3 up, 3 down: Rockies 2, Dodgers 0

August, 6, 2012
8/06/12
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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers seem to be momentum-proof these days. Every time they seem like they're getting on a roll, they pop a tire.

Fresh off an emotional sweep of the San Francisco Giants, they got manhandled by the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-game sweep at home. After then sweeping the lowly Chicago Cubs, they lost 2-0 Monday to the even-lowlier Colorado Rockies.

The Good:

Energy source. For the first time since he arrived last week at the trade deadline, Shane Victorino showed Dodgers fans what a dynamic force he can be. He sparked all sorts of action, only to see it sputter out because of the hitters behind him. Victorino had two hits, was on base three times and reached third twice. The heart of the order, however, left him on the vine. It probably reminded Victorino of life in Philadelphia over the past few months.

Back to form. Chris Capuano was coming off his worst start of the season in a 7-2 loss to Arizona. In fact, he had been in a rut since mid-July. But he limited some early damage and managed to get through seven strong innings, holding Colorado to two runs on nine hits. The Dodgers need rotation depth behind Clayton Kershaw and a streaking Chad Billingsley. Capuano seems like the most capable No. 3 type, so Monday was encouraging.

Calmer heads. Colorado manager Jim Tracy had one of the most entertaining meltdowns of the season after umpires met and reversed their call, saying Dexter Fowler trapped Victorino's seventh-inning line drive. Tracy used both hands to slam his hat on the ground and stomped around for five minutes after getting ejected. Soon, baseball will use instant replay to review these types of calls. It looks -- though replays were not definitive -- like the umps got it right, eventually.

The Bad:

Zero. The Dodgers rank near the bottom of their league in virtually all the offensive categories. We know they have some issues by now. But Monday night seemed like a good opportunity to start getting some positive vibes going with some new hitters in the lineup. The Rockies used a couple of pitchers -- Drew Pomeranz and Adam Ottavino -- with ERA's hovering around 5.00. Don Mattingly stacked his lineup with right-handed hitters. None of it mattered. The Dodgers looked lifeless, managing just four hits in the seven innings those guys pitched.

Vegan diet. Maybe it's no surprise the Dodgers looked anemic. There was no meat in their lineup Monday. Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez and Juan Rivera, the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 hitters, combined to go 2-for-12 with four strikeouts and a double play. Andre Ethier got a day off with Colorado starting a left-hander. This team has so few impact bats, taking just one of them out for a day seems to leave a gaping hole.

Lineup management. The Rockies' lineup falls off a cliff after Carlos Gonzalez, with .219-hitting catcher Ramon Hernandez batting fifth Monday night. Had Capuano found a way to control the first four hitters, he could have matched Colorado's pitching and the game might have gone scoreless until the wee hours of the morning. But the Rockies' top four hitters went 6-for-14, were on base eight times and scored and drove in all of Colorado's runs. The Rockies have speed at the top of their lineup and those guys seemed to get to Capuano.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Clayton Kershaw
WINS ERA SO IP
21 1.77 239 198
OTHER LEADERS
BAY. Puig .296
HRA. Gonzalez 27
RBIA. Gonzalez 116
RY. Puig 92
OPSY. Puig .863
ERAC. Kershaw 1.77
SOC. Kershaw 239