Well, that was depressing. For the second day in a row, the Dodgers had a lead in the second half of the game, and for the second day in a row, they blew it to go to extra innings. Unfortunately, this time they couldn’t manage to overcome those miscues. And it wasn’t even Brandon League‘s fault!
Zack Greinke was decent but far-less-than dominant in pitching into the sixth inning, hurt mainly by a two-run homer to Carlos Gonzalez that came on an outside pitch that wasn’t really much of a mistake at all. And have I mentioned how much I hate Gonzalez in Coors Field, and that park in general?
But again, that’s far from the main story here — nor, really, is Tim Federowicz‘ first big league homer or the three runs he drove in. Carl Crawford doubled twice but pulled up lame coming into second on the latter hit, and had to be removed from the game with what the team calls “a cramp“. We don’t yet know the severity of Crawford’s injury, but it’s already had an immediate impact: Yasiel Puig was held out of tonight’s Chattanooga lineup “to ensure he doesn’t get hurt while the team determines the status of Crawford,” reports Bill Shaikin.
Overprotective? Perhaps, but Crawford and A.J. Ellis are both aching, and now we’re hearing that Hyun-jin Ryu is suddenly not even sure he can make his scheduled start tomorrow thanks to a sore left foot suffered while blocking a comebacker his last time out, reports Ken Gurnick. (A note within the same piece mentions also that Chris Capuano is dealing with a cramp in his left triceps. Will the fun never end?) Matt Magill would likely make the start if Ryu can’t go, though that’s a decision that really needs to be made today if Magill is going to get from Albuquerque to Denver in time for a 1:10pm PT start tomorrow.
Back to today’s game, Don Mattingly was ejected in the sixth inning for arguing that Greinke caught a liner that certainly did look like it bounced. That’s notable mostly because for all those who insisted when the “fire Mattingly!” furor was at its peak that literally anyone could do a better job, look no further than Trey Hillman, who removed Paco Rodriguez for Ronald Belisario in the seventh inning.
Rodriguez had retired three Rockies on 11 pitches, and hasn’t really shown much of a platoon split over his short career. Nonetheless, Hillman tried to put him in the LOOGY box and brought on the shaky Belisario to face Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer. Belisario failed to retire either, and Cuddyer’s two-run no-doubt blast tied the game at six.
It should be noted that Belisario was followed by a great outing from J.P. Howell, who struck out four of the nine Rockies he faced in 2.1 perfect innings. Unfortunately, the Dodgers could do nothing against several Colorado relievers — that’s on the whole team of course, but I’m going to mainly point at Andre Ethier, who went 0-5 and looked awful doing it — and that led to the position you always want to be in, having Matt Guerrier on the mound in the tenth.
I’m not sure if Guerrier was in rather than Kenley Jansen because Jansen had thrown in the two previous games or, as I fear, that Hillman was saving Jansen for the save situation that would never come. Either way, Guerrier wasn’t as bad as the loss would make it look, getting two quick outs before getting two simple ground balls that didn’t turn into outs. If not for some bad luck, he might not have had to face Dexter Fowler with two men on… which turned into a Colorado walk-off when Fowler singled sharply down the right field line.
So now we wait, and for all the roster confusion we talked about earlier, the new injury to Crawford complicates things even further.
This gets fun at some point, right?