Dodgers-Mariners LiveBlog 6/28/09
The Dodgers continue to be mired in their offensive slump for the second consecutive day and lose the rubber game of their series against the Seattle Mariners 4-2. It was the final game of their interleague schedule where they went 9-9, their first non-losing interleague record since 2004 when they went 10-8.
Hiroki Kuroda went 6 1/3 innings giving up four runs on eight hits while walking no one and getting five strikeouts in his fourth loss of the season. Kuroda extended his streak of not walking a batter to 26 1/3 innings.
"I guess we have to understand that he's not all the way back," manager Joe Torre said regarding Kuroda's performance. "He missed his spots a couple of times, and it wound up hurting him. But after the three-run inning he settled down and made better pitches."
As for the offense, only the five, six and seven hitters did any damage for the Dodgers including Matt Kemp's booming solo home run in the fifth inning.
"We haven't been able to put enough pressure on the opposition in the last few days," Torre said. "It's something we continue to work at."
They now look forward to a three game series against the hottest team in the Major Leagues - the Colorado Rockies winners of 20 of their last 23 games. Torre knows they present a hurdle, but feels confident they can get through it.
"They're the hottest team in baseball," Torre said. "We played them early and had good luck with them, so tomorrow night we start from scratch and try to right our ship. The best way to do that is to come out here and control the game pitching wise."