Dodgers 7, Colorado Rockies 4: An exercise in building a playoff roster.

Darwin Barney

Darwin Barney scored one of the Dodgers’ six runs in the sixth inning Friday against the Colorado Rockies. (Associated Press photo)

The Dodgers have some playoff roster decisions to make, including how Justin Turner will be used, after beating the Colorado Rockies 7-4 on Friday. The box score is here.

The Dodgers are guaranteed home-field advantage in the National League Division Series, which begins next Friday at Dodger Stadium. Their opponent — either the St. Louis Cardinals or Pittsburgh Pirates — is still to be determined. The Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds this afternoon to pull within a half-game of the NL Central-leading Cardinals. Then, St. Louis withstood a late rally in Phoenix to beat the Diamondbacks 7-6 in 10 innings.

So, with two games left in the regular season for both teams, the Cardinals are a game up on the Pirates to determine who the Dodgers will play in the first round.

Colorado Rockies 16, Dodgers 2: Today’s game story.

Carlos Frias

Carlos Frias allowed 10 hits in two-thirds of an inning in his second major-league start. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Carlos Frias‘ second major-league start made it hard to remember he didnt allow a run in his first. By one measure it was the worst start in baseball’s modern era.

The box score is here.

Dodgers pitcher Carlos Frias suffers historically bad start.

DENVER >> Dodgers pitcher Carlos Frias became the first pitcher in the modern era to allow 10 hits while getting less than three outs Wednesday. The Dodgers are trailing the Colorado Rockies 9-0 in the third inning.

Frias, starting in place of injured left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, allowed 10 hits and six runs in two-thirds of an inning before he was relieved by Scott Elbert.

Prior to the game, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly complimented Frias’ willingness to attack the strike zone.

“He’s not afraid to go out there and throw it over,” Mattingly said. “Early on he gave up a couple homers. He went right back out there and was still on the attack. He doesn’t seem to be afraid at all. He tends to be fearless.”

Frias did not walk a batter.

Other than that, he did exactly the opposite of what the manager was looking for:

Frias threw 38 pitches. All were four-seam fastballs or cut fastballs.

The Rockies had never scored eight runs in the first inning of a game in their 22-year history.

Rockies 10, Dodgers 4: Today’s game story.

Hanley Ramirez

Hanley Ramirez was scratched from the starting lineup with an elbow injury and struck out as a pinch hitter in his only at-bat Tuesday. (Getty Images)

Don Mattingly offered an interesting take on his club prior to a 10-4 loss to the Rockies. The box score is here.

Also, Daniel Coulombe is the Dodgers’ all-time ERA leader.

Dodgers 11, Colorado Rockies 3: Today’s game story.

Matt Kemp

Matt Kemp points to the sky after hitting his 21st home run of the season Monday against the Colorado Rockies. (Getty Images)

DENVER >> The Dodgers won. Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig had a little kerfuffle. Carl Crawford hurt his hamstring. Read all about that here.

Two things I want to emphasize that might not be clear on the surface:

1. Crawford wasn’t removed for precautionary reasons tonight. As he explained in my story, he was in genuine pain.

2. It’s really difficult to know what to make of the Puig-Kemp thing. Could be something, could be nothing. Could be something that happens all the time between closed doors, could be something that never happened before today. Again, we don’t really know. The truth is probably somewhere in between; if it was nothing it wouldn’t have gotten caught on camera and Don Mattingly wouldn’t have been nervously laughing and sipping water after the game:

That’s not good however you paint it, but it’s not enough to draw broad brushstrokes about the Dodgers’ team chemistry. It’s two emotionally charged teammates who didn’t see eye-to-eye in Game 150. Maybe it lingers, maybe it doesn’t. We’ll see.

Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu doubtful for Wednesday start, will get MRI exam Monday.

Hyun-Jin Ryu injury

Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, center, will get an MRI on his left shoulder Monday in Los Angeles. (Associated Press photo)


SAN FRANCISCO >> Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu met with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache here Saturday, one day after inflammation in his left shoulder forced him to leave the Dodgers’ 9-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants after one inning.

ElAttrache ordered an MRI on Ryu’s left shoulder, and the pitcher wait until Monday in Los Angeles to get that done.

“They could’ve done the MRI (here) but they weren’t confident — the regular Giants guys were gone,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

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Clayton Kershaw no-hitter: What the Colorado Rockies were saying.

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw pauses before throwing the final pitch of his no-hitter Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

From Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post:

“I think that anytime there is a special moment for someone, you want to watch how the guy responds,” (Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki) said. “Clayton, obviously, I have a lot of respect for. I know how hard he works.

“It’s nice for me to see how something means enough to bring tears to (their) eyes. It means that they care. I care a lot about this game and it was a special moment for me, too, to see somebody who values this game so much and see it pay off.”

“His breaking stuff was pretty much unhittable tonight,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “When his fastball is hitting 95 mph, his breaking stuff is hard to deal with.”

