Dodgers Report: Tyler Colvin

3 Up, 3 Down: Rockies 10, Dodgers 0

August, 27, 2012
8/27/12
9:29
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The Los Angeles Dodgers feel like they've quickly assembled a championship-caliber team.

But they haven't gotten quick results.

The offense stalled out for a second straight game in a 10-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in the Dodgers debut of Josh Beckett. The Dodgers have lost two of the three games since the biggest trade in franchise history, and they have scored two runs in those two losses.

Unlike Sunday, when they wasted copious opportunities, the Dodgers really didn't have many Monday while picking up just four hits. The loss dropped them 2 1/2 games behind the idle San Francisco Giants.

The Good:

Not bad, anyway. Beckett has been blamed for a lot of things over the past 11 months, but you can't blame him for Monday night. The right-hander was solid, striking out six batters in 5 2/3 innings. He allowed a deep home run to Tyler Colvin leading off the first inning and a couple of two-out hits, but otherwise he gave the Dodgers a chance. They didn't give him a chance.

A little action. There was so little going on when the Dodgers batted, an occasional flurry of activity seemed noteworthy. Shane Victorino created some things and seemed to have emerged from the cold snap that started the last homestand. He walked and stole a base and had a one-out triple in the eighth inning, where he was stranded by Matt Kemp's double play.

A little relief. The Dodgers have acquired nine players since July 25. Two of them are relievers. Neither Randy Choate nor Brandon League had pitched particularly well since joining the Dodgers. League seems to have ironed out some mechanical issues and Choate got a big strikeout -- or at least it looked big before the Rockies poured on seven late runs. The Dodgers got these guys to give their bullpen a deeper, more veteran look, and Monday advanced that cause.

The Bad:

Hanley slumping. We get to find out how Hanley Ramirez handles adversity now, because the jolt of excitement he provided after being traded from Miami has tapered off. Ramirez is in a deep slump, with two hits and nine strikeouts in his past 20 at-bats. He's not exactly a premium defensive shortstop, so he provides little of value when he's not slugging.

Kenley out of work. Kenley Jansen hadn't worked in five days, so Don Mattingly pretty much had to get him some work. What's that thing about closers not performing well in non-save situations? Oh, yeah, Jansen was hit all over the stadium while yielding four runs and failing to get out of the ninth inning. His ERA jumped more than a half-run. That's going to leave a mark.

Confidence? It wasn't as though the Dodgers had a lot of chances. They had only five at-bats with runners in scoring position. They went 0-for-5 and, combined with Sunday's effort, they're 2-for-their-last-22 in those spots. Tuesday is a pivotal game for the offense. Another bad game and you could start seeing some frustration and, maybe, even a loss of collective confidence. This would be a bad time for that.

 

 

Harang delivers breakout performance

May, 12, 2012
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Aaron HarangKelvin Kuo/US PresswireAaron Harang needed only 97 pitches to make it through eight innings Saturday.

LOS ANGELES -- If there has been a weak link so far this season in a Los Angeles Dodgers starting rotation that mostly has been nothing short of golden, it has been Aaron Harang, the veteran right-hander bringing a 5.24 ERA and less than six innings per start into Saturday night's game against the Colorado Rockies.

That so-called weak link, however, held together better, and longer, than it had all season in a 2-1 Dodgers victory before 33,735 at Dodger Stadium.

Harang survived a third-inning scare, then pretty much sailed through eight innings, scattering four hits. That one of those hits was a tying, solo homer by Tyler Colvin with two outs in the eighth turned out not to matter much after the Dodgers put together a rally in the bottom of the eighth that netted the only other run they needed, allowing Harang to even his record at 2-2 on an evening when his ERA shrank by more than three-quarters of a run, to 4.46.

Harang, who hadn't gone longer than 6 1/3 in any of his previous six starts this season, made it through eight on a remarkably efficient 97 pitches, taking advantage just as teammate Chris Capuano had on Friday night of the aggressive approach of the Rockies hitters.

"I was getting ahead early and throwing strikes down in the zone," Harang said. "Those guys were taking their swings, so I just tried to keep the ball down in the zone and keep it out of the air."

Manager Don Mattingly asked Harang after the seventh, the inning he gave up the homer to Colvin, whether he wanted to continue, especially given that his spot in the order didn't come up in the bottom of that inning.

"He said he felt great," Mattingly said. "He is one of those guys who are pretty honest. If he can't go, he will tell you. But we got the chance to keep him inn there, and he had a nice, easy (eighth) inning."

The Dodgers signed Harang last winter, giving him a two-year, $12 million contract with an $8 million club option for 2014, based largely on Harang's solid track record. He went 14-7 with a 3.64 ERA for his hometown San Diego Padres last year and had been a staff ace for the Cincinnati Reds in years past, winning 53 games for them over a four-year stretch from 2004-2007 before running into hard times and injuries.

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Clayton Kershaw
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