Rockies 7, Dodgers 6
Jon Garland gave the Rockies every reason to believe they made a
smart decision when they signed him.
The veteran right-hander tossed six impressive innings in his
Colorado debut and Michael Cuddyer hit a grand slam that sent the
Rockies to a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday
Garland signed a major league contract with Colorado on Sunday
after he was let go by the Seattle Mariners despite a solid spring.
He was immediately inserted into the Rockies’ rotation as their
fifth starter and he did nothing against Los Angeles to make them
question the move.
Garland allowed one run and five hits with one walk and a
strikeout. He threw 72 pitches, 48 for strikes.
”I used all of my pitches well, but my sinker was really
working,” said Garland, who missed last season following right
shoulder surgery. ”I used it on two double-play grounders.”
Dodgers starter Aaron Harang, struggling to see through a new
pair of glasses, walked his first three batters before Cuddyer
launched a drive to right-center.
”It was the reflection of the lights off of these sport
glasses,” said Harang, who said he pitched for the first time
while wearing prescription lenses. ”I was getting dizzy out there.
The batters were moving. I felt like I was in the Twilight
Harang tossed his glasses off the field after walking the second
Colorado batter, Reid Brignac. But that was a changeup that didn’t
work, either. Harang then walked Carlos Gonzalez before Cuddyer
”I’ve never seen anything like that happen before,” Dodgers
manager Don Mattingly said.
Harang regrouped in the dugout before going back out to the
mound in the second inning. The blur was gone, and he could see the
hitters clearly. Through the next 4 1-3 innings, he allowed one run
and three hits. He also had five strikeouts.
What remains to be seen is where Harang will be on opening
It appears Harang, Ted Lilly and Chis Capuano will be left out
of a starting rotation that eventually will include Clayton
Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Josh Beckett, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Chad
Billingsley. Harang, Lilly and Capuano could wind up in the
bullpen, or with another team through a trade.
”I’m not even going to try to figure it out,” Harang said.
”It’s all still uncertain.”
Andre Ethier tripled off the left-center wall against Garland in
the second inning and scored on Juan Uribe’s grounder. Ethier said
he felt some mild tightness in his right hamstring.
”No issue. No issue at all,” he said after his third triple in
spring training. ”I just wanted to make sure I got into opening
day feeling good. We’re ready to go. I think we’ve shown some
offense here, especially over the last few days.”
NOTES: Call it March Madness: Mattingly was ready for a question
asked in jest about the Dodgers’ decision to cut spring sensation
Yasiel Puig, who was optioned to Double-A Chattanooga on Tuesday.
”I’m not the high school coach who cut Michael Jordan,” Mattingly
said. ”I’m going to be the Dean Smith who enhanced his
development.” … The 1988 World Series trophy sat on a table in
the clubhouse at Camelback Ranch. It was one of many items ready to
be packed up for the trip back to Los Angeles, but none as symbolic
of what many expect of the 2013 Dodgers. … Kershaw, the opening
day starter next Monday against San Francisco at Dodger Stadium, is
scheduled to pitch in the Cactus League finale Wednesday against
Seattle and Felix Hernandez in Peoria.