The Dodgers flew to Colorado without Yasiel Puig, but they did present a couple of new players, Josh Reddick, and Jesse Chavez. Their debuts turned out to reflect the highs and lows of the game, as the Dodgers lost the opening game of the series, 3-7.
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Brandon McCarthy threw 38 pitches, but at least he didn’t give up any runs.
Threatening once again. McCarthy at 60 pitches, 2 on and no out.
Rockies score first. 1-0
4th inning Rockies 1-0
Dodgers got men on the corners with two out for Yasmani Grandal. Nothing.
After hitting 85 pitches with two on and no out, McCarthy was done. Luis Avilan in.
Base hit. 2-0 and bases loaded.
Hit batter. 3-0
Inning ended 4-0.
5th inning Rockies 4-0
J.P. Howell in.
Wow, scoreless inning.
Also a scoreless inning.
6th inning Rockies 4-0
New Dodger Jesse Chavez in (with one out).
2-run double for Carlos Gonzalez. 6-0
‘Nother single, ‘nother run. 7-0
Does it matter who’s pitching at this point?
Kiké Enrique Hernandez made a good throw to nail a Rockies runner at the plate. Good, not great. The great part came when Grandal took the throw on the wrong side of the plate, swirled 180 degrees, and made the tag for the out.
9th inning Rockies 7-2
Adrian Gonzalez: 4-3 (shift out)
Yasmani Grandal: Home Run! 3-7
Joc Pederson 3u
Howie Kendrick: K
Dodgers lose 3-7
Brandon McCarthy was absolutely terrible tonight. Blame the weather. Blame the delay. Blame Puig being AWOL. Whatever the reason, McCarthy couldn’t find the strike zone. It was not pretty to watch. He walked 5 batters in the first 3 innings.
Then Avilan entered and continued the suck.
Speaking of lousy pitching, new Dodger Jesse Chavez did nothing but give up hits and runs.
Josh Reddick had a pretty good debut, as he made a couple of nice plays in RF, including one Puig-esque forward diving grab. He went 0 for 4 batting clean up (no pressure), but hit the ball right on the screws a couple of times.
The Dodgers’ bats did not help their cause either. They didn’t get their first hit until the fourth, and didn’t score until the 8th.
We call it like it here at LADR. Sometimes it’s a team win. Tonight was a team loss. Let’s just forget this one and go to bed early tonight.
Brandon McCarthy’s box score: Lousy! ‘Nuff said.
Home runs: Yasmani Grandal
Team with RISP: 1 for 6 And it felt worse than that.