greinke_colorado_2014-07-03

Dodgers 3, Rockies 2: Missed You, Juan Uribe

Zack Greinke: still the best. I say that even though he ran into some trouble in the eighth inning, allowing Justin Morneau to triple in the tying run, because Greinke came into Coors and was really better than any pitcher at this stupid park had any business being. Over the first seven innings, only two Rockies even reached second, although one of those was a run-scoring double by Josh Rutledge in the bottom of the fifth. (Though Greinke wasn’t helped there by the fact that D.J. LeMahieu was already on second, thanks to a Yasiel Puig error.) Greinke sailed through most of the game until that eighth inning issue, and even then, he got Troy Tulowitzki to pop out and Nolan Arenado to strike out to end the threat.

Of course, these are the Dodgers, and they made the non-descript Franklin Morales look pretty good for most of that same time… everyone except Juan Uribe, that is. Uribe had half of the team’s six hits, including the biggest one of the night, a ninth inning single past LeMahieu to score Matt Kemp and put the Dodgers up 3-2. (And kudos to Kemp for drawing a leadoff walk against LaTroy Hawkins to even be in that situation, of course.)

Hanley Ramirez didn’t manage to put himself in traction, so far as we know, though he did look bad on a first-inning “single.” Erisbel Arruebarrena came on in the eighth to offer defensive support. It’s almost unbelievable how different the two look on defense.

The Dodgers are all alone in first place. Clayton Kershaw is on the mound tomorrow. Life is good.


About

Mike wrote daily for over six long years (2007-13) about the Dodgers at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which was named 2011′s “Best Sports Blog” by LA Weekly. He can currently be found writing multiple times per week at FanGraphs and ESPN, has been a producer and editor for Sports on Earth, and built The Hardball Times. He lives in New York City and will probably be asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.


471 comments
Subtle Euphemism aka Jonathan Lingo
Subtle Euphemism aka Jonathan Lingo

Up in the mountains for the 4th. Just threw away some trash and noticed many claw and bite marks on the bear - proof trash can. That's a bit disconcerting.

KMT59
KMT59

Just a little High

holofuvvv
holofuvvv

time for me to read all these kershaw is god articles

DBrim
DBrim moderator

wat

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Blue Jays with red hats are just weird

Shroom
Shroom

Shooty just makes me miss Hatteberg. 

KMT59
KMT59

Just made this one up

Sad Towel
Sad Towel

at least I get to root for Eric Stults if I have to support the Padres

Shroom
Shroom

Donaldson is good at baseballs.

Sad Towel
Sad Towel

have we been pretending to care about soccer today?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Why the fuck do the Blue Jays need to wear July 4th caps?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Zelous Wheeler just ran into the dugout to make a catch

Shroom
Shroom

"Visit Ath-al-et-ics.com" ugh

Disgruntled Uncultured Bastard
Disgruntled Uncultured Bastard

SAN DIEGO –- The Giants clubhouse doors swung shut for a players-only meeting, and if this is where they turn around their season, it will go down as the Independence Day Intervention.

As for that meeting, it came one day after Bochy and GM Brian Sabean met with a small council of team leaders they tasked with disseminating a message: Get mad, get a sense of urgency, play like it’s September now, every game is crucial, and if you want club officials to believe this team is worth investing in trade deadline improvements, the time to convince them is now.

As Sabean told Yahoo SportsTalk Live earlier this week: “They’ve got to play better and they’ve got to be more competitive and play better at home. If they don’t, then I guess turning into a pumpkin was bound to happen.”

Sad Towel
Sad Towel

@KMT59 it is still early in the morning for efb... give him time

Sad Towel
Sad Towel

but they did have that meeting, so I expect a dozen runs next inning

Shroom
Shroom

@KMT59 I'd wait until the Dodgers start pulling away before taunting too hard. We could be in second place at the end of the day.

Bull Doggy Dogg
Bull Doggy Dogg

@DBrim they aren't. they are wearing their red alternate cap... with their blue jerseys

Shroom
Shroom

@DBrim The US national anthem plays at all their games too.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Ran down the steps. Won't count, but fun.