DENVER — The Dodgers suffered a three-game sweep at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, losing 12-5. Panic time hasn’t arrived yet, but it will if the Dodgers can’t beat the Giants over the next four days. The box score is here.
DENVER — Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez was given a second consecutive day off to rest his sore back as promised. Corey Seager isn’t in the Dodgers’ Sunday lineup for their series finale against the Rockies either. The rookie infielder was given a day off Friday to rest what manager Don Mattingly called “heavy legs.”
Here’s what Mattingly said about Gonzalez and Seager this morning, along with an update on Kiké Hernandez:
DENVER — The Dodgers had nothing to celebrate Saturday, not even a lower magic number. Their 8-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies, combined with the San Francisco Giants’ win over the Oakland A’s, forced them to hold the National League West-clinching champagne another day. The box score is here.
DENVER — First baseman Adrian Gonzalez was scratched from the Dodgers’ lineup when his sore back continued to bother him during pregame activities Saturday. Yasmani Grandal, originally scheduled to catch Brett Anderson, will play first base instead. A.J. Ellis is the new Dodgers’ catcher.
Gonzalez has been battling the injury intermittently this season. Friday, he was unable to get a ground ball by Justin Morneau that skirted between his legs into right field.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly believes that Gonzalez will be able to recover given enough time off, and Gonzalez will not be in Sunday’s lineup either.
“Every time we’ve rested it, it’s gotten better every time,” Mattingly said.
Here’s more from the manager on the lineup switch:
If the Dodgers do clinch the National League West title this weekend, it could afford Gonzalez many more days off down the stretch.
“Depends on how he feels,” Mattingly said. “I don’t think ‘shutdown’ is a good word. We want to get rid of it, though.”
DENVER — The New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday to clinch the National League East. At 88-67, they’re in a virtual tie with the Dodgers (87-66) for the right to host the best-of-5 National League Division Series. Unless the San Francisco Giants stage a stunning comeback in the final nine games of the season, the Dodgers will play the Mets in the NLDS.
The Dodgers play the Colorado Rockies in an hour. Depending on the outcome, they’ll either be a half-game ahead or a half-game behind the Mets after today. New York has an off-day Monday, so the annoying half-game differential will disappear then.
Game 1 of the National League Division series is Friday, October 9. Game 2 is the following day. The series will then switch coasts for Game 3 on Monday, October 12.