Edinson Volquez wasn’t good, but… well, I guess I’m not quite sure how to end that sentence. It could have been worse, I guess? Volquez got to 0-2 on three of his first four hitters, but still allowed six hits (including a Todd Helton homer) and runs in each of his first three innings. He also retired the last six he faced and didn’t walk anyone before being lifted after 75 pitches and four innings, so I suppose he can take something positive away from this — even if the rest of us can’t.
Otherwise, a whole lot happened in what was an interminably long game. It’s a rare and terrible thing when you can watch a game in which the Dodgers are trailing and not have a ton of emotion about whether they can come back or not, but that’s what happens when Volquez is followed by Brandon League and Carlos Marmol and Brian Wilson and, I don’t know, probably Russ Ortiz and Brett Tomko and Yhency Brazoban too. (Yes, J.P. Howell and Paco Rodriguez were in there too.)
Thanks to September baseball, the two teams combined to use 13 pitchers, not a single one of whom other than the two starters went more than a single inning. As Marmol did everything he could to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 7-2 laugher, you began to wonder if a game could just be marked a forfeit in the middle of an inning.
The Dodgers at least managed to return some intrigue with a three-run seventh, including run-scoring hits from Michael Young (one of his three hits on the day), Juan Uribe, & Skip Schumaker. But with two on and one out, Colorado reliever Manny Corpas managed to strike out both Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig. For a split-second in the ninth, it appeared as though Hanley Ramirez might have tied it with a hard shot off of Rex Brothers, but Carlos Gonzalez managed to come down with it on the warning track. Young grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game and the six-game winning streak.
It’s important to remember that the Dodgers sent out a joke lineup and still managed to stay in the game, and they still have a 12.5 game lead in the West headed into their day off tomorrow. (Hell, the starters who pinch-hit, including Andre Ethier & Adrian Gonzalez along with Puig & Crawford, all failed to reach.) Keep that in mind as you do a Twitter search for Don Mattingly, because apparently an otherwise forgettable September 4th game is the most important match of the season. As for me, I’m just happy we’re done with Coors Field for 2013. That’s the biggest win of the day.