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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Rockies Crush the Dodgers in 12-2 Win

Dodgers 2 12 1
Rockies 12 14 1
W-Chacin (9-9)
L-Ely (4-8)
HR-Mitchell (2)
HR-Tulowitzki 2 (26), Mora (5)

Let's begin with the good news. In a surprising yet refreshing announcement, the Dodgers sent Octavio Dotel packing today an hour before game time to the Colorado Rockies. He merely had to gather his belongings and walk across to the opposing team's clubhouse to join his new teammates. He was traded for a player to be named later, and he will not be eligible to play in the postseason for the Rockies. Basically the Dodgers said, "please take him." In one of the worst trades that we have witnessed, James McDonald and Andrew Lambo were traded to the Pirates for Dotel on July 31st. He only appeared in 18 games with the Dodgers with a 1-1 record and 3.38 ERA. Don't let those numbers fool you, he was much worse than they reflect. Buh Bye.

Well if there was ever a game to not televise live, today was the one. It turned out that I'm glad I watched the gameday updates on my iPhone rather than see this embarrassment of a game play out live on tv. Troy Tulowitzki is clearly on a steroid binge of a run as he homered twice off of John Ely. The manic mullet tied Barry Bonds and Albert Belle as the only Major Leaguers with 14 homers in a 15-game span. His four RBIs on Saturday gave him 33 this month, which leads the Majors. He also doubled and scored three runs. Ely only lasted 4 1/3 innings allowing 6 runs, 5 hits, 5 walks, and striking out 3. In his last 11 games, he has only won once. The Rockies scored 6 runs in the 8th inning after Mora's grand slam off of reliever Jeff Weaver. Jeff Weaver has not been pitching well of late, and he gave up 6 runs off 5 hits, and 1 walk in just 1 inning. It looked to be a sure thing shutout until Russ Mitchell blasted his second career homerun in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Dodgers their obligatory 2 runs. Chacin went a strong 8 shutout innings, giving up 9 runs and striking out 2. 

A.J. Ellis had another 3 hit game. His second one in a row. He has raised his average from .174 to a respectable .265. 

The Dodgers now could be officially eliminated from the postseason tomorrow. Most likely. Clayton Kershaw will go up against Jason Hammel in the final game of the series. San Diego and San Francisco are now in a tie for first with Colorado only 1 game behind in second. As the race heats up in these final games, I am very disappointed that we are not up there vying for a spot. I just hope we can squeeze out a couple more wins at the end. See you next week! Go Blue:)

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