Series Finale vs. Rockies

A little afternoon baseball as the Dodgers take on the Rockies in the series finale until they meet again in Los Angeles for the season finale on September 26th. With the Dodgers losing and the Giants winning last night, the Dodgers lead in the NL West is now down to 3 games. It’s tough for L.A. to rely on the DBacks to beat the Giants. We all know how terribly the DBacks, along with the Padres, and Rockies have struggled this season. These next few weeks are HUGE especially when the Dodgers come back home to face the Giants in a deciding 3 game series.

Carlos Frias took the mound in the high noon game in Denver today. Frias has been with the Dodgers organization since he was only 17 years old. He is now 24 years old and this is his first season with the major league club. His last outing, which was a start, came against the Nationals on September 3rd. His final line of the game was 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 SO. Very solid outing and he was looking to have a similar outing this afternoon like the one in early September. It was a very very bad outing.

1st Inning

The Rockies came out with a huge explosion of hits and runs, to say the least.
Frias allowed 10 hits and 6 runs in the first inning. He was limited to 38 pitches in the 2/3 innings he pitched. Scott Elbert came in to relieve Frias… Well, it wasn’t much of a relief. Morneau promptly singles to center which then scores two runs. Both of those runs get charged to Frias, which is 8 ER for Frias. The first inning couldn’t have been any worse. Well it could have been worse but let’s just be thankful it wasn’t.

The first two innings took about and hour to complete.

Now at this point in the game we are all feeling pretty damn shitty, right?

Down 8-0 in the 2nd inning there is no chance to overcome this deficit, right? Yep, you’re right.

What I got from the first inning: Coors Field… Pitchers. Worst. Nightmare.

One upside for the Dodgers is that they now have 8 innings to score 8 runs.

Two downsides:
1) It is really hard to do.
2) The bullpen has to be really good for 8 innings, which is also hard to do.

There were many downsides to this game but I’d rather not point every single one of them out, it’s just depressing and makes my angry. But the bullpen did just as bad a job as Carlos Frias did. Actually the bullpen wasn’t that bad at all, Correia had a very tough time getting people out.
Correia: 3 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 HR
Rest of bullpen: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER

The Rockies ended up scoring 4 more runs in the next few innings to make it 12-0. At this point, all I can think about is “Please don’t score 17 runs, please don’t score 17 runs, PLEASE DO NOT SCORE 17 RUNS!!!!”. The Dodgers scored 17 runs Friday night in San Francisco and shutout the Giants. So yes, it would be very saddening and ironic to see that Rox put up 17 runs.

The Rockies scored 2 in the 6th and 1 in the 7th to make it 15-0, now only 2 runs away from the 17 mark. In the top half of the 8th inning Darwin Barney steps up to the plate and delivers a solo HR to put the Dodgers on the board for the first time this afternoon. The Rox got out with a bang and hit a solo shot in the bottom of the 8th, makes things 16-1. The Dodgers scampered for one run in the 9th and that was about it.

Dodgers player of the game: Darwin Barney 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Hit a solo HR in the 8th inning.

The Dodgers lose 16-2 and will now fly out to the windy city to begin a 4 game series with the Cubs tomorrow evening at 5:05.

Tomorrows pitching matchup: Zack Greinke 15-8, 2.64 ERA vs. Tsuyoshi Wada 4-3, 3.34 ERA

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