The Dodgers flew into Denver for the final series of the regular season with the hopes of playing spoiler. The Dodgers were hoping to spoil Colorado’s Wild Card party this weekend. Colorado needs to win just two of the three to clinch the second wild card. Unfortunately the Dodgers were thoroughly embarrassed in what is for them a meaningless game/series.
The boys in blue were beat down by a 9-1 score. The Dodgers gave the ball to Hyun-jin Ryu on Friday night despite him being historically atrocious in Denver. Why? Because these games are meaningless for the Dodgers. They still have yet to clinch best record, but honestly I’m not very concerned with that. The most important thing is that nobody gets hurt in the few days before the postseason. Of course not getting embarrassed would be nice also.
Hyun-jin Ryu career at Coors Field- 3 GS 14.2 IP 14 ER 22H 5.52 ERA
But that’s just what happened on Friday evening in the Rocky Mountains. The Dodgers played a meaningless game and played like it was a meaningless game. Ryu was predictably horrendous allowing five earned runs on six hits across two of the worst innings I’ve seen since Brock Stewart’s last start. Trevor Story hit a home run, tripled, and singled in a 3 for 4 performance. Colorado got dingers from Charlie Blackmon, (two-run shot), Nolan Arenado (solo shot), and Matt Reynolds (solo shot). The Rockies hit four home runs and had six extra-base hits and were up 9-1 by the sixth inning.
Right hander Chad Bettis showed the Rockies why he should be considered for the postseason roster with a strong outing against the uninterested Dodgers. Bettis tossed seven innings and allowed just one earned run on four hits while striking out four indifferent Dodgers.
Yes the Dodgers were uninterested and indifferent during this game. The Dodgers only run of the game came in the third inning on Justin Turner’s RBI single. The offense was equally as pathetic as Ryu, Buehler, Cigrani and every pitcher who took the mound. The Dodgers collected just six hits and two walks while stranding six runners on base. The game ended on a double play. That’s about all I can say about this one.
And that’s about all I want to say about this game. It was as pathetic as it looked. I won’t bore you with anymore details about it. So go out and have a lovely Friday evening. Go see a movie, or spend time with your family. Call your significant other, or catch up on some much needed sleep. Get some work done, or grab that great book you’ve been wanting to read but never had the time. The Dodgers lost a meaningless game in which they gave up before the game was played. They played terribly and looked like they just weren’t interested.
Oh and Tim Locastro might make the postseason roster as a pinch-runner. That would be horrifyingly stupid, but Dave Roberts is talking about it like it’s a thing. Unless you have Dee Gordon or Billy Hamilton speed there is no reason for jerking around with precious postseason roster spots.
Note-Taylor is reportedly returning to the lineup on Saturday. He’s still nursing that knee injury. Colorado can clinch the second wild card with a win and or Milwaukee loss on Saturday or Sunday.
The Dodgers fall to an unfathomably bad 102-58, but still have the best record in baseball. Clayton Kershaw takes the mound on Saturday evening, as the Rockies send German Marquez to the mound. It would appear to be a mismatch, but you never know.