Clayton Kershaw came down with the loss on this one, and I suppose it’s hard to feel too badly for him, since he allowed two homers and three runs in his six innings. Watching him, however, didn’t feel like that; it’s hardly a shame to give up a dinger to Troy Tulowitzki in Coors Field, and Kershaw’s command was once again impressive, whiffing eight while allowing just one walk. He’s now up to 17 K and 1 BB on the season, which is, uh, pretty goddamn good.
No, this was another of those games where the box score should really read “W – J.Chacin, L – Dodgers”, because this was a team effort as far as offensive ineptitude. I don’t want to totally take away from Jhoulys Chacin, who is very underrated and was very extremely impressive tonight, but with the exception of Andre Ethier, who got on base three times, this was an offense that couldn’t have been less threatening. Rafael Furcal grounded out four times. Juan Uribe went o-for-4, though at least two of them were loud outs. And James Loney is off to a 3-for-18 start, exactly what he needed in what is truly a make-or-break year for him. Tony Gwynn, at least, managed to double and make a fantastic defensive play, barehanding a wallball to cut down Todd Helton at second, but it’s generally not a good sign when Gwynn is putting up the only extra base hits, right?
Fun fact: there are, at the time of this writing, 102 players on other teams who have as many, or more, homers than the entire Dodgers club. It’s only five games, of course, so there’s no need to panic just yet, but so far, Dennis Green is looking prescient: they are who we thought they were.