The Colorado Rockies were hanging in there. They’d fallen behind 3-2 in the top of the 5th, then tied it. As Christian Bergman (2-4, 5.56) warmed-up to open the 6th, Rockies’ broadcaster Drew Goodman delivered the mortifying news that Rex Brothers was getting ready in the Colorado bullpen. If there was ever a time to shut the Los Angeles Dodgers down 1-2-3, this was it, but instead Bergman elected to channel Alex White and drill lead-off hitter Carl Crawford in the back, a Rockies’ pitching strategy that dates back to the Bob Apodaca era. Bergman went-on to surrender singles to Juan Uribe and AJ Ellis to load the bases, and on came Brothers. It took the left-hander only 2 pitches to ruin Bergman’s night, and it left citizens in the states of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and even some in the rebel-held provincial capital of Donetsk to wonder why in the hell Rex Brothers is wearing a baseball uniform, not to mention one of a Major League team. On the other hand it is well known the citizens in these areas are excessively emotional, and prone to exaggeration. About 45 minutes later Ellis grounded-out to end the inning, and the Dodgers led 11-3, a score that held until the finish of the Monday night contest at Coors Field in Denver.
Bergman pitched 5 decent innings before succumbing. Brothers was followed by Nick Masset, who was horrible, allowing the 2 Brothers left-on to score along with 3 more that were solely his own creation. Colorado manager Walt Weiss paraded Matt Belisle, Brooks Brown, Christian Friedrich and Adam Ottavino to the mound to handle the final innings, and in the ‘pen’s defense, they were solid, stifling Los Angeles on a hit and a walk the rest of the way.
But if you want to talk about stifling, you can hand it to the Dodgers’ relief corps as well. Paco Rodriguez came-on in relief of starter Roberto Hernandez to get the final out in the 4th, and Pedro Baez, Brandon League, Brian Wilson and Chris Perez combined with former Rockie Jamie Wright to hold Colorado to the 5th inning run on 4 hits the rest of the way.
LA picked-up a game on the hated Giants, who lost in Arizona to the Dbacks, and will be back for more Rockie meat tonight. Dan Haren goes for the Dodgers against Tyler Matzek of Colorado. It’s another 6:40 start at Coors Filed.