Hanley Ramirez homers, leaves game in Dodgers’ win over Rockies
LOS ANGELES — Don Mattingly had plenty of questions and not many answers. This despite his Dodgers having just won their second straight and fourth in the last five games with a 4-2 win over Colorado Tuesday.
The win may have come at a price, however.
Shortstop Hanley Ramirez suffered a contusion on his right ring finger and was forced to leave the game in the top of the seventh inning.
"We’ll find out tomorrow how sore it is," Mattingly said. "The fact that he didn’t break it is, for us, good news. How long? A couple of days? I don’t know. I’d just be guessing at this point."
Ramirez was attempting to field a one-hopper smoked off of the bat of Corey Dickerson when he was hit by the ball on his throwing hand. Ramirez was in considerable pain and left the game immediately.
X-rays were negative. He is officially listed as day-to-day.
Ramirez wasn’t available for comment following the game but sent out a tweet to fans shortly after.
— Hanley Ramirez (@HanleyRamirez) June 18, 2014
Prior to his departure, it was Ramirez who started a long ball bonanza of sorts for the Dodgers. He left the yard in the bottom of the third with a two-run home run to right field to put the Dodgers up 2-0.
Matt Kemp homered the following inning to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead.
The third and final home run on the night for the Dodgers came from Ramirez’s replacement at shortstop, Carlos Triunfel. He hit a shot down the left field line off of Rockies reliever Tommy Kahnle to give the Dodgers some needed insurance and a 4-2 lead. It was the first big league home run for Triunfel who was happy to be able to contribute in Ramirez’s place — a player he’s long admired.
"I ask him a lot of questions, obviously, about hitting," Triunfel said through a translator. "He’s my favorite player. Obviously, a very good hitter and I ask him a lot of questions."
The Dodgers hit three home runs in a game for the fourth time this season. That’s just one shy of their high — four home runs against the Giants on Apr. 6.
The four runs all via the long ball were enough for starter Zack Greinke to pick up his ninth win, tying him for the league lead.
Mattingly admitted it was certainly a scare seeing his shortstop needing to leave the game, especially with his team on the cusp of returning to full strength.
"You don’t want to see anything happen to anybody right now," Mattingly said. "You want to try to get to full strength. We’re getting close to getting (third baseman) Juan (Uribe) back. We’ve gotten (catcher) A.J. (Ellis) back so we’re kind of getting back to our club again and you don’t want to go in the other direction."