With the NL West already decided, the Dodgers left their fragile power hitters off the starting lineup. Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez enjoyed the day off, as did AJ Ellis. With Roberto Hernandez on the mound, the Dodgers and Drew Butera behind the plate, winning wasn’t exactly a priority; especially since the Nationals won locking in the Dodgers as the second seed in the playoffs.
The night started off with a double by Dee Gordon. Yasiel Puig came up and drove in the first run with single to left field. The lead was short lived as the Rockies tacked on three runs in the third inning.
The Dodgers offense is a peculiar one. It will either drearily score runs and roar to life, or it will just limp along. Tonight, the former showed up. After going scoreless through five innings, the Boys in Blue woke up in the bottom of the sixth. Darwin Barney came into the game and singled to center field. That was followed by a Dee Gordon single. After an infield pop out by Joc Pedereson, Scott Van Slyke singled to left field and brought home Barney. Fortunately, the Rockies are the Rockies and on a throwing error, Dee Gordon advanced to third while Van Slyke advanced to second. Thanks to an infield single by Justin Turner, Gordon and Van Slyke crossed the plate and added two more runs. Eventually, Juan Uribe would drive in both Turner and Carl Crawford. Ethier, who drew a walk, scored on a sacrifice fly by Barney.
That would be all the offense the Dodgers would need to win the game. While the last three games of the season are not worth a damn at this point, it is nice to see the offense rally back and get the win. It is especially nice to know that the bench is able to produce runs. Granted the runs scored were against the Rockies, and not against say, the Cardinals, Steve Lyons would say that not having Matt Kemp and Hanley Ramirez in the lineup hitting home runs is a good thing.
Tomorrow, Dan “I Just Earned $10 Million” Haren gets the start and will face Eddie Butler (who?). Hopefully, Haren can instill show the Dodgers that he should be in the playoff rotation (spoiler alert: He will be in the playoff rotation). Knowing how baseball hates Dodgers fans, he will give up 10 runs and force the bullpen into the game.
First pitch tomorrow is at 6:10 PM.