Rockies 3, Dodgers 2
Alex White delivered a win, and a much-needed day off for some
of Colorado’s relievers.
White gave the overworked Rockies bullpen a bit of rest,
pitching shutout ball into the seventh inning Sunday in a 3-2 win
over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Rockies took two of three from the NL West leaders. White
(2-3) gave up two runs and two hits in 6 2-3 innings.
”That’s the best game he’s pitched since he’s worn a Rockies
uniform. He was terrific,” Colorado manager Jim Tracy said. ”He
broke bats, got ground balls. A lot of what you saw today is what
is capable of coming out on a regular basis once we get to that
White, acquired last July in the deadline deal that sent Ubaldo
Jimenez to Cleveland, made his 13th start for the Rockies and sixth
White said ”fastball command without a doubt” was the
difference between this and his past starts. Not going over his
head with his hands in his delivery, White said, helped him to stay
balanced and be ”better able to consistent in my delivery.”
After reliever Rex Brothers gave up a hit in the seventh, Matt
Belisle retired the four batters he faced.
Rafael Betancourt, pitching for the first time in six days, set
down the side in order in the ninth to earn his 10th save. A.J.
Ellis, who had homered earlier, was the second batter Betancourt
faced and drove a fly to deep left that Carlos Gonzalez caught on
the warning track.
Asked whether he thought he just yielded a game-tying homer,
Betancourt said, ”Here in Denver, sometimes you never know.”
”I started looking at that ball and I was watching Carlos and
when I saw him kind of slow down and get to the warning track, I
said, ”OK, that ball is in the park.”’
Colorado starters had combined for a total of five innings in
the first two games of the series. Josh Outman reached a pitch
limit after 3 1-3 innings in his first start this season Friday,
then a knee injury forced Juan Nicasio out after 1 2-3 innings
White restored some order to the rotation.
”He’s kind of a spray painter. He’s not a guy that’s sitting
there hitting spots,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. ”His
ball just has movement.”
The Rockies scored an unearned run in the first, aided by Ellis’
passed ball, and added two more runs in the sixth with two out on a
single by Todd Helton and a double by Jordan Pacheco.
Nathan Eovaldi (0-2) lost in his second start since being
recalled to replace injured Ted Lilly in the Dodgers’ rotation.
White held the Dodgers scoreless until the seventh when he
walked James Loney with one out and Ellis hit a two-run homer down
the left-field line.
After White issued his season-high fifth walk to Adam Kennedy
with two outs, he was pulled. Brothers gave up an infield hit to
Dee Gordon and Belisle came on to face pinch hitter Alex
Second baseman D.J. LeMahieu, shading Castellanos up the middle
and on the edge of the outfield, made a backhanded stop of his hard
grounder and pumped his fist after throwing to first for the final
out of the inning.
White held the Dodgers hitless until Jerry Hairston Jr. grounded
a single into left field with two out in the fourth. In the sixth,
White walked Bobby Abreu with two out, and he stole second. But
White retired Andre Ethier on a fly out.
The Rockies’ unearned run in the first was scored by Dexter
Fowler, who led off with a single and stole second. After moving to
third on a passed ball, Fowler scored when third baseman Elian
Herrera made a sprawling stop of Marco Scutaro’s hard grounder but
had no play at home and instead threw to first.
Fowler’s hit was the Rockies only one through four innings.
Pacheco’s double in the sixth finished Eovaldi, who threw 102
pitches in 5 2-3 innings. White came within one out of matching his
career high of seven innings and got 13 outs on ground balls.
NOTES: The Rockies stopped the second rehab assignment of
pitcher Jorge De La Rosa because of a slight fluid buildup in his
repaired left elbow. Trainer Keith Dugger said this sort of
inflammation is not uncommon when coming back from Tommy John
surgery, which De La Rosa underwent one year ago Sunday. He will
undergo a precautionary MRI on Monday and must be idle for a week
before beginning another rehab assignment. His initial rehab
assignment was halted May 19 due to left forearm inflammation. …
Nicasio (strained left knee), who was placed on the 15-day disabled
list Sunday will undergo a precautionary MRI on Monday. … Gordon
was back in the leadoff spot for the Dodgers on Sunday for the
first time since May 19. He had been switched to No. 8 in the order
but was returned to the top spot after batting .308 in the last 10
days. … Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said outfielder Juan
Rivera, on the 15-day disabled list since May 9 with a hamstring
strain, could be activated as soon as Monday, when the team opens a
four-game series against the Phillies.