Rockies 6, Dodgers 4
LOS ANGELES (AP)—Colorado shortstop Clint Barmes appeared to have the inside track on NL Rookie of the Year honors in early June before he broke his collarbone and missed the next 78 games.
Nothing that has happened since then has caused Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle to feel any differently now.
Barmes triggered a six-run second inning with a bases-loaded two-run single and the Rockies held on for a 6-4 victory over the Dodgers on Tuesday night, putting a damper on Los Angeles’ hopes for a second straight NL West title. His .311 average is the highest among NL shortstops with at least 250 at-bats.
“I think by far and away he was way ahead of the pack at the time he went down,” Hurdle said. “But the numbers he has now, they still spell out pretty good in the big scheme of things if you want to dissect numbers and break them down. Everybody else had an opportunity of three months to really put some distance between themselves and him and elevate themselves, but it didn’t happen.”
Sun-woo (Sunny) Kim (5-2) won his third straight decision over four starts, allowing four runs and five hits over five innings after being staked to a 6-0 lead. The right-hander improved to 3-0 in five starts since being claimed off waivers from the Washington Nationals on Aug. 5. Two of those victories have come against the Dodgers, who are five games behind first-place San Diego in the NL West.
The Rockies, whose 58-86 record is the second-worst in the majors, are 10-8 against the injury-riddled Dodgers this season with one more to play. It’s only the third time they have won a season series from Los Angeles, including 1993 (7-6) and 1999 (8-5).
“It wasn’t a hot topic after the first half,” Hurdle said with a laugh. “But it’s a good feeling to come back and play the way we have against them this season. I think they would acknowledge that now when we have the lead, we’re the ones putting them away. That wasn’t the case in the past.”
Todd Helton had an RBI double in the second, recording his 900th career RBI three days after scoring his 900th run. The five-time All-Star was 2-for-3 with two walks and is hitting a major league-leading .367 since July 1, increasing his overall average from .264 to .305.
“He’s had to have two very, very big months to get him where he is right now, but he can get hot like nobody’s business,” Hurdle said. “At times, I think he fed off the energy that the young players brought when he was going through his tough times.”
Los Angeles rookie Edwin Jackson (1-2) never made it out of the second inning, retiring only four of the 12 batters he faced in his fourth start this season. He gave up six runs, five earned, three hits and three walks. His 1 1-3 inning stint was the shortest by a Dodgers starter this year.
Rick Honeycutt, a former Dodgers pitcher and now the team’s roving minor league pitching instructor, has seen Jackson pitch a number of times in the minors and with the big club. He was the one who recommended to the organization that Jackson be sent from Triple-A to Double-A in May so that Jackson, who turned 22 last Friday, could regain his confidence and work on his fastball command.
“Getting to the big leagues is one thing, but staying here is another,” Honeycutt said. “Sometimes, you need to fail to show that you’ve still got a ways to go. Each guy is going to handle things differently, and it’s extremely difficult for a young guy to dominate at this level.
“It’s all experience that you have to go through,” Honeycutt added. “It’s painful, but he’s a strong enough kid, and he’ll come back from this and be better because of it. He’s still making some mistakes, but he’s still a work in progress. It’s always going to be a work in progress.”
All three Los Angeles outfielders committed an error during the Rockies’ rally, which equaled the most runs scored against the Dodgers in one inning this season. One of the errors was a poor throw to the plate by left fielder Ricky Ledee after he fielded the two-run single by Barmes.
Corey Sullivan was credited with a sacrifice fly when right fielder Jose Cruz Jr. misplayed his line drive for his fourth error since the Dodgers acquired him from Boston on Aug. 9. Center fielder Jayson Werth let Matt Holliday’s RBI single skip past him, allowing another run to score and putting the Rockies up 6-0.
The Dodgers made it 6-4 with a four-run fourth. Cruz started the comeback with an RBI double, Ledee scored on a wild pitch, Werth singled home a run and pinch-hitter Hee-Seop Choi followed with a sacrifice fly. But they did not get another hit until Ledee’s one-out double in the eighth.
The crowd of 30,535 was the Dodgers’ smallest in their first 73 home dates. … Jackson has a 14.44 ERA in four starts against Colorado, including three no-decisions. … Brian Myrow made his first big league start at 1B in place of Choi, who has hit only two home runs in 138 at-bats since homering three times against Minnesota’s Brad Radke in a 4-3 victory on June 12.