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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Winning Was Nice While it Lasted

Dodgers 1 8 1
Rockies 3 10 1
WP- Cook (2-5)
LP- Kuroda (6-13)
S- Street (27)
HR- Big Rod (9)

The Dodgers offense sputtered again as they drop game three to the Rockies and break their little four game winning streak. Other than a 9th inning Big Rod homer, the Dodgers couldn't string together any hits and Kuroda once again took the fall and loses his 13th game of the season. Once again Hiroki Kuroda gets absolutely no run support.

Kuroda strikes out Young and Mullet to send the Rockies down in order in the 1st inning. Hit Machine and Kemp both single in the bottom half, but they can't get either one home.

Kuroda allows a single to Smith and a walk to Wigginton, but he gets Ellis to ground out and Alfonzo to fly out to Kemp. The Dodgers go down in order in the bottom half.

Kuroda has a nice 1-2-3 inning in the 3rd, striking out Young again. Hit Machine singles again in the bottom of the 3rd and reaches 2nd on a throwing error by Cook on a pickoff attempt, but the Dodgers are unable to score.

Smith doubles in the 4th, but Gwynn's great catch robs Stewart of a sure extra base hit. Loney has a 2-out single in the bottom of the 4th, but nothing else happens in the way of hits nor scoring.

The Rockies break the scoreless string in the 5th when Young gets a 2-out single, Fowler singles, and Tulo singles up the middle scoring Young and allowing Fowler to 3rd while Tulo takes 2nd base on the throw, 1-0 Rockies. They intentionally walk Smith which loads the bases. Wigginton strikes out to end the rally. In the bottom of the 5th Hit Machine walks but is caught stealing 2nd.

In the 6th there's just a 2-out Alfonzo single for CO and a Miles single for the Dodgers.

Kuroda goes 6 innings, allowing 6 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, 6 strikeout on 112 pitches.
Kuroda Pitches Very Well, But Alas the Dodgers Fail to Score
Hawksworth comes into pitch the 7th and strikes out Fowler but then allows a double to Tulo. They intentionally walk Smith, and Wigginton promptly doubles in Tulo, 2-0. There's a lone Carroll single in the bottom of the 7th for the Dodgers.

In the 8th Dougie comes in and Ellis reaches on an error by Miles. Alfonzo grounds into a double play and Nelson grounds out. Brothers comes into relieve Cook and strikes out Hit Machine and Dre. Kemp doubles, but Miles pathetically flies out.

Cook goes 7 innings, allowing 6 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, and strikes out 2 on 97 pitches.
Cook Picks Up His 2nd Win of the Season

In the 9th Dougie is still in and of course allows more scorage. Fowler singles and steals 2nd. Tulo singles when the ball is deflected off Hit Machine's glove into CF scoring Fowler, 3-0. Elbert comes in to deal with the mess and strikes out Smith and Tulo is caught stealing to end the inning. In the 9th the Dodgers lone run comes from a late Big Rod solo HR making it 3-1, but Carroll strikes out and Rivera pops up to end the game.

We learned before the game Kenley Jansen had to go to the hospital last night for an irregular heartbeat. He's stabilized and should be returning to the team on Friday after the much-needed day off tomorrow.
Kenley Jansen
Get Well Kenley!
The D-Backs come into town this weekend for a three game series. Ted Lilly will go to the mound Friday night.

Go Blue:)

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