National League Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, August 7th (All times eastern)
Colorado Rockies (39-68) at Los Angeles Dodgers (59-51), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Alex White (2-6, 6.16) Los Angeles - Aaron Harang (7-6, 3.76)
(Sports Network) - Luckily for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the other two teams atop the National League West standings also lost last night.
The Dodgers look to get back on track against the lowly Colorado Rockies Tuesday in the middle test of a three-game series from Chavez Ravine.
Los Angeles entered Monday's game fresh off a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs, but couldn't get the bats going in a 2-0 setback to the Rockies. Chris Capuano pitched well in the loss, allowing both runs and nine hits with six strikeouts and one walk in seven innings. Newcomer Shane Victorino had two of his team's five hits, as the Dodgers lost for the fourth time in seven tries.
Matt Kemp extended his hitting streak to nine games for L.A., which is 3-4 on a nine-game homestand. The Dodgers remained one-half game behind San Francisco for the NL West lead and Arizona still sits four games off the mark.
"I could care less what the Giants are doing right now," Kemp said on the club's website. "All I do is care about what our team is doing and that is trying to win a game. I don't care about any other team but the Dodgers and the team that we are playing."
Andre Ethier was not in the starting lineup for the Dodgers and is one double shy of setting a franchise record with six consecutive 30-plus double seasons. Ethier already is just the second Dodger with five consecutive 30-double campaigns (Jackie Robinson).
Aaron Harang draws the start for Los Angeles tonight and has lost three of his last five decisions. He was pounded by the Diamondbacks the last time out in a 7-2 loss last Monday, as he allowed all seven runs and nine hits in five innings to fall to 7-6 in 21 starts with a 3.76 earned run average.
Harang, whose Sunday start was pushed back in favor of Joe Blanton, hopes the lengthy rest will get him back on track against the Rockies, whom he is 2-1 against in three starts this season. In 13 career starts in this series, the right-hander is 6-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
Colorado prevailed for only the fourth time in 18 tries on Monday. Drew Pomeranz was surprisingly effective with four scoreless innings in the no- decision, while Adam Ottavino allowed just one hit in three shutout innings of relief for the win. Matt Belisle tossed a scoreless eighth inning, before Rafael Betancourt nailed down his 18th save in the ninth.
"I was very pleased with the way we pitched throughout the game. Drew had explosive velocity, I wish he could've gone further," said Rockies manager Jim Tracy, who was ejected in the seventh inning for arguing on a ruled catch.
It appeared Dexter Fowler made a catch on a hit by Victorino, but it was ruled a hit and Tracy vehemently expressed his displeasure.
"I saw his hand from the dugout go completely underneath the ball," Tracy told the Rockies' website. "I asked Dexter if he caught the ball. I wanted an honest answer and he said he caught it 100 percent."
Nonetheless, the Rockies ended a three-game slide and received three hits and two runs scored from Eric Young Jr. Jordan Pacheco had two hits and drove in a run for Colorado, which was coming off a 1-8 homestand and opened a six-game road trip on a high note.
In other team news, veteran first baseman Todd Helton is done for the season and will undergo surgery on lingering hip damage. Helton had been sidelined since July 9 with inflammation in his right hip, and he was activated off the 15-day DL on July 27. He played in six games since then, going 5-for-19 with three runs batted in.
The 38-year-old will end up with a career-worst .238 average, seven home runs, 16 doubles, 37 RBI and 31 runs scored in just 69 games -- his lowest number since a 35-game stint in his rookie campaign of 1997.
Alex White will try to pitch the Rockies to a series win this evening and performed well in his first appearance since late June the previous time out. White allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings in an 8-2 victory over St. Louis on Thursday and is 2-6 with a 6.16 earned run average in 11 starts.
White, a right-hander, defeated the Dodgers in a 3-2 win on June 3 and is 1-1 with a 6.55 ERA through two career starts against them.
Colorado and Los Angeles have split 10 meetings this season. The Rockies haven't won a series at Dodger Stadium since winning two of three meetings from Sept. 17-19, 2010.
08/07 10:47:05 ET