The vastly improved and newly optimistic Dodgers went to dangerous Colorado for a four-game series against the NL West, first place Rockies. They did so after a night game, which meant they landed at four in the morning. Maybe they should have planned to be there earlier, because they slept-walked through a stinker of a first game.
In a battle of the southpaws, the Dodgers brought ol’ number 99, Hyun-Jin Ryo to face off against rookie Jeff Hoffman, who struck out ten Diamondbacks in his last outing. Hoffman continued that hot streak by striking out three Dodgers in the first inning.
Ryu had no such luck. He quickly gave up a walk, single, and a two out, two run double in the first. Rockies 2-0
Ryu you wasn’t done serving up fat, two out pitches, and the Rockies weren’t done taking advantage. in the second, they blasted another TWO two out, two-run doubles. The deuces were wild, but oh boy, not in a good way. The conga line continued, and it was 7-0 Rockies at the end of two.
In Ryu’s defense, the five second inning runs were unearned, as Austin Barnes committed an error on a sac bunt throw to second. The resulting error kept the inning alive, and the Dodgers’ fate was sealed.
Meanwhile, Hoffman the rookie had five strikeouts after his first time through the Dodgers lineup.
In the fourth inning the Rockies sped things up and scored with only one out. The game went to an almost insurmountable 9-0 score, Ryu was at 90 pitches, and no one was up in the Dodgers’ pen. It was clear the skipper was leaving Ryu out there to take the beating for the team.
To add a touch of comic tragedy to the affair, at one point the HP umpire, Ryu’s translator, and assorted interested parties gathered at the mound to talk Ryu through an interpretation of the balk rule. When everyone returned to their positions, Ryu immediately balked in the 10th run. The game was officially over, and the Dodgers were dead men playing.
In the fifth, and after 101 pitches, Ryu was finally put down.
Naturally, in this game of oddity, Scott Van Slyke came up to PH for Ryu and he hit a home run. Rockies 10-1
Josh Fields came in to mop up the mess in the fifth.
The Dodgers managed to generate a pulse in the sixth with two runs behind a Chase Utley triple and an Austin Barnes double. Rockies 10-3
The boys stayed quiet for the next couple of innings, and managed to get off the floor in the eighth, with a rally that was capped off by a two run double, courtesy of Yasmani Grandal. It was Rockies 10-5 and the Dodgers were starting to feel like it was a game again.
Cody Bellinger singled to make it two on with no out, and suddenly the Rockies felt like it was a game.
They switched pitchers and Chris Taylor rapped a single into left field to load the bases (with no out) for none other than Chase Utley. Utley swung at the first pitch and into a double play. One run scored but the Dodgers were down to their last out. Rockies 10-7
Up came Yasiel Puig – who had been played by the Rockies in his previous at bat. Puig returned to his over-aggressive chasing of balls far out of the strike zone, and the Rockies milked that again. Yasiel struck out on terrible pitches, but that really didn’t matter as the Dodgers had a terrible night, and there was enough blame to go around.
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Finish it!: The Rockies scored their first seven runs with two outs.
More Finish it: The Dodgers left nine men on base and Puig was responsible for leaving four of them. Then again, so was Cody Bellinger.