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Wednesday, August 29th
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Dodgers (69-61) at Colorado Rockies (53-75), 3:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Joe Blanton (8-12, 5.02)
Colorado - Drew Pomeranz (1-7, 4.78)
(Sports Network) - The good feelings from Saturday's blockbuster trade have
just about disappeared from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Things have gone from bad to worse during this three-game series with the
Rockies and the Dodgers will try to avoid getting swept in Colorado for the
first time since 2005 this afternoon. They'll have to do so without star
outfielder Matt Kemp as well.
Los Angeles has lost three straight games since picking up a victory over the
Miami Marlins on Saturday, the same day it sent a package of players to the
Boston Red Sox for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, starting pitcher Josh
Beckett, infielder Nick Punto and injured outfielder Carl Crawford.
Gonzalez is 3-for-15 with a homer and four RBI since the trade, Punto has gone
1-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and Beckett was handed a loss in Monday's
opener after allowing three runs over 5 2/3 frames.
Crawford isn't expected to play until next season because of Tommy John
Despite those additions, the Dodgers have fallen 3 1/2 games behind the first-
place San Francisco Giants in the NL West thanks to losses in six of eight and
also trail the second wild card spot in the league by 2 1/2 games.
The addition of Gonzalez to a lineup that already features Kemp, fellow
outfielder Andre Ethier and infielder Hanley Ramirez was expected to give Los
Angeles a feared offense, but the club has been outscored 24-6 over its three-
game slide and likely won't have Kemp today after he suffered a host of
injuries in Tuesday's 8-4 loss.
Kemp crashed into the padded wall in center field in the first inning at full
speed, remaining on the warning track for some time while getting checked on
by the training staff. He stayed in the game following the collision, but
eventually took himself out because of a knee issue.
"I think it's frightening," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Kemp's
injury. "Contusion on the knee they're saying, but they're still going to get
an MRI on it. He had to get stitches on his chin. No concussion
symptoms ... also going to get a cat scan on his jaw."
Kemp missed a total of 51 games earlier this season due to a nagging hamstring
Ramirez hit a solo homer and starter Chris Capuano was tagged for six runs
over six innings for the Dodgers, who haven't been swept in three games at
Colorado since Sept. 2-4, 2005.
Wilin Rosario hit a solo homer and drove in three runs for the Rockies, who
have won eight of their last 10 overall and six of eight at home this season
versus the Dodgers.
Tyler Chatwood allowed just two runs on five hits and three walks over five
frames to earn the victory.
"Another really good game," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "A good game
because once again we pitched very effectively and I thought our offensive
approach was terrific."
The Dodgers turn to another midseason acquisition today in Joe Blanton, who is
still seeking his first win since coming over in a trade from the Philadelphia
The right-hander is 0-3 with a 7.71 earned run average in four starts with the
Dodgers. After allowing three homers in a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on
Aug. 16, Blanton yielded four runs on 10 hits and two walks over 5 2/3 frames
of last Tuesday's setback to the San Francisco Giants.
Blanton is 8-12 with a 5.02 ERA in 25 total games this season and faced the
Rockies on June 20 while with the Phillies. The 31-year-old did not get a
decision as he allowed five runs and three homers over seven innings, leaving
him 1-0 with a 5.71 ERA in three lifetime encounters.
Colorado's Drew Pomeranz hopes to close out this series with a victory, having
gone 0-4 in eight starts since his last win on July 6.
The 23-year-old southpaw pitched well enough to win on Friday versus the
Chicago Cubs, giving up two runs on a pair of solo homers over five frames
before not factoring into a 5-3 loss.
Pomeranz is just 1-7 with a 4.78 ERA in 15 starts this season. He has faced
the Dodgers twice in his young career, allowing a run and striking out 12 over
10 2/3 innings without a decision.
08/29 10:30:56 ET