Media experts thought the Dodgers had great starting pitching depth, but after numerous injuries Don Mattingly has been forced to use minor leaguers like Matt Magill. The 23-year-old youngster allowed seven runs in six innings of work, which lead to a Rockies 7-2 win over the Dodgers.
Magill beat himself with nine walked batters, while allowing four home runs and left staring into the thin Mile High air. The rough start caused Magill to enter the record books in the wrong way.
Magill became the third Dodgers pitcher to allow nine or more walks in a game, Stan Williams gave up 12 in 1961 but pitched 11 frames. In addition, Magill became the first MLB pitcher to hand out nine walks and three plus long balls since Steve Carlton in 1971.
The bullpen needed rest before Monday's 10-game home stand, therefore Magill was forced to tough it out.
The problem's began early on and never went away, as Rockies leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler blasted a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning. Fowler hit another rounder tripper off of Magill in the bottom of the sixth inning, extending the lead to 7-2. On the three game series, Fowler ended up hitting .500 (7-14) with two home runs and five RBI.
Despite losing by five runs, the Dodgers and Rockies both surprisingly had six hits. The Dodgers two runs came via Skip Schumaker's sharply hit two rbi double in the top of the second. Schumaker may have been the team's sole bright spot, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.
Rockies starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa got the win by positing a quality start of seven innings, two earned runs, six hits, two walks and five strikeouts. With the win De La Rosa can finally take the monkey off his back, defeating the Dodgers for the first time in 15 appearances and 11 starts.
The best way to summarize the Dodgers is by saying: 39-year-old over the hill Todd Helton sports more home runs than Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.
Home runs: 2 for Dexter Fowler (10 & 11), Todd Helton (5), Michael Cuddyer (10)
WP - Jorge De La Rosa (7-3): 7 innings, 2 runs, 6 hits, 2 walks and 5 K's
LP - Matt Magill (0-1): 6 innings, 7 runs, 5 hits, 9 walks and 5 K's