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Dodgers 7, Rockies 2: Gordon’s Great Day Wakes Up Offense

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Eddie Butler is one of the best prospects in the Rockies’ system, and tonight was his major league debut. The Dodgers spoiled his party, winning by a score of 7-2.

Butler was very reliant on the fastball, which touched the upper 90s on occasion. However, he appeared to be too dependent on the pitch at times, and the Dodgers made him pay. He only struck out two batters in his 5-1/3 innings of work (his first major league strikeout was Yasiel Puig, a good story to tell his grandkids someday). He gave up three walks, and more importantly, he allowed six runs.

The offense against Butler was propelled by a fantastic night by Dee Gordon, who tripled in the first and fifth innings and singled in the sixth (he added a walk in the eighth inning as well). He even stole his 36th base of the season on a pitchout. He’s been in an extended slump, so tonight’s performance was extremely encouraging.

Dee wasn’t the only bat which woke up tonight. Hanley Ramirez drove in a run on a groundout and singled twice. Drew Butera doubled. Even Hyun-jin Ryu got into the act:


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Though he needed to be cooled off by Scott Van Slyke after Gordon drove him in:


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It’s a good thing that the offense woke up tonight, too, because Ryu wasn’t particularly sharp. He made it through his first five innings without allowing a run, but it was clear that he just didn’t have anything on his secondary pitches. Coors Field is still the worst sometimes.

Ryu finally allowed a couple of runs in the sixth inning behind a Drew Stubbs home run, a Michael McKenry double, and a Charlie Culberson triple. He got the third out of the inning on a 400ft fly out by Brandon Barnes, and his night was done. Ryu only struck out two batters and walked two, clearly bothered by the thin air impacting his change-up and curve. His fastball command was still decent, and that saved him from a disaster start.

Brandon League, Brian Wilson, and Chris Perez combined for three scoreless innings after Ryu’s departure. All three pitchers struck out at least two batters, though the appearances weren’t without their stressful moments. Even a moderately stressful outing by the bullpen is an improvement on many games so far this year.

Miguel Rojas made his major league debut as Hanley Ramirez was removed from the game in the eighth inning. There wasn’t any obvious trigger for Hanley’s removal, so hopefully it was just for defensive purposes. Rojas dropped a soft line drive on his first big-league defensive chance, running counter to his reputation. Nerves, probably.

An otherwise happy day was blemished somewhat in the top of the seventh inning. Matt Kemp, who has been ice cold of late, connected with a ball and hit it hard to dead-center. Kemp thought he hit the ball out, jogging to first base, and he even high-fived Davey Lopes on his way past. However, the wind was blowing in and the ball hit the top of the wall. Even after the jog, Kemp beat Charlie Blackmon‘s throw to second, but he popped up as the throw arrived and was tagged out as he was in the air. If he had run through to second base, he would have been there standing up.

Kemp has been in the spotlight lately, and fair or not he has to help himself whenever possible. Carl Crawford will be returning soon, and Kemp’s playing time will be hanging in the balance yet again. That particular moment was bad, but at least the fact that he hit a ball 410 feet into the wind is a good sign. He went on to hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.

The Dodgers return to Coors Field tomorrow at 1:00 PM PT. Zack Greinke will look to improve upon his last outing against Jhoulys Chacin.


About

Daniel Brim grew up in the Los Angeles area and remains a Dodger fan despite currently residing in Salem, MA. As an engineer, he’s fascinated by the math and science behind the game of baseball, which probably explains a lot. He started “Blog To The Score” in late 2013 to dig deeper into the numbers behind the Dodgers. In its brief lifespan, it gained attention from local and national media. You can find him spending too much time in the comments section or on Twitter.


457 comments
KMT59
KMT59

I know most of you don't care but Puig is in his rightful spot

nsxtasy
nsxtasy

What, no article about today's lineup, or about all those other draft picks?  First pitch in 30...

moneynow27
moneynow27

This sucks....Again I thought our game was on tonight at 8:40pm EST.....So when I promised my wife we'd go to the movies this afternoon, I'd be home for the night game....Now I'll be at the movies.....Bye....talk on the other side after our 2nd straight win.

Uncultured Bastard
Uncultured Bastard

LOL...  Fox1 interviewing Jason Giambi about his prospective baseball managerial career

Dang88
Dang88

I tell ya, if the giants win it all I am done

KMT59
KMT59

Announcers "well it's now 5-0  (top 0f 8) game is now starting to get away from the bluejays"

moneynow27
moneynow27

You can't Google search this.....there's no real answer.....but it's driving me absolutely nuts......Why in the hell are the Giants 40-21 in early June??????

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

@KMT59 I care because I want him to be recognized and because I'm sure it means a lot to him.

moneynow27
moneynow27

@KMT59 @BlueMarvin

I'm interested, if you buy my flight to San Diego.  (Orlando to San Diego)  I'll pay for the game......You buy this flight, I'll get the next one.  

Hoze
Hoze

@Dang88 it definitely proves that even years are their years.. right??

moneynow27
moneynow27

@Chavez Ravine Fiend @moneynow27

If you compare their stats which I've done, the only glaring metric difference I can find is the bullpen ERA, and the Giants kick our ass there....Their bullpen is certainly better.....but 8.5 games better?

moneynow27
moneynow27

@LA_Woman @moneynow27  @Chavez Ravine Fiend

So the "it's baseball" mantra means the teams that win their division are not necessarily the most talented teams.....Therefore, in my mind that would mean the Dodgers are clearly underachieving.....and again....Why?

Chavez Ravine Fiend
Chavez Ravine Fiend

@moneynow27  @LA_Woman @Chavez Ravine Fiend the 'its' baseball mantra basically means its all about luck sometimes. theres so much to baseball its hard to determine what makes a good team. ESPN writers will say its all about "chemistry and grit"

you can put 8 mike trouts in a lineup but if no one gets a hit with a RISP than its the same as having 8 drew buteras. You can throw kershaw for every game of the week but if he doesnt get run support you lose the game 2-0, 1-0.