Ryu Hot, De La Rosa…Not

The Dodgers just seem to have his number.  To quote in-house RWO team statistician EdTheUmp:

De la Rosa 0-6 in decisions vs Dodgers…team is 0-13 when he starts against Dodgers. The Rox look like they have a hangover from all the hits last night.

While a ton of credit goes to South Korea native Hyun-Jin Ryu, mixed with some questioned calls behind the dish, the Rockies had several chances to make a game of it.  Sadly, they wasted their hits and runs the night before and floundered to even get a piece of the ball tonight.

The Dodgers Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched up a storm, showing why the Dodgers dropped a mint to even get the chance to talk to him in person.  In the dating world it would be considered an escort service, but in baseball it is courting players in Asia that requires money up front.  Ryu’s final line: 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2BB and 12K’s!  The only person to really get to him was CarGo with a 1st inning HR.  Other than that he had pretty much everyone’s number all night.  The Rockies were held to five hits, with no single player getting more than one.

De La Rosa, on the other hand, looked extremely vulnerable tonight.  As EdTheUmp mentioned, he hasn’t had much luck in the Dodger arena.  He only lasted four innings and gave up 11 hits, 6 earned with 2 walks and 1 HR.  His ERA jumped from 2.86 to 4.18 when the night was done.

Thankfully the team wasn’t outdone by poor base running, or poor fielding.  In fact, the team turned one of the best double plays in recent memory.  In the bottom of the second A.J. Ellis on second and Uribe on first, Ryu came up to the plate to bunt them over.  The second he squared around for his second attempt, Herrera broke from short to third and Arenado stormed the castle, grabbing the ball practically hot off the bat and firing it back to Johnny who then riffled it to first to complete the DP.  It was a thing of beauty and a big boost to De La Rosa.

But the boost didn’t last long, as the very next batter, Jerry Hairston, hit an RBI single and was followed by a Nick Punto RBI single.

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Doc
Doc
7 years ago

The 5-6-3 double play on Ryu’s bunt was a thing of beauty. Best part of the game by far. I agree Ed, listening to Vin instead of the Rox homers is a breath of fresh air.

MarcelGirard
MarcelGirard
7 years ago
Reply to  Doc

Listening to Vin Scully instead of anybody else is a breath of fresh air.

Living in Colorado I can only get the Root Sports broadcast so my solution was to mute the TV and listen to the Dodgers radio feed on At Bat 13. The Vin Scully television call is also their radio broadcast for the 1st part of the game.

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

Ole Jim Leyland’s saying never rang more true watching last nights game, momentum only carries you as far as your next day starting pitcher. Ryu was dominant last night, but DLR never gave the Rox a chance. Can’t give up 6 runs in 3 innings and expect to win a night game at Dodger stadium very often. I would like to say the Rox offense really stunk up the joint last night, but in this case I really feel you… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

The Rockies always look extra bad against mercurial imports like this guy, going all the way back to Hideo Nomo.

Banjar
Banjar
7 years ago

Whatever happened to the days of choking up on the bat when hitting with two strikes in order to protect the stike zone? There’s nothing wrong with playing small ball; the Rox have proven that swinging for the fence on every at-bat isn’t successful. Granted 12 strikeouts is better than 27, but, frankly, it doesn’t necessarily feel any better.

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago

On the possible bright side…safe to say that Cargo is coming out of the slump? 1 for 2 (a Big one) with 2 walks last night…3 for 6 the night before…Out of the slump or “we’ll see”….?

jaredean
jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  TJinPhoenix

We’ll see is my thought…Monday night his “hits”, other than the double, weren’t the best…I do like that he walked a lot last night, that is something he really needs to work on – but I still see him struggling for another week or so…Hopefully it will be the opposite of last season, the one where he was hot before the ASB and cold after…

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I’m in the “we’ll see” crowd as well….heck, I’m that way about the whole team/season right now. Growing up a Cubs fan will do that to a person….always expect darkness after the sunshine…

DRH
DRH
7 years ago
Reply to  TJinPhoenix

I grew up a Washington Senators fan. Just darkness. If there’s sunshine, in the offseason the team will be moved.

But actually that’s not a bad scenario when applied to individuals.
I think we’re one legit pitcher away from the playoffs.. Question is, where is that pitcher and who do we trade to get him? Lots of candidates for the latter with Blackmon, Colvin and LeMahieu in the wings if we do trade a current Major Leaguer in the sunshine.

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

I’m also in the wait and see with Cargo. With the way he swings the bat he is one AB away from going on a tear and hitting .500 over the next 10 days or he is one AB away from going 2-38 with 20 K’s. Probly going to the extreme there but you just never know with him it seems. I also agree the Rox are one good starter away from being serious contenders. Although I don’t see the… Read more »

DrRockies
Editor
DrRockies
7 years ago
Reply to  Cameo

Patrick Saunders mentioned a few days ago that the Rox may wait until the all-star break to see how things are shaping up and if we are contenders, they would probably entertain thoughts of signing a pitcher. Nice to end April in first place. Now just build on it and get the right 25 guys on the roster. I would have no problem with bringing up DJLaM if Rutledge needs a short stint to find his stroke. My biggest beef… Read more »

jaredean
jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  DrRockies

I’m surprised you aren’t seeing the wisdom of having EYj in the lineup…while he has made some serious base running mistakes lately, I view that as an anomaly in what I think will come together sooner rather than later…but, I think he is a legit hitter and I have no problem with his hard hit balls…he finds the gaps and turns a would-be double into a triple with his speed (or a single into a double, as we’ve seen him… Read more »

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I thought EYj carried the team last Aug.before he got hurt.Actually only time the team played at .500 for any 30 day period last year I believe. Smarter baserunning and I like him at the top to stir things up.No,this is not Pooter using an alias.

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