Joc Pederson complained of not being able to get sleep in Colorado, and the Dodgers sure played like it in their 8-1 loss to the Rockies tonight.
I feel like I shouldn’t half-ass this recap … but the Dodgers played like they were half-asleep, so fair is fair.
Kenta Maeda turned in another solid outing, surrendering only two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out six. Of course, he only lasted five innings, but he also only threw 88 pitches and was removed primarily in an effort to score runs more than it being about his effectiveness. Maeda was burned tonight on two mistake curves while ahead in the count, giving up a 1-2 single to David Dahl and a 1-2 homer to Nick Hundley.
Grant Dayton got a scoreless inning in relief, giving up a hit and notching a strikeout. But more trouble came during Adam Liberatore‘s frame, when he gave up four runs on three hits and a walk while only notching one out. Pedro Baez didn’t help matters, giving up a run, two hits, and a walk of his own before recording two outs to escape the inning.
J.P. Howell also gave up a run on two hits, though it scored because he decided to play slip-n-slide with first base on a potential double play. Oh well!
While that was frustrating, none of it honestly mattered that much. The offense collected just four singles, a triple, and five walks and got shutout at Coors Field.
Toles is ruining my recap.
— Chad Moriyama (@ChadMoriyama) August 30, 2016
…no they actually scored a run, fittingly on an out.
Seriously though, I mean … they can start hitting again whenever they want.
The loss drops the Dodgers to 73-58 overall and continues the unfortunate trend of being mediocre on the road with a 31-32 record. The Giants were idle, so the NL West lead now sits at 1.5 games.
The Rockies and the Dodgers play again tomorrow night at 2:40 PM HST/5:40 PM PST/8:40 PM EST, because start times in Colorado are always weird. The pitching matchup will be Rich Hill (2.09 ERA/2.48 FIP/2.92 DRA Overall, 0.00 ERA/2.18 FIP Dodgers) against Tyler Anderson (3.69 ERA/3.69 FIP/3.01 DRA). That should be a quality pitcher’s duel, which means 20 runs will be scored.