Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 3, Rockies 2
July, 3, 2014
By Brent W. New | Special to ESPNLosAngeles.com
DENVER -- In the Los Angeles Dodgers' first of four games against the Colorado Rockies, the Denver weather proved to be unpredictable, and a mess at times.
A bit like the Dodgers had been playing in their past couple of games.
On Thursday, however, starting pitcher Zach Greinke (11-4), who will likely to be named an All-Star on Sunday, pitched well and made sure his team wouldn't follow suit in the Dodgers' 3-2 win at Coors Field.
How it happened: It wasn't full of home runs and frazzled pitchers like most Coors Field games are known for, but any kind of win was exactly the kind of performance the Dodgers needed. After dropping two consecutive games against the lowly Cleveland Indians, Greinke went eight innings and gave up two runs before Juan Uribe singled home the winning run in the ninth to down the struggling Rockies. The best thing about the day for manager Don Mattingly's group, however, may have been shortstop Hanley Ramirez. He was just OK in his return to the lineup, forcing two walks in four trips, but most important he seemed to have no setbacks after flirting with the disabled list these past few weeks.
Hits: Greinke won his second consecutive start after giving up five runs against the Kansas City Royals on June 23. He had solid control, with few hiccups, and struck out eight. Greinke is now 2-0 in three starts against the Rockies this season.
Misses: The Dodgers' defense has been a little suspect of late, and the trend continued. In the fifth, a mix-up between right fielder Yasiel Puig and center fielder Scott Van Slyke not only gave the Dodgers their fifth error in three games, but it seemed to mess with Greinke's flow a little bit. With two out and Greinke rolling, D.J. LeMahieu looped a somewhat makeable play near Puig and Van Slyke. Unfortunately for them, both of them paused for a moment and the ball slipped by turning a single into a two-base hit. A batter later, Josh Rutledge, who pinch hit for Rockies starter Franklin Morales, then split the two outfielders with a line double for the host team's first run. LeMahieu also singled on his next at-bat in the seventh inning, on a ball that Ramirez seemed to have a pretty good chance on. It was not scored as an error though.
Stat of the game: One-half. That's the Dodgers' lead, in games, on the San Francisco Giants in the National League West standings as of Thursday night.
Up next: It's Clayton Kershaw (9-2). The potential starter of the All-Star Game for the National League will have a 28-inning scoreless streak on the line when he faces the Rockies for the first time since he no-hit them on June 18. Opposing him will be Jair Jurrjens, who was traded from Reds to the Rockies on Wednesday. First pitch will be 5:10 p.m. PT, as the Dodgers will look to extend their five-game winning streak against the Rockies.