Dodgers 16, Rockies 10

You hate to go negative after the boys scored a season-high 16 runs and banged out a season-high 18 hits. But when you stake a starting pitcher to an 11-run lead, he HAS to throw strikes and give you innings, and Eric Stults did neither. Torre lifted him with one out in the fourth, leaving him four outs shy of qualifying for the win.
“He wasn’t aggressive,” Torre said. “Otherwise, I wouldn’t have gone to get him. It looked like he was trying to protect the lead as opposed to going out and pitching.”
Stults agreed for the most part,
“I was trying to be aggressive, but I wasn’t as sharp throughout as I would have liked to have been,” he said. “It was just one of those days. Not pitching for a while (since July 11) could have something to do with it, but that’s not really an excuse. You just have to go out there and execute pitches.”
But Stults was far from the only one who didn’t do that. He combined with relievers Brian Falkenborg (who got the win by scorer’s decision), Cory Wade, Joe Beimel and Hong-Chih Kuo to give up 10 runs on 20 hits (how do you get out-hit when you win by six runs?) They also combined to walk six batters, four of them after the Dodgers built a 12-1 lead.
Anyway, the Dodgers improved to 49-50 and stayed tied with the Snakes, pushing the Rockies seven back. There were more offensive heroes to mention, but the biggest was James Loney, who went 3 for 6 with a triple and drove in five runs. He has now driven in 24 runs in 14 career games at Coors, including nine, six and five in three games.

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  • Mario DiLeo

    How else do you explain anything than goes on over there? It’s Denver…