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Rockies 8, Dodgers 7: The Most Fun Loss Of The Year

Dan Haren wasn’t great today, but then I’m not sure if we should really be surprised or all that disappointed about this. We’ve been talking about his home run problems for weeks now, and he was asked to pitch in Coors Field, of all places. So that he allowed two homers, one to Drew Stubbs and another to Corey Dickerson, and a triple to Charlie Culberson that went to the absolute deepest part of the park, well, who didn’t see that coming? Of course, he gave up eight runs while striking out eight and not walking a single batter, so, yeah, I really didn’t see that coming. He was terrible, just in a very weird way.

It’s incredibly difficult to fail in exactly that manner, to the point that it — “it” being “allowing eight or more earned runs while striking out eight or more without a walk” has been done all of twice in the last 100 years. Frank Tanana did it in 1976; Curt Schilling in 1998. Those guy were both really good pitchers. Haren used to be, too.

But we know what Haren is at this point, so I’d rather focus my attention on the absolutely hilarious top of the seventh inning, with Nick Masset relieving Jorge De La Rosa up 8-2. From the ESPN game log:

I mean, just look at all that, and know that it barely does justice to what it was like to watch it live. Seven Dodgers got on base before the third Colorado pitcher of the inning, Ottavino, got an out. Four walks. A wild pitch. A passed ball. An injured pitcher. And the most Dodger thing of all, a double play with the bases loaded and none out. It was some of the most incompetent baseball I’ve ever see as far as the Rockies go, and that’s saying a lot considering they’re a team that’s won something like two games in three weeks.

Unfortunately, the inability to really break the game open with the bases loaded at the end of that inning loomed large, because despite and opportunities in the eighth — Dee Gordon singled and stole second the Dodgers never could get that tying run, despite Jamey Wright, J.P. Howell, and Brandon League keeping Colorado scoreless in relief of Haren.

But you know what? Let’s be honest for a second here. Yes, the Dodgers lost, largely because their starter was lousy and because outside of that one ridiculous inning, the offense somehow couldn’t do much against De La Rosa and friends. (I know it seems weird to complain about the offense in a game where they scored seven, but you get the point.) I’m bummed about that. So are you. But I’m not really that bummed by it, because the crazy seventh made the last bit of the game entertaining, and because in the bottom of the eighth, Puig did, well, this:


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And he even hit the cutoff man! How can you even be upset by a loss after that? This game, the best game.


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.


217 comments
baeksu
baeksu

Ok every time I go to dodgersdigest.com, it takes me back to a home page from several days ago.  I could only get here by clicking all of the "new" links in each comments section.  I'm on Google Chrome.  Any suggestions?

deblueDodger
deblueDodger

Drunk Bitch waked over and closed my laptop and told me to get out of cyber world..

TheDeliMan
TheDeliMan

12:11 in San Jose and it's still 80 degrees in my house.  Winter can't come soon enough

BIah
BIah

quiet tonight

Boxxybabee
Boxxybabee

I know Kawasaki isn't great, but I really dig his game. Japanese players have a really interesting style of play.

KMT59
KMT59

Night all...Let's get the series win tomorrow

wilhud
wilhud

All I have to say is FYCQ

PJ14
PJ14

rooting for Will Venable is not what I had in mind

BIah
BIah

Casilla's next up for the regression train

BIah
BIah

tbh our great rotation has left us pretty spoiled with quality starts.  Feels like 90% of the time the starters keep us in the game so it's just a bigger deal where there's a rough outing because it's a rare occurrence 

Boxxybabee
Boxxybabee

Just looked into the updated A's farm system rankings. I'm going to go have a good cry.

Lobo
Lobo

@TheConman Do you think Puig named his noble steed Yasiel Pug?

Lobo
Lobo

@YayMessi No joke, at the minor league game I was at today, they used this sound bite after one of the opposing team's player's flied out.  Was walking to get food and just heard "You get NOTHING!  You LOSE!  Good day, sir!"

PJ14
PJ14

@KMT59  Do the people in their dunk tank wear CQ masks?

PJ14
PJ14

He IS an SOG after all

BIah
BIah

still woulda been sweet to go all in during the offseason though... Kershaw/Tanaka/Greinke/Price/Ryu would have to be one of the best rotations of all time

KMT59
KMT59

@Brooklyn Baby @KMT59 Bacon-A-Fair sizzled over 15,000 pounds of bacon and sold 50,000 pieces of chocolate covered bacon, along with 35,000 cheesy bacon bombs