Sunday, May 4, 2008

Winning streak ends with a thud

The bad news? The Dodgers lost 7-2 to the Rockies today, ending their 8-game winning streak.

The good news? Aaron Cook is on my fantasy team.

Ok so that's not exactly much consolation for us Dodger fans but still, I gotta look for the silver lining in this game. There's really not a whole lot to say other than the bats went dry and the Rockies were in command from the first inning. It was fun while it lasted.

Derek Lowe was Bad Lowe today, barely being able to throw a strike as he gave up 3 runs in the 1st inning. He then set the Rocks down in order the next 3 innings, only to fall apart again in the 5th. He's a really weird pitcher. Flawless one second, horrible the next. But that's what you're going to get from him. His numbers will be good when it's all said and done, but when he's bad, he's REALLY bad.

The bats were set down in order through 3, then Juan Pierre, hitting in the #2 hole again, hit a double with 1 down in the 4th. Matt Kemp struck out and James Loney grounded out to strand him there. Andre Ethier hit a solo shot in the 5th, and Pierre hit an RBI-single in the 8th for the only 2 runs. Pretty much a blah day all around.

What's interesting to note is that each team had 9 hits, with the real difference being that the Rocks took 5 walks compared to none for LA. On the last day of the roadtrip, down 3 runs from the start, it seems like everyone was overanxious and trying to kill the ball instead of playing small ball. In Coors Field, that's natural to aim for the fences. Didn't work today.

I'm sure the Dodgers will easily take 5 of 6 from Colorado, the defending NL Champions. Even if the Rocks are 12-19, that's pretty impressive. With Arizona's loss, they're still 4 games out of 1st in the NL West.

Now, it's back home for a 3-game set against the New York Mets, another elite team in the NL. Chad Billingsley will look to build off his recent good start against the Marlins. Taking the series against a team like the Mets would be another great step in the right direction. Oh, and thankfully they won't have to face some Johan Santana guy. What a shame!

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