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Monday, July 25, 2011

Rookie Rubby Rolls Over Rockies

Dodgers 8 12 1
Rockies  5 5 0
WP- De La Rosa (4-4)
LP- Nicasio (4-3)
S- Guerra (8)
HR- Ethier (10)

The Dodgers win their 3rd game in a row to continue the homestand on a positive note. Rubby De La Rosa out pitched Nicasio who is another young rookie Dominican pitcher. Rubby, Kenley Jansen, and even Matt Guerrier held the Rockies to only 1 run until a very ugly 9th inning ensued which we will get to in a bit.

Rubby starts off the game by walking 2 in the first, but the Rockies don't score. Dre draws a walk, and Kemp singles, but the Dodgers don't score either in the bottom half.

The Rockies get on the board first in the 2nd inning when Rubby gives up three singles in a row to Iannetta, Nicasio, and Fowler. Iannetta scores, 1-0 Rockies. The Dodgers go down in order in the bottom of the 2nd.

In the 3rd Rubby walks Mullet Man who steals 2nd, although on the replay he was clearly tagged out by Hit Machine. The Dodgers come back in the bottom half when Hit Machine doubles, and Miracle Miles doubles him home, 1-1. Dre promptly comes up and hits a no-doubt-about-it 2-run homerun giving the Dodgers a 3-1 lead!
Dre Hits His 10th Homerun of the Season

Rubby strikes out the side in the 4th getting Stewart, Iannetta, and Nicasio to whiff. The Dodgers have two whiffs of there own in the bottom half when Navarro and useless Velez go down.

Both pitchers swap 1-2-3 innings in the 5th.

Mullet walks for the 3rd time in the 6th, but Smith hits into a double play to end any threat. The Dodgers add to their lead in the 6th when Dre walks, and Rivera doubles in Dre making it 4-1. Loney's long fly out sends Rivera to third. Navarro singles home Rivera, 5-1. Nicasio is lifted for Reynolds who gets Velez to line out to Ellis.

Nicasio goes 5.2 innings, allowing 6 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts on 98 pitches.

Rubby DLR goes 6 innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 run, 4 walks, and 5 strikeouts on 113 pitches.
Rubby Pitches Hard, and Picks Up Another Win
Guerrier comes in to pitch the 7th and strikes out Stewart, walks Iannette who takes 2nd on a typical Guerrier wild pitch. Spilborghs strikes out and Fowler whiffs as well so Guerrier ends up striking out the side. In the bottom of the 7th Carroll singles and steals 2nd. He is now 7 for 7 in steal attempts. Hit Machine singles and steals second as well. Miles grounds out. Dre hits into a fielder's choice and Carroll is out at home. Hit Machine and Dre take 2nd & 3rd on the play. They intentionally walk Bison. Lindstrom is brought in with the bases loaded and gets Rivera to fly out to center to end the inning.

Kenley Jansen aka Flamethrower comes in and strikes out Ellis and Helton and Gwynn robs Mullet of a near homerun on a great catch in left field. Rogers comes in for CO in the 8th and a Rockies meltdown begins....he walks Navarro, Gwynn singles, and Carroll singles to load the bases again. Hit Machine hits into a force allowing Navarro to score, 6-1. Miles singles over Ellis's glove and Gwynn scores, 7-1. Dre hits a high fly ball which drops in front of a stuck in the mud Spilborghs for a single allowing Hit Machine to score, 8-1! Kemp walks to load the bases, but Oeltjen strikes out to end the rally. 9 batters came up.

The 9th gets very sketchy for the Dodgers. Donnie brings in Kuo who is clearly not right. It is very sad. Smith singles and takes 2nd on defensive indifference. Kuo throws a pitch over the head of Navarro and Smith takes 3rd on the wild pitch. Young walks. Honeycutt visits the mound. Young takes 2nd on defensive indifference. Stewart grounds out and Smith scores on the play, 8-2. Iannetta walks. Finally Donnie had seen enough and brings in Dougie who can't get the job done either. He walks Spilborghs, and allows Fowler to single scoring Young, 8-3. Then a 100-year old Jason Giambi comes hobbling up to pinch-hit and reaches on a throwing error by Carroll and somehow they cannot get out the limping Giambi. Iannetta scores, 8-4. Helton then walks and Spilborghs scores, 8-5. FINALLY Donnie brings in Guerra who quickly gets the final two outs as Mullet pops up and Smith grounds out. Geeeeez.

Ok they won, but wow that 9th inning was ugly. Kuo's outing was concerning. It looks like he may be done for the season or his career, he's clearly not the same. Dougie couldn't get it done either. Velez is still batting .000. On the bright side, they did win. Rubby only allowed 3 hits, and has potential to be a very good pitcher. Hit Machine is hitting again. Miracle Miles is the best hitting player in the majors with RISP. Dre hit his 10th HR:)

Tomorrow Kershaw will go to the mound in hopes of continuing the winning streak! Go Blue:)

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