Ted Lilly's second start did not go as well as his first one, as the Dodgers were clobbered by the Rockies 12-2 at Dodger Stadium on what could be a costly Monday night at Dodger Stadium. It was the first time the Dodgers have lost by 10 or more runs at home since falling 10-0 to San Francisco on Apr. 2, 2011.
The Dodgers were so thoroughly beaten that Skip Schumaker, who started the game at second base, pitched the ninth inning. He allowed a pair of singles and a walk but otherwise escaped unscathed. Schumaker, who while with the Cardinals allowed a home run to then-Dodger Aaron Miles in his other career pitching performance, in 2011, hit 90 mph on the radar gun multiple times.
Lilly entered the game 7-1 with a 3.32 ERA in nine starts against the Rockies as a Dodger, but his Monday outing was over seemingly before it began. Dexter Fowler greeted him with a home run to lead off the game, then after a single and double to the next two batters, Wilin Rosario also homered for a 4-0 lead four batters into the game.
But even after the first four hitters, Lilly allowed six of the next 16 batters to reach base and one more run. He was done after three innings and 71 pitches. At one point in the third inning, with the bases loaded, trainer Sue Falsone and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt came to the mound to examine Lilly - this was a theme of sorts on Monday - but he stayed in the game and got out of the inning.
Josh Wall entered in the fourth inning and was in 'take one for the team' mode, and whatever 'it' is he had less of it than Lilly. Wall allowed allowed seven runs on eight hits and two walks in his two innings. He threw 62 pitches, the first Dodgers relief pitcher to eclipse 60 pitches in two innings or less since Rule 5 pitcher Jose Nunez threw 69 pitches in 1⅔ innings in 2001 against the Cubs.
Monday was the 28th time since 1916 that two different Dodgers allowed eight or more hits in the same game, and the first since July 17, 2007, when Mark Hendrickson and Eric Stults turned the trick against the Phillies.
Whether fair or not, this was the second 'take one for the team' outing for Wall in two weeks, as he also pitched two innings and threw 29 pitches on Apr. 16, the night Chris Capuano left early with a left calf strain, just one night after Wall threw 17 pitches. But the fact remains, Wall likely won't be on the active roster on Tuesday, thanks to a combination of performance (opponents have a .548 on-base percentage against Wall, who has a 18.00 ERA), usage (after 62 pitches, he is unavailable until the weekend at least), and possibly injury, as trainers visited the mound two batters prior to him getting out of the fifth inning, his final frame.
To make matters even worse for the Dodgers, Matt Kemp was hit by a pitch in the fourth inning, a ball that ricocheted off his shoulder into his face. Kemp was briefly checked by team trainers, but stayed in the game.
That was just about the only mistake made by Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood all night. Chatwood pitched six scoreless innings, didn't walk a batter, and had as many strikeouts (five) as hits allowed. Even at the plate, Chatwood was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. In his career, Chatwood has a .400 batting average (10-for-25) with only three strikeouts in 34 plate appearances.
- A two-run home run by Jerry Hairston in the seventh inning prevented the shutout.
- Hanley Ramirez, who was activated from the disabled list about an hour before the game, made his first appearance of 2013 when he pinch it in the seventh inning. Ramirez struck out looking.
- For the Rockies, El Toro High School grad Nolan Arenado collected both his first major league hit and first MLB home run on Monday, in his second big league game.
Home runs: Jerry Hairston Jr. (1); Dexter Fowler (8), Wilin Rosario (7), Nolan Arenado (1)
WP - Tyler Chatwood (1-0): 6 IP, 5 hits, 5 strikeouts
LP - Ted Lilly (0-1): 3 IP, 8 hits, 5 runs (4 earned), 2 walks, 2 strikeouts