As Scott told us in the pregame report, this is the last time in 2016 the Dodgers will play in the Baseball Devil’s Triangle known as Coors field. Kenta Maeda, the most consistent Dodgers starting pitcher since the All-Star break, was tasked with winning his seventh straight game.
The game was a scoreless pitcher’s battle for the first three innings. And there was this…
I got home just in time to see something special: The Traded Flop getting a base hit.
There was another single, but no one came in. After a total of five hits through four, the Dodgers remained scoreless.
With one on, Maeda left a pitch up too high and paid the price, a two-run bomb. 2-0
5th inning 0-2
A single and a HBP put two Dodgers on. Results: Nothing.
Held scoreless. Maeda had 6 Ks by this point.
6th inning 0-2
Maeda out. Grant Dayton in.
7th inning 0-2
Over the past two innings the Dodgers had been expanding the strike zone and really helping the Rockies pitchers.
Corey Seager was hit in the wrist by a pitch. It was a scary moment as Seager reacted to being hit by showing immediate and intense pain. He remained in the game.
Adam Liberatore in. After a walk and a couple of singles, the Rockies had their third run. 0-3
He then gave up a two-run double. 0-5 All with only one out.
Pedro Baez in. Another double, another run. 0-6 The Rockies weren’t done slapping around Baez. They added one more run.
8th inning 0-7
The Dodgers went quietly.
Add another Rockies run. 0-8
Dodgers lose 1-8
Kenta Maeda used fastballs and an effective change up to keep the Rockies scoreless for the first three innings. He gave up a 2-run dinger on a mistake pitch, but otherwise kept his team close enough to win. It was a shame to see him get the loss in a game where the bullpen gave up six runs after Maeda left.
The Dodgers had their chances: By the 5th inning, they had left six runners on. By the end of the game, the count was 11.
Maeda-san is the boss of Coors: He is the only Dodger to pitch at least three times in a season at Coors and only give up two or less runs every time.
The Rockies hit our ROY twice today. The second time was particularly scary.. Seager took a tight and inside pitch on the inside rear of his left wrist. It looked painful as all heck, and the cameras showed a clear bump and bruise growing there. We may not see him tomorrow.
From the Traded Flop Marching and Chowder Society: He got a base hit today! Wake me when he gets an RBI.
Dodgers bats cooling off? Per Dodgerrick: before today’s game the Dodgers had scored only 9 runs in the past 5 games. They scored only one today, giving them 10 runs over the last 6 games. We all know scoring 1.6 runs a game is not going to cut it. The A.J. Trade Curse lives on.
Kenta Maeda (L 13-8) went five innings with 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 HR, 1 walk, 6 Ks. ERA 3.38
Team with RISP: 0 for 8 At Coors. 0 for 8!