clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Carlos Frias, Dodgers on wrong end of hit parade at Coors Field

New, comments

The Dodgers rookie right-hander set a record on Wednesday, just not one he wants to have.

Doug Pensinger

In a week of extremes for the team, on the anniversary of one of the best pitching performances in franchise history, Carlos Frias delivered a historically bad start for the Dodgers in their 16-2 drubbing at the hands of the Rockies on Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field.

Frias faced 11 batters and allowed 10 hits, including hits for each of the first seven batters he faced. That he only allowed eight runs was thanks in part to his only two outs being recorded on an attempted steal by Chris Dickerson and a bunt attempt by DJ LeMahieu.

On the 18th anniversary of Hideo Nomo's no-hitter at Coors Field, this start was almost the exact opposite.

Frias is the first pitcher in baseball's modern era (since 1901) to allow 10 hits in a start while recording fewer than three outs, per the Elias Sports Bureau.

His Bill James game score (explanation and formula here) of zero was tied for the third-worst by a Dodgers starting pitcher since the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958.

But the Rockies weren't done there. Almost before everyone began speculating whether or not Frias would make his next scheduled start on Monday against the Giants, the second-most likely option - Kevin Correia - entered in relief and allowed six runs on seven hits in three innings.

The 16 runs were the second-most allowed by the Dodgers this season, and the 21 hits tied for most.

The Dodgers didn't score until a solo shot by Darwin Barney in the eighth inning. Barney's third home run of the season and first since joining the Dodgers cut the deficit to a mere 15-1.

Jorge De La Rosa was long gone by then, having already thrown six scoreless innings to earn his 14th win. The left-hander with no fear of Coors Field is 20-3 with a 2.92 ERA in 29 starts in Denver in the last two seasons.

It was an ugly day for the Dodgers, the latest in a series of lopsided games that have collectively tilted slightly out of their favor. The Dodgers' margin of victory (or loss) in the last six games has been -9, +17, +2, +8, -6,-14.

Up next

The Dodgers will head to Chicago, where they start a four-game weekend series at Wrigley Field. In Thursday's opener, the only night game of the series, Zack Greinke starts for the Dodgers, against Tsuyoshi Wada for the Cubs.

Wednesday particulars

Home runs: Darwin Barney (3); Justin Morneau (16), Charlie Blackmon (18), Brandon Barnes (8)

WP - Jorge De La Rosa (14-11): 6 IP, 2 hits, 2 runs, 3 strikeouts

LP - Carlos Frias (0-1): ⅔ IP, 10 hits, 8 runs