It was a melancholy night in the City of Angels, as baseball mourned the death of the San Diego Padres’ Hall of Famer Tony Gwinn, as good a hitter and by all accounts as good a guy as most of us will remember.
The Colorado Rockies didn’t have a lot going on for what turned-out to be a Blue Monday in LA, losing to the Dodgers 6-1, who limited the Colorado offense to 4 hits, 2 from catcher Wilin Rosario. Hyun-Jin Ryu (8-3, 3.18) logged 6 innings and allowed 3 of the hits. He was followed by Brandon League, JP Howell, stupid-looking Brian Wilson, and former Rockie Jamie Wright, who retired 9 of the 10 Colorado batters they faced.
Tyler Matzek (1-1, 3.75) took the loss for the Rockies in his second Major League start, close to home territory for the Mission Viejo, CA native. The left-hander turned in a serviceable effort. He lasted 5 but surrendered 3 runs on 10 hits with 2 walks and didn’t strike-out a hitter. The Colorado bullpen was less than special. Chris Martin gave-up 2 in the 6th and Nick Masset allowed one in the 8th. In-between Matt Belisle delivered a clean 7th, his third consecutive strong appearance. Belisle, along with fellow Killer B Rex Brothers, is on a roll, but that’s little comfort when the Muddling Ms can’t hold-back the tide.
The Dodgers scored in the 3rd, 5th, 6th and 8th. While it’s not the sole key to stifling the Los Angeles offense, keeping 2nd-baseman Dee Gordon off the bases is certainly an admirable goal, and the Rockies couldn’t reach it. Gordon went 4 for 4 and reached 5 times, including the triple he hit to open the scoring as Colorado left-fielder Charlie Blackmon chased the sliced line-drive along the outfield wall with Josh Rutledge-like panache. Gordon is a menace; his presence on base shreds the usual balance on defense; having him out there during 5 different innings is a prescription for disaster.
Rosario was 2 for 3, and accounted for Colorado’s only score on a solo homer in the 4th, potentially good news for RWOers impatient for some boom from the Bull.
There’s little time to mope. The two squads go back at it this evening, again at Dodger Stadium. LA throws-up another ace, as Russ Greinke faces the Rockies’ Jhoulys Chacin, who finally got off the 2014 “schneid” with a win last Thursday. Game time is 8:10 pm MDT.