It’s close to nervous time for the Dodgers, as the regular season enters it’s final month. Only 32 games remain and, after the dropping their third straight game, the Dodgers now find themselves 3 1/2 games out of first place in the National League West after their 8-4 loss to the last-place Colorado Rockies last night at Coors Field.
To make matters worse, all-star center fielder Matt Kemp suffered a gruesome crash into the wall in left-center field trying to flag down what would result in a triple for Jeff Rutledge. Kemp, running full speed, appeared to have misjudged where he was and ran smack-dab into the wall, his face hitting the chain-link fence portion of the wall and his leg smacking into the padded portion. Kemp remained lying on the center-field grass for several minutes before finally standing up and staying in the game. However, he was removed one batter later after laying out for a double by Jordan Pacheco.
The offense, for the most part, was missing in action for the Dodgers. Only three days after making the big trade to acquire Adrian Gonzales from the Red Sox, and scoring runs aplenty against the Marlins, the Dodgers offense has resembled the one from the dog days of June. In two games in Colorado, the Dodgers have been outscored 18-4. Chris Capuano (11-10) struggled mightily again, giving up four first-inning runs putting the Dodgers at a severe disadvantage before they even got a chance to get settled. It seems that giving up runs early and falling behind has been a recurring theme for the Dodger pitchers lately. Capuano also gave up three runs in the first inning last week in a pivotal match against the Giants.
Down four runs, the Dodgers tried to rally by getting one back in the top half of the second inning on a sacrifice fly by catcher A.J. Ellis. However, Capuano gave it right back to the Rockies in the third inning giving up a home-run to catcher Willin Rosario. The Dodgers then loaded the bases with nobody out in the fourth, but were only able to salvage one run. Gonzales opened the inning with a walk and Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier followed with singles. But Adam Kennedy grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, scoring a run, but killing the rally.
The Rockies then added three more runs to, effectively, put the game away. The Dodgers scrapped out a run in the eight and ninth, respectively on a Juan Rivera sacrifice and a Ramirez home-run.
Time is almost running out for the boys in blue. There is still a full month to play but the Giants keep winning and the Dodgers keep faltering. A tough 10-game road trip still looms in mid-September for the Dodgers where they travel to Washington D.C. and Cincinnati, the two teams with the best record in all of baseball.
Joe Blanton takes the mound, hoping to notch his first win with the Dodgers and get them back on track.
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Written by Simran Reyatt
Growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles I became passionate about sports around 1988, watching the showtime Lakers and the miracle Dodgers. I have been hooked ever since! Lakers, Raider and Dodgers are my main passions, but really, I'm a huge sports lover as a whole.