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Dodgers Quakes Souls in Another Loss to Rockies
Watching the Dodgers lose for the second consecutive night to the laughable Colorado Rockies proved one thing: I do indeed have a soul. It took almost 3 1/2 gut-wrenching hours for the Dodgers to finally lose to the Rockies 3-1.
Something ached within me, the source deeper than the bilious murk of my bowels. The symptoms weren't isolated to me. Assorted people I talked to at Dodger Stadium had that same ache which they described as an aching soul. If that is true, then by the transitive property it means that I do have a soul.
Hell, even Mother Nature's soul hurt as evidenced by a 4.4 earthquake centered in Yorba Linda less than an hour after the game.
It was hard to watch the Dodgers muster only two hits against the Rockies through the first seven innings, 75-pitch limits and all. But then after being held scoreless by the Rockies for 18 consecutive innings dating back to June 3, the Dodgers actually did something.
Hanley Ramirez hit a two-out single against reliver Rex Brothers in the eighth inning, the Dodgers third hit of the game and his second. Mark Ellis came in to pinch hit and hit a double against reliever Matt Belisle to give the Dodgers their first run scored in this series.
It was a brief respite from the putrid offense the Dodgers put out on full display. "We didn't get it done tonight," Mattingly succinctly said.
For some reason the fact the Dodgers have lost two consecutive games against the last-place Rockies didn't alarm Mattingly. "I was okay with it," he said.
"It's almost like they wanted it a little bit too much and trying too hard for me tonight, start trying to force it, trying to make it happen. We just need to make sure we relax and get good pitches to hit, don't try to do too much and keep it simple."
Dodgers starter Aaron Harang went one step further. "They coming out playing hard," he said from experience. For years he was with some bad Cincinnati Reds teams who became pests down the stretch.
"We've just got to get over tonight, go in and try and figure out tomorrow."
Harang pitched into the seventh inning charged with three earned runs.
"The biggest thing is we've got to go out there and keep us in the game," Harang said.
It's not often the critical moment of a baseball occurs in the top of the first inning, but there it was on Tuesday night.
It was an almost certainty that a repeat of Monday night would occur when Aaron Harang led off the game giving up a single to Eric Young, Jr. and a double to Josh Rutledge putting runners on second and third. But something happened.
Harang struck out Dexter Fowler, intentionally walked Carlos Gonzalez to load the bases, and the fun started. Jordan Pacheco grounded to first, first baseman James Loney making the throw to A.J. Ellis at home to get Young out. Ramon Hernandez grounded back to the box to end that scoring threat.
His night came to an end in the seventh inning after giving up a leadoff single to Chris Nelson and walking Young. Sean Tolleson came in relief and gave up a double to Josh Rutledge that cleared the bases giving the Rockies the 3-0 lead.
A funny note: In the ninth inning Rockies catcher Ramon Hernandez hit a foul ball straight back that landed in front of me hitting public relations guru Jon Chapper's laptop. You can see the results: