Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is thrown out of the game by home plate umpire Angel Hernandez after Kemp argued after being called out on strikes in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
The Dodgers and extra innings just don’t mix. They’re now 1-5 in games that go past nine, losing 5-4 in 11 innings Friday night to the Colorado Rockies.
The Rockies came into the game with one of the most feared offenses in the National League, and they showed why in the last frame. Charlie Blackmon, who came into the game leading the majors with a .410 batting average, started the scoring with an RBI single. He then scored on a fielder’s choice just ahead of the throw home from first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Justin Morneau then hit a single to drive in what would prove to be the winning run.
The Dodgers made it interesting in the bottom half of the inning. Hanley Ramirez led off with a double to left field, and was driven in on a two-run homer from Adrian Gonzalez.
But, 41-year-old LaTroy Hawkins closed the door after that for his seventh save of the season. Rex Brothers (2-2) got the win.
Josh Beckett still hasn’t won a game in almost two years, but he gave the Dodgers a heck of a start. The right-hander tossed eight innings for his longest outing of the year.
"Any loss is tough," Beckett said after the game. "I want to sit here and be positive, but it’s tough to do that when the team loses, we don’t win as individuals we win as a team and we lose as a team, and we were all apart of that."
His only two mistakes were pitches to Troy Tulowitzki and Corey Dickerson who both hit home runs.
After the Dickerson homer, Beckett retired 17 of the next 18 hitters.
"I felt like I was throwing my curveball behind in the count and ahead in the count," he said. "I think strike one was the key to the 17 out of 18 that I retired."
Yasiel Puig got the Dodgers on the board in the bottom of the first with his third home run of the season. After the Rockies took a 2-1 lead, Puig tied it with a single in the third.
But, LA was held scoreless for the next eight innings, failing to get hits in clutch situations.
"We’re all coming to take the field prepared, but we’re not getting the hits when guys are on base," Puig said through an interpreter, adding, "We need to be able to do that, and...what’s happening is the result that we got tonight."
There was a fireworks show once the game ended, but fans got some in the ninth inning, also. After taking a called third strike on what looked like a ball outside, Matt Kemp let umpire Angel Hernandez know he wasn’t happy with the call by using words that would get me fired if I wrote them. His manager Don Mattingly wasn’t to thrilled about Kemp getting tossed.
"It’s something that we need to talk about internally," Mattingly said afterward. "We’re down a guy, and we have to be more careful."
Jordan Lyles had a strong outing for the Rockies. He hurled seven innings, allowed six hits, two runs, and struck out four. He didn’t factor in the outcome.