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Dodgers 8, Rockies 2: So Long, Colorado

We’re going to lightning-round this one out, because the Rockies are terrible and no one paid attention to this game past the sixth inning and oh my god it still took four hours and there’s another post coming.

  • The featured image to this post is Adrian Gonzalez sliding safely into home, which was funny because the bases were loaded and catcher Wilin Rosario decided he didn’t want to simply make it a force play, for some reason.
  • Josh Beckett threw five shutout innings — ERA, I know, but 2.26! — but was lifted after only 82 pitches and five innings. With what we’ve heard about his “general soreness” and the All-Star break looming, I wouldn’t be at all shocked if there’s a phantom DL stint coming so he can rest up for the second half.
  • Carlos Triunfel has no place on a big league roster, for like a dozen different reasons.
  • Triunfel was only in because Miguel Rojas left after being hit by a pitch — with the bases loaded! — in the right forearm.
  • Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, and Gonzalez all had run-scoring hits.
  • Lest you ever try to use caught stealing numbers to evaluate catchers, look no further than Nolan Arenado taking second base off Chris Perez basically before Drew Butera even caught the ball.
  • Perez, by the way, allowed only a single unearned run in 1.2 innings, but man did he not look good doing it. Why is he still here again?
  • Yohan Flande,” “Brooks Brown,” and “Tommy Kahnle” are not only all real names, they each pitched for the Rockies today. This team.

The Dodgers don’t return to Colorado until September 15. I’m pretty okay with that.


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.


131 comments
Tymathee
Tymathee

in thoughts on Chris Perez... Ned has shown an ability to get things done when needed. I expect a move soon.

bumblue
bumblue

A's vs Dodgers in WS

 tomato
tomato

anyone getting a KFC add?  is that for buckett starts?


Purple Drank
Purple Drank

If DK told you in April that Dee Gordon would be an All-Star, he would repeatedly tell you this without stopping even though you would tell him that you got his point.

efb
efb

INDIAN FOODDDD

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

if you'd told me in april that we'd have four guys going the ASG and none of them were Matty, Hanley, or Adrian I'd have called you a liar (in the politest way possible)

NoHitWin2008
NoHitWin2008

I still can't believe that Dee Gordon, All-star, is actually happening...

KMT59
KMT59

Ok...It's that time

KMT59
KMT59

@DBrim Can you mute tweets on regular twitter.com or do you need tweetdeck or something

Paulstracized
Paulstracized

I saw "Brandon McCarthy traded" and thought yay, I can start cheering for him again. Then I saw "to the Yankees..." sigh. 

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

watching this tigers-rays game makes Drank think


That Rays series at Dodger Stadium last year was probably my favorite series of the year

 tomato
tomato

@Purple Drank  

What if I told you..........we'd live in a world where dee gordon is an all star, next on 30 for 30

bumblue
bumblue

Goes s2 how u, can't judge a player by his uniform.

Lobo
Lobo

@Disgruntled Goat To be honest, Hanley is the only one of that group that I would have expected before the season to make the all star team

InsideThePark (Fulton County)
InsideThePark (Fulton County)

more than half the season has gone by and he's batting over .300, .OBP above .350 and has over 40 steals.

It happened.

MScottEiland
MScottEiland

@KMT59  I wonder if that loud mouthed punk Jonathan Papelbon knows who Puig is now. 

Lobo
Lobo

@KMT59 @DBrim You can mute it on regular, but possibly only for individual people

Paulstracized
Paulstracized

@Purple Drank I remember it only because Dee made like 3 errors in a game, and even Kershaw was pretty visibly frustrated which is rare. 

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

maybe second to that Giants series last year in June

Lobo
Lobo

@KMT59 @DBrim Click on one of their tweets and then go to the "more" option and it should be there

PagansOedipalComplex
PagansOedipalComplex

@ALVX @PagansOedipalComplex @capnsparrow @Paulstracized  the difference the past 3 seasons has been a win per season approximately

given McCarthy's 78 xFIP-, would have costed the A's nothing, plus the fact that Oakland is a cavern, wouldn't you see if McCarthy can pitch to his peripherals in O.co as opposed to giving up your SS of the future, and your best OF prospect, plus a PTBNL?

Samardzija is good, but pitchers break down, you aren't keeping him past the end of next season, and he's only given you 115 ace level innings in his career, he hasn't even thrown a full season of excellent ball, he's been decent, but nothing that Homer Bailey hasn't done