LOS ANGELES -- In their first 11 games on the road, the Colorado Rockies managed an unrelentingly pedestrian 4.55 ERA as a team. Not exactly the immovable object.
But fortunately for Walt Weiss’ crew, the Los Angeles Dodgers have hardly been the unstoppable force at the plate.
In their previous seven games facing hurlers not representing the raging dumpster fire that is the Arizona Diamondbacks pitching staff, the Dodgers had scored a grand total of 15 runs. Given the context, it’s hard to tell exactly what had to give. But in this case on Friday, it was the Blue, who wasted a great effort from Josh Beckett.
Final score: 5-4 Colorado in 11 innings.
How it happened: After the Rox and Dodgers sat on a 2-2 score for seven innings, Colorado finally broke the game open in the 11th. Brandon Barnes doubled to right off Jamey Wright and, after Don Mattingly pulled Wright for J.P. Howell, Charlie Blackmon brought Barnes home with a single up the middle. Colorado would add two more runs for a 5-2 lead.
The Dodgers got two back in the bottom half on an Adrian Gonzalez home run, but it amounted to nothing more than trolling of those fans hanging out long enough to see it.
Hits: Beckett had easily his best performance of the young season. Save for a pair of poorly located second-inning offerings to Troy Tulowitzki and Corey Dickerson, both deposited over the wall, Beckett was basically unhittable. Eight innings, four hits, the aforementioned two runs and six strikeouts. Of his 99 pitches, 70 were strikes. All told, Beckett lowered his ERA to 2.45. In his past three starts, he has allowed only two earned runs over 18 innings.
Misses: Dropping to sixth in the lineup for the first time, as a Dodger didn’t cure what ails Carl Crawford. He was 0-4 with a walk on the night. He’s now hitting .209. Matt Kemp wasn’t any better, going 0-3 with a walk, and he was tossed in the ninth for arguing a called third strike with home plate umpire Angel Hernandez. That Kemp was correct -- the pitch was at least a few inches outside -- doesn’t take the sting away from his .200 batting average.
Stat of the game: After the Rockies and Dodgers combined for three homers and four runs over the first three frames, the bats went cold. No runs, and only four hits from the fourth through the 10th innings.