The Dodgers came out swinging today, but unfortunately the Rockies were swinging too, particularly Todd Helton (a three-run HR in the third) and Troy Tulowitzki (a two-run bomb in the fourth). Casey Blake, in his return from the DL, saw his OPS reach 4.000 before settling on a 2-for-3 day with a triple and a HBP.
Chad Billingsley, however, suffered through 86 pitches and lasted only three innings, giving up 5 ER, and that was effectively the dagger. When the 4-2 Dodger lead turned into a 5-4 deficit off the Helton HR, we never saw the lead again. And despite a promising start to the eighth inning (a Matt Kemp leadoff double, which resulted in only a one-run frame), as well as the ninth inning (leadoff singles from Rod Barajas and Jamey Carroll, neither of whom could advance any further when Rafael Furcal flied out and Hector Gimenez and Andre Ethier decided to each K), the Dodgers succumbed meekly at Coors Field.
At least we're hitting, right? Ten hits, yielding only five runs--including solo shots from James Loney and Barajas. But we still can't seem to hit in bunches, and even frames which start with a good foundation feel precariously situated. Tomorrow, a day off before twenty straight gamedays. Time to get down to San Diego, clear the mind and rest the body. I suggest a nice spa.