Dodgers 6, Rockies 5

Sorry about the lack of early blog posting tonight. I promise there was a good reason, but it’s too late and too detailed for me to go into it. As for the game, it was typical Coors Field craziness, but it was a great night for the Dodgers’ bench, specifically Brad Ausmus and Mark Loretta, both of whom came up big in the eighth and ninth innings. But the one story that will probably fall through the cracks after this game was the return of Hong-Chih Kuo, who hadn’t pitched in a week. While his boxscore line is ugly — he coughed up a two-run lead by giving up a two-run homer to Clint Barmes — his stuff was electric according to both Joe Torre and Brad Ausmus. His problems appear to be behind him.
“Great stuff,” Ausmus said. “That was the type of stuff where you’re kind of bewildered tha they scored two runs off him. … If he pitches like that the rest of the year, we will be in good shape in the eighth inning.”
Dodgers go to 12-5 and stay 1 1/2 up on the Pods. James McDonald against Ubaldo Jimenez tomorrow at 5:10 Pacific time.