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June 11, 2011

Dodgers rally too late

by @ 8:51 pm. Filed under 2011 Dodgers

DENVER — What appeared to be a shutout, turned into a possible comeback that fell just a run short of tying the game after trailing for over eight-innings.  Already losing 6-0 entering the ninth, the Los Angeles Dodgers seemed to be on the verge of a rally, scoring five-runs before the last out was recorded and a victory for the Colorado Rockies was placed in the books.

The Rockies opened up the offense in the second when Troy Tulowitzki cracked a homerun into left-field for the early 1-0 lead; his first since May 17.

In the fifth however, Colorado blew the game open as they took advantage of many mishaps taking place on the part of Los Angeles fielders as well as their ace starter.  Carlos Gonzalez bunted towards third and reached first before taking second on a throwing error by third baseman Casey Blake.

Chris Nelson followed by with a single of his own that also resulted in him advancing to second on another Los Angeles throwing error, this time by outfielder Trent Oeltjen.  Todd Helton then stepped into the batter’s box, and the veteran delivered with a 2-RBI single into right-field.

With Helton at second and Tulowitzki at first, a wild pitch by Dodgers starter, Chad Billingsley, allowed both runners to advance into scoring position which would prove to be detrimental as Seth Smith’s single would score both men for the 5-0 lead.  Chris Iannetta’s RBI-single completed the fifth-inning romp as the Rockies now held a 6-0 lead behind starter, Jhoulys Chacin, who was in complete command against the Dodgers.

Chacin pitched an amazing eight-innings of shutout baseball, allowing just three-hits on zero runs and fanning nine.  Billingsley, the Dodgers Opening Day starter, had just the opposite effort.  He did not even finish the fifth as he pulled after Iannetta’s RBI-single.  Throwing just 4 2/3 innings with a pitch-count at 79, Billingsley allowed six-runs on thirteen-hits in a game he would soon like to forget.

Nevertheless, with the game seemingly all but over, the Dodgers began to make the hometown Rockies fans a little uncomfortable in their seats as Los Angeles began to pile on some runs.  Matt Kemp got things rolling with his 19th-homerun of the season; a deep one-out solo shot into right.

James Loney singled to left before Juan Uribe flied out to left for the Dodgers second out.  Even with two-outs though, the Rockies would find that the Dodgers were not ready to pack-up for the night.  Dioner Navarro reached first on a throwing error, moving Loney to second.  Tony Gwynn then doubled to left to bring home Loney and advance Navarro to third.

Aaron Miles continued the threat with a 2-RBI single in an inning that continued to see the Rockies lead slip further and further away as the Dodgers tried to roar back from a six-run deficit.  After a fielder’s indifference granted Miles second, pinch-hitter Rod Barajas came up clutch with an RBI-single that extended the inning even more for Los Angeles and now made the difference in the game now stand at just one.

But with too big of a deficit to conquer in three-outs, the Dodgers luck ran out as Trent Oeltjen struck-out for the final out to give Colorado the 6-5 victory.


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