The rotation the rest of the week is as follows: Penny on Tuesday, Hendrickson Wed., Tomko Thurs, Billingsley Friday and Lowe Saturday. Lowe still hasn’t thrown off a mound, but Grady said Lowe has felt so good throwing off flat ground that they’re confident he is ready to go. And Penny’s cramps are apparently only an issue when he runs to cover first or on a batted ball, so they’ll send him back out and watch him closely. Still no date set for Randy Wolf’s next rehab outing because he still has stiffness in his shoulder. Grady admitted that it can be termed a setback. No telling when this guy is going to be back.
This one was over before it started. Rockies had their ace going. Dodgers had Tomko. Boys fall to 57-47 and into a first-place tie with AZ, 1 1/2 ahead of the Pods and 4 1/2 ahead of the Rox.
Tomko settled in and shut out the Rockies on three hits from the third through the sixth. But the Dodgers blew a potentially big seventh after Ethier’s RBI single got them within three runs and left runners on the corners with one out. Lieberthal popped up in foul territory, and Russ Martin, hitting for Tomko, popped up in fair territory. Seanez in now. Rockies 5, Dodgers 2, bottom 7
As the Dodgers jogged off the field at the end of the second inning, a Dodgers fan in the mezzanine, just to the right of the press box, stood up and yelled as loudly as he could, “Tomko, you (stink). You’re a disgrace to the blue.” Well, that’s a matter of opinion, I guess. But at least the guy had some supportive data. Tomko walked the first batter in each of the first two innings and would have walked the leadoff man in the third, too, if plate umpire Doug Eddings hadn’t given him a break and rung up Todd Helton on a 3-2 pitch that was clearly low. Ryan Spilborghs, who walked to lead off the first, scored on a two-run homer by Matt Holliday. Brad Hawpe, who walked to lead off the second, scored on a two-run homer by Troy Tulowitzki. Tomko then got ahead of Spilborghs 0-2, threw him two balls, then gave up an RBI single to center. Kent just drove in the Dodgers’ first run with an RBI single off Jeff Francis, extending Kent’s major-league-best on-base streak to 37 games. Rockies 5, Dodgers 1, middle 4
Russell Martin is NOT starting tonight. “Lieberthal was ready to go,” Grady said. “I think two days for Russ and another one on Monday might get him right back to where he needs to be (with his stiff lower back). I see a different look on his face today (after not playing Friday).” … Also, D-Lowe’s bullpen session was pushed back a day because the off-day made it less urgent that he start as scheduled on Tuesday, even though Grady hasn’t officially ruled him out of that game. Lowe did throw in a pitching motion off flat ground and said he felt “100 times better than yesterday.” … Still no news on Randy Wolf, but you can take it to the bank he’ll do at least one more rehab start.
Saenz got a big cake from his teammates congratulating him on his first start since June 23, when he DH’d at Tampa Bay, and his first start in the field since June 1, when he played 1B. The cake was decorated with three plastic ballplayer figures, one at each base, and the one at 1B had a picture of Saenz’s face glued to the head.