It wasn’t without drama.
In a moment that seemed scripted by a Dodger diehard fan, Matt Kemp came to bat with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh. Yes, the very same Matt Kemp that hit his 12th HR in April just six innings earlier, putting him in an elite class of only four players in the history of the MLB to have more than 10 HR’s, hit over .400 and have at least 20 RBI’s.
Nicasio had already pitched six strong innings, and in an effort to save the bullpen’s arms, Jim Tracy brought him in to start the seventh – despite his high pitch count. After two back to back singles he was pulled in favor of Esmil Rogers. Rogers then proceeded to walk Mark Ellis, setting up the less than pleasant prospect of facing not only Kemp, but Ether and Loney – all with bases loaded.
To say Rogers picked the best time to throw his perfectly nasty curveball, would be an understatement. To watch Kemp swing through the pitch was pure elation, but only short-lived because of who was on deck.
Rogers was replaced by Rex Brothers, who has had his own struggles this season, and the fans nails were being bit to the quick. Brothers was facing Andre Ethier. Ethier, who has been almost as hot as Kemp, wth 24 RBI’s to his name in April.
Brothers pitched masterfully and ended up striking out Ethier. In the last pitching match-up of the inning, Tracy saw Don Mattingly’s pinch-hitter Juan Rivera and raised him Edgmer Escalona. Checkmate to Tracy, as Escalona induced a pop-up and all three base-runners slunk to the dugout.
Escalona came back in and pitched another great scoreless/hitless 8th and Betancourt finished with a perfect ninth as the Rockies beat the Dodgers 6-2.
- Scutaro is heading up, going 2-4 with a run.
- CarGo is blazing hot, going 2-3 with 2 RBI’s and a walk. He has 13 RBI’s in the last seven games.
- The Rockies finished April at a perfect .500 (11-11)
- Nicasio’s line: 6 IP, 9H, 2ER, 2BB, 4SO