Dodgers 4, Rockies 3

A couple of nights ago, I posted something about it having been a great game if you didn’t have to write about it on deadline. Well, tonight, thanks to Jill being kind enough to give me a night off, I DIDN’T have to write about it on deadline. And this was a GREAT ballgame, the kind that if you had the time to sit and watch it reminds you of what is so great about this sport. In the first inning, Randy Wolf looked like he had NOTHING, and the result was that the Rockies jumped to a quick, 3-0 lead. But Wolf settled in from there and wound up going six innings. After the first, he gave up one hit and one walk while striking out seven with only three balls being hit out of the infield. On the flip side, Jorge De La Rosa shut out the Dodgers through five-plus, constantly pitching his way out of trouble. But that eventually caught up with him, as he had to be lifted with one out in the sixth after throwing 104 pitches. The Dodgers then waited until the next inning to unload on a totally ineffective Matt Belisle, a somewhat ineffective Alan Embree and a just-ineffective-enough Jason Grilli. The result was a four-run inning. Hong-Chih Kuo got into trouble in the eighth, loading the bases with one out on a pair of walks and forcing Joe Torre to bring in Jonathan Broxton early. But Broxton got the last five outs without really breaking a sweat, striking out four of those five batters. … The only negative for the Dodgers is that they do seem to have a problem in the eighth inning. More specifically, they seem to have a problem with Kuo, who has been roughed up in two consecutive appearances. That eighth-inning role could belong to someone else (Guillermo Mota, Cory Wade) in the very near future. … By the way, the win was the 2,159th for Torre, moving him past Bucky Harris and into sixth place on the all-time list. He is now 35 shy of one Mr. George Anderson of Thousand Oaks (better known as Sparky) for fifth place on that list. … Dodgers go to 8-3, but those pesky Padres just won’t lose. The teams are still tied atop the division, now three ahead of the Rockies. … Good matchup for tomorrow’s national TV game, Chad Billingsley against Aaron Cook. Sleep fast.

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  • Buddy

    Good win. Hong-Chih Kuo’s performance must be worrying Torre and the coaches, however. While his velocity is fine, it looks like he’s hitting too many sweet spots, not sure if this is attributable to lack of Spring Training innings or not. It might be better for the time being to put him in a non-pressure role for the next week or so to see how he does.

    Time to rest Broxton tomorrow. He was great but winded. Strikeouts are all well and good but I’ll take a one or two pitch out any day.