In the critical ninth inning, fans were on their feet, taking flash pictures for posterity with their smart phones. First, Kershaw got DJ LeMahieu to ground out to first. Next, he got Charlie Culberson to pop out to right. Kershaw finished his masterpiece by striking out Corey Dickerson with an 87 mph slider.

“I wasn’t going up there to take (a pitch), that’s for sure,” Dickerson said. “But he was throwing strikes all night and getting ahead of everybody.”

After Dickerson struck out to become part of history, he slowly walked to the Rockies’ dugout, all the while peeking over his shoulder to watch Kershaw being mobbed by his teammates.

“He’s always been a stand-up guy and a class act,” Dickerson said. “His stuff was phenomenal tonight. I think all of the guys felt that. So we tip our cap to him.”

“His fastball had a little cut to it and he was painting the corners. Then he got ahead and was able to use his curveball. His velo (velocity) was up and he still had movement.”

Not all of the Rockies were quite so enthralled about being part of Dodgers history.

“Not good, not good. It’s terrible,” said Brandon Barnes, when asked about his team being no-hit. “He was just making his pitches when he needed to. He’s a good pitcher and he’s got good stuff. That’s why he gets paid a lot of money. But there is nothing we could have done about it tonight. We gave it everything we had.”

Dodgers 3, Colorado Rockies 3: Of course spring training ends in a tie.

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Hyun-Jin Ryu threw 5 1/3 innings and allowed one earned run in his final Cactus League start. (Associated Press photo)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers ended the Cactus League portion of their season the only appropriate way: With a tie.

The Colorado Rockies scored a run in the seventh inning off Chris Withrow, tying the game 3-3, and the Dodgers’ final game in North America until March 27 ended in a tie. It was the Dodgers’ fifth tie in 21 exhibition games, giving them a final spring training record of 6-10-5.

Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu allowed two runs and seven hits in 5 ⅓ innings. Not unusually, he encountered the most trouble early.

Charlie Blackmon led off the game with a single but was picked off the bag. In the second inning, the Rockies got back-to-back singles by Matt McBride and Charlie Culberson. Both runners advanced a base when Ryu’s pickoff throw to second base got away from everyone for a throwing error.

The second inning ended on a dramatic double play — for a minute. McBride, trying to score on a sacrifice fly to right field by Jordan Pacheco, was out at home plate on a nearly 300-foot throw by Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig. Rockies manager Walt Weiss challenged the call. One television replay clearly showed that Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis missed McBride on his tag attempt. The umpires don’t always have the same vantage point when reviewing a call in Cactus League play, but the crew correctly overturned the call.

The Dodgers players had all retreated to the dugout after the apparent inning-ending double play. They filed back onto the field, Ryu made a couple warm-up tosses, then got D.J. LeMahieu to pop out on one pitch.

Adrian Gonzalez‘s single through a drawn-in infield scored Carl Crawford with the Dodgers’ first run. With Gonzalez on first base, Juan Uribe hit an RBI to the left-center field gap, scoring Gonzalez with the go-ahead run.

In the fifth inning, Gonzalez hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to drive in Ryu and pad the Dodgers’ lead. Ryu drew a walk to lead off the inning against Jordan Lyles and Carl Crawford followed with a single up the middle. Right-hander Bruce Kern relieved Lyles and allowed a single to left field by Hanley Ramirez that loaded the bases. Gonzalez’s fly ball to center field was plenty deep for Ryu to tag up and score without a throw.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Ryu gave up a solo home run to Nolan Arenado on a 2-2 fastball at the knees, bringing the Rockies within 3-2.

Chris Perez, J.P. Howell and Kenley Jansen didn’t allow a run out of the bullpen.

The Dodgers finished with a cumulative attendance of 114,402 in 12 home dates at Camelback Ranch for an average of 9,534, the highest average attendance since the team relocated Spring Training to Arizona in 2009. Last year, the Dodgers drew 133,460 in 17 home dates (including one WBC game) for an average of 7,851.

The box score is here.

Daily Distractions: Why isn’t Chris Capuano on the Dodgers’ NLCS roster?

Chris Capuano

Chris Capuano walked three batters but didn’t allow a run in Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Braves, earning the victory in his only postseason appearance. (Associated Press photo)

Five days ago, Chris Capuano said he “really had no idea” that he was going to be on the Dodgers’ roster for the National League Division Series.

“You have Carlos Marmol who’s just throwing the ball fantastic, you’ve got Brandon League, you’ve got Edinson Volquez, you’ve got some real power arms,” Capuano said. “It was exciting for me to have a chance to contribute.”

At the time, Capuano reeked of false modesty. He had just pitched three scoreless innings in relief of Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lasted just three innings in his MLB postseason debut. The veteran left-hander is the only pitcher not named Clayton Kershaw to win a game for the Dodgers this postseason. He validated manager Don Mattingly‘s faith in Capuano and his health — he missed three weeks in September with a strained groin — and seemed to have earned his keep as a long reliever for any similar situations in the National League Championship Series.

Why, then, was Capuano left off the Dodgers’ NLCS roster Friday morning?
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