Dodgers 7, Rockies 1 (boxscore)
What Went Right: The Rockies scored a run in the 4th inning, which snapped a 26-inning scoreless streak! Thanks, Andrew Brown!
What Went Wrong: Well, as you can imagine, only scoring one run in an entire series is a recipe for being swept. So yeah, the Rockies were swept. They were pretty much unwatchable games the whole weekend. And the road to 100 continues with three games left to go. Buckle up.
Turning Point: The Rockies scored their run to take a 1-0 lead. Then the Dodgers scored four runs in the bottom half to take command of the game. Those four runs came on two-run homers from Matt Kemp and the legendary Luis Cruz.
Jorge De La Rosa's Line: 4 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 67 pitches (46 strikes)
Four innings and done. Four innings and done. Four innings and done. These pitching lines ALL look the same, though it's always good to see De La Rosa avoiding the walks. That's a small positive that does stand out here. As does his good health to end the year.
Bullpen's Line: 4 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 5 K
Rob Scahill was touched up for a run on three hits in the 5th. That's the first run he's allowed this season. Alex White then continued to struggle in the relief role by allowing two runs on three hits and two walks. The only clean reliever was Carlos Torres, who struck out two in the 8th.
What's Next: It's on to Arizona for the final series in this cesspool of a season. And for the second time in two weeks, we'll see the all left-handed rookie battle in that one as Drew Pomeranz (2-9, 5.01) battles possible ROY candidate Wade Miley (16-11, 3.32). I'll go on record right now and say he improves his case for that award beginning around 7:40.
Final Thoughts: Congratulations to Rafael Ortega on his call-in to the big club, his immediate insertion into the starting lineup, his first career hit, and his first career stolen base.
Whew. Crazy day I'd say for the 21-year-old outfielder that Carlos Gonzalez says looks like he's 10.
Of course it would have been great if his debut could have come under better circumstances. Ortega's presence was only requested after Tyler Colvin and Jason Giambi joined the injured, leaving the Rockies with Jonathan Herrera on their lone healthy bench player. But it's still a nice story for the kid, and it's a good story for a team that has had so few things to smile or feel good about form a baseball perspective.