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Dodgers soaked by Rockies in extra innings

first_imgBut another loss was something the Dodgers had done plenty in that while. Yasiel Puig was responsible for the Dodgers’ first two runs against Colorado in the first of a three-game series.He couldn’t come up with the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 10th inning as he grounded out to third with Andre Ethier in scoring position.Puig hit a first-pitch solo home run to right field off Colorado starter Jordan Lyles in the first inning to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. And in the third inning, he tied the game at 2 when his RBI-single to left field scored Dee Gordon from second. Gordon had a highlight play himself when he put himself in scoring position with his legs via that infield double in the third inning. Colorado second baseman DJ Mahieu overran the ball, and Gordon, never hesitated and rounded first and slid into second for the double. Then Puig did his thing again to score Gordon.Tulowitzki hit a solo home run to left in the second inning to tie the game off Josh Beckett, Corey Dickerson also homered in that inning. Those were the only two runs Beckett allowed through seven innings. Much of the Dodgers’ attention Friday, however, was stationed in Rancho Cucamonga and not Los Angeles since reigning Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw made his first rehab start. He threw five innings, allowing one run on two hits. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti was there along with a throng of media. Still, the Dodgers have much work to do at Dodger Stadium, especially after losing three of four games to Philadelphia at home, too. Adrian Gonzalez sure made this interesting, but in the end, the Dodgers lost another extra-inning affair. That’s becoming a bad habit. In the bottom of the 11th inning, down by three runs, Gonzalez blasted a two-run homer to right field off Colorado’s LaTroy Hawkins. That pulled the Dodgers within one run, but the Rockies hung on for a 5-4 extra-innings win Friday at Dodger Stadium.Gonzalez was 0-for-4 before delivering that clutch hit. Scott Van Slyke then popped out to second, Carl Crawford flew out to left field and Juan Uribe flew out to right field to end the game. Colorado scored three runs in the top of the 11th in a rainy game and held on for the win. The Dodgers (13-11) have lost four of their last five games and have now lost four of their five extra-inning games. They’re also just 5-8 at Dodger Stadium. The rain started about 9 p.m. and it was never enough to suspend play.“We’re still continuing to have trouble scoring runs,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “We’ve been in a number of games where our pitching giving up two runs through 10 innings tonight, we’ve got to… I’m confident that we’re going to put runs on the board. We’re just not doing it right now.”Brandon Barnes doubled with one out for the Rockies in the 11th, and Charlie Blackmon singled to center to score him. Also in the inning, Carlos Gonzalez grounded into a fielder’s choice to score a run and a run-scoring single by Justin Morneau would prove to be the most important run needed. Matt Kemp was ejected in the ninth inning for arguing a called third strike, too.Dodgers starter Josh Beckett allowed two runs on four hits in eight innings, so he was pleased. “I think this was a step in the right direction for me personally, just to show myself I can do some things I haven’t done in a while,” Beckett said.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Ron Fairly, who starred for Dodgers, USC, then in broadcast booth, dies at 81

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season After his playing career, Fairly began his broadcasting career at KTLA (Ch. 5) and was part of the Angels’ broadcast team from 1980-1986. He moved to the Giants for six seasons (1987-92) then joined the Seattle Mariners’ broadcasting team in 1993, where he remained full time until 2006 and occasionally came out of retirement to fill in through 2011.He was inducted into the USC Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997.He is survived by two sons, Steve and Patrick.Services will be private, USC indicated in a news release. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Ron Fairly, a member of four World Series teams with the Dodgers and a long-time broadcaster in the major leagues, died on Wednesday in Indian Wells at age 81. Fairly had suffered from cancer.Fairly was the first player to represent two Canadian teams – the Montreal Expos (1973) and Toronto Blue Jays (1977) – in the major-league All-Star Game and played on four World Series teams with the Dodgers (1959, 1963, 1965 and 1966), winning three of them. During the seven-game victory over the Minnesota Twins in 1965, Fairly was 11 for 29 (.379) with three doubles, two home runs and six RBIs.A Long Beach native who attended Long Beach Jordan High, he turned down a basketball scholarship to play for John Wooden at UCLA and instead spent two years at USC, helping the baseball team win the 1958 national championship. Fairly played just that one season of varsity baseball, but he hit .348 with team-highs of nine home runs and 67 RBIs as a sophomore center fielder.Fairly made his major-league debut with the Dodgers in 1958 (after two brief minor league stops). Over 12 seasons before a trade to the Expos in June 1969, the first baseman/outfielder batted .267 with 90 home runs. He spent nine more seasons in the majors, capping his 21-season career with the Angels in 1978, batting .217 with 10 homers and 40 RBIs in 91 games. He finished his 2,442-game career with a .266 career average, 1,913 hits, 215 home runs – the most in major-league history for a player who never had a 20-homer season – 931 runs and 1,044 RBIs. Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more