Looking at the 16-6 score, you might think it was like old times at Coors Field, before the humidifier took the rabbit out of the ball, but that just wasn't the case. The two teams did get 25 hits but only seven were for extra bases and none of them got out of the park. It was the patter of little feet that ran up the tally. Los Angeles walked a unbelievable 11 Rockies batters and Colorado walked four.
As a matter of fact, the stats were eerily similar in nature: L.A. struck out for and walked 11; Colorado walked four and struck out 11.
On a smaller scale, it resembled the final game of the series with the Angeles in which the Dodgers scored four in the fourth, fell behind 7-4 and finished with a 10-7 loss.
Fast forward one day and you have the Dodgers scoring seven in the fourth, Colorado closing to 7-6 and the Dodgers adding eight more in the seventh for a 16-6 win.
In the fourth inning of a scoreless game, Orlando Hudson singled to run his hitting streak to 15 games. Casey Blake and Matt Kemp followed with singles and the Dodgers were on the board. James Loney singled, Jamie Hoffman's sac fly drove in a run and Juan Castro, in the lineup again for Rafael Furcal, singled in another and again loaded the bases.
Juan Pierre crushed a shot to the left-center field wall for a three-run triple and scored on Martins RBI hit.
The big eighth inning reads a lot like the fourth. With one out, Kemp ad Loney walked, Hoffman lined a double to right to drive in the first run and his sixth RBI in his first two starts. Castro added a two-run single to run his RBI total to three, Pierre and Martin beat out consecutive infield hits, knocking in another run, Hudson banged a two-run single, Blake doubled for another and Kemp added one more RBI hit.
In the ninth Martin singled and was brought in by Kemp's single.
Los Angles left a raft of runners on base in the Angels series but this day they were 12-for-18 with runners in scoring position.
Counting a :37 minute rain delay, the game took just a minute less than four hours. And both teams will feel that in the second game of the series tonight.
Eleven pitchers (five of them Dodgers) threw a staggering 377 pitches, 222 for strikes and 155 called balls. The Dodgers barely broke even, collecting 91 strikes and 83 balls.
Eric Stults, with a thumb still sore from having jammed it in his last start, must have been not telling the complete truth when he reported that although it was sore, he could throw all his pitches without a problem.
But the offending digit apparently had a mind of its own and Stults allowed only three hits but walked seven. He passed two in the first, one in the second and third and then, obviously tiring, walked the bases loaded in the fifth.
Don't tell me there is no sentiment in baseball.
The Dodgers led 7-1 after four and manager Joe Torre and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt were trying desperately to get him through the fifth inning so he would be the pitcher of record. But when he walked three in a row, they reluctantly made a move and brought in Jeff Weaver.
Weaver threw gas on the fire, allowing a run scoring ground ball, a two-run double and an RBI single, clearing the bases of Stults' runners and allowing one of his own to score. Suddenly it was 7-5.
He opened the eighth by getting the first hitter to bounce out, them served up a double and a walk, wild pitched twice and after a sacrifice fly made it 7-6, Will Ohman was hastily called upon. He walked a man before ending the inning with a strikeout and now it was 7-6.
Ohman walked the leadoff man in the seventh, was given the rest of the game off, and Ronald Belisario (which means something like beautiful evening in Spanish), and a calm settled over Coors Field.
That is a calm in the Dodgers dugout. L.A. added eight runs in the top of the seventh to take most of the pressure off the pitching staff.
Belisario worked two scoreless innings and Guillermo Mota struggled around a pair of singles but added a zero of his own in the ninth.
Although Weaver took over with the Dodgers leading and, barely, left with them still ahead, a scorer's decision gave the win to Ohman, his first in Dodger Blue.
Martin, Kemp, Loney and Castro collected three hits. Pierre, Hudson and Blake had two each. Hoffman only had a single hit but he knocked in a pair of runs and his hit, a double in the seventh, seemed to have given the Dodgers a little breathing room, moving the score to 8-6. Of course when the inning ended it was 15-6.
Colorado first baseman Todd Helton left the game in the fifth inning with migraine symptoms. About 20,000 of the 37,000 fans in attendance must have had similar symptoms because they flocked out of the park also. It would have seemed Rockies manager Clint Hurdle would have also left had he the chance.
Lefty Erick Milton will make his second start as a Dodger tonight and will oppose Colorado ace Aaron Cook.
Score by Innings Los Angeles 000 700 801-16 Colorado 000 141 000- 6 Los Angeles ab r h bi ave Pierre lf 6 2 2 3 .385 Martin c 6 2 3 2 .270 Hudson 2b 5 2 2 2 .344 Blake 3b 6 2 2 1 .306 Kemp cf 5 2 3 3 .298 Loney 1b 5 2 3 0 .291 Hoffmann rf 4 1 1 2 .300 Castro ss 5 2 3 3 .387 Stults p 2 1 0 0 .077 Weave p 0 0 0 0 .143 Ohman p 0 0 0 0 .500 Belisario p 1 0 0 0 .000 Mota p 0 0 0 0 .000 --------------------------------- Totals 45 16 19 16 Colorado 30 6 8 6 Error- Loney (1). 2B- Hoffmann (2), Blake (10). 3B- Pierre (2). RBI- Kemp 3 (28), hoffmann 2 (6), Castro 3 (7), Pierre 3 (16), Martin 2 (20), Hudson 2 (29), Blake (29). S- Ohman. SF- Hoffmann. LOB- Los Angeles 8, Colorado 10. SB- Martin (6), Loney (3). DP- Blake, Hudson and Loney 3. Los Angeles in h r-er bb so era Stults 4.1 3 4-4 7 2 4.29 Weaver 1.1 3 2-2 1 0 3.63 Ohman (1-0) 0.1 0 0-0 2 1 5.11 Belisario 2.0 0 0-0 1 0 2.28 Mota 1.0 2 0-0 0 1 7.50 WP- Weaver 2. T- 3:59. Att- 37,024.Dodger Blue, er, Red Notes-- All major league teams wore red hits with stars and stripes in the logo to honor the fallen on Memorial Day. They will wear them again on July 4th and September 11. One fan noted if they wear them with their home uniforms, they will be in red, white and blue. ...James Loney was 3-for-5 in the opening game and is hitting .377 (32-for-85) with 31 runs batted in over his 23 games at Coors Field. In games this season, he is .625 (10-for-16) with four doubles and three RBI in Denver. ...Casey Blake, with two more hits, leads the Major Leagues with a .457 (21-for-46) average and has boosted his average from .238 to .306. He has seven doubles, four home runs, 14 runs batted in during 21 games in May.