Rockies 7, Dodgers 5: Happy That’s Over With

volquez_2013-09-04_2Edinson 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.

260 comments
Technogit
Technogit

Those guys tweeting about what a bad manager Donnie is for making that lineup need to chill.  That lineup was the managing equivalent of a sacrifice fly...you give up something to get something.  We gave up a win (an out of town win to a team that is no threat to us in the standings) and got two consecutive days rest, for a lot of guys, going into the last month of the season.

Noel D
Noel D

Any chance at all Kemp plays in Cincy, or not until the team comes home next Monday?

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

ESPN Insider says Reds are bunt happy

scottmbarrett
scottmbarrett

the box score for this game reads like an MLB the Show game in which i got really bored and wanted to start managing a bit more.

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

So we got cap tomorrow huh?  Ok, Ryu's back better not be in the same shape as Kemp's ankle was.

TaintsnifferMcGillicutty
TaintsnifferMcGillicutty

Hahahahahahahahaha HC still sending me e-mails..........also christianmingle hahahahahaha

Kewldood69
Kewldood69

Drinking Hoppin' Frogs' B.O.R.I.S. right now...meh. 

Noel D
Noel D

Off to watch Pineapple Express.  Be good, kids

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

I think as a 49er fan they should my column:

Noel D
Noel D

As a fan, I hate off days.  But after tomorrow, they only have one more rest day.  This month could be tricky.  Rest everyone and risk losing the competitive edge.  Chase the 1-seed and risk tiring guys out or unnecessary injury...

DBrim
DBrim moderator

They are.

Hoze
Hoze

@I'm Sorry I'm Such An Asshole Puig and Hanley hot hitting is also key...Gonzo and Ethier clutch hitting is key... stop-gap starting pitching is key... many keys to many problems to surmount on the road to a championship 

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

4 bunt attempts in 2 innngs between 8 batters?

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

"Clutch hitting"

I hope you masturbate with Michael Young

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

How many wins has this strategy cost them?