Two days removed from a division-clincher and with all sense of urgency stripped from the weekend, Dodger Stadium had a sub-playoff atmosphere on Friday night, though a lively crowd did enjoy a six-run rally in the sixth inning of the Dodgers' 7-4 win over the Rockies.
The Dodgers passed the 700-run barrier for the season on Friday for the first time since 2009. The Dodgers have scored 702 runs this season, second in the National League to the 745 scored by the mile-high Rockies.
Dee Gordon doubled in his first two trips to the plate and finished with three hits, his 11th multi-hit game in September. Gordon has 38 extra-base hits on the season, the most he has ever had as a professional.
Roberto Hernandez was uninspiring, allowing three runs on six hits and had more walks (four) than strikeouts (three). The one positive was that Hernandez lasted 5⅔ innings, four outs deeper than of his other four starts in September.
Scott Elbert relieved Hernandez and threw eight pitches to escape a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, earning his first major league win ssince July 3, 2012.
Carl Crawford threw out Rafael Ynoa at the plate in the seventh inning, Crawford's first outfield assist of 2014. Rockies manager Walt Weiss challenged the out call, and replays showed that Ynoa quite possibly may have gotten his hand on home plate before the tag, but in the end it was decided that the world simply needed this Crawford assist.
Scott Van Slyke scored from second on an "infield" single. Well, a hit that reached just barely beyond second base anyway. Justin Turner, who collected said hit, drove in two runs on the play.
Darwin Barney led off the sixth inning with a single, pinch hitting for Scott Elbert. The Dodgers would score six runs in the inning and Barney batted again, driving home a run with a sacrifice fly. The second plate appearance of the inning is a rare "other" classification for Barney, who technically wasn't pinch hitting for anyone his second time up, but he also didn't have a defensive position. The only other such plate appearance by a Dodger this season was by Miguel Rojas on June 28, pinch running in the second inning then batting later in the frame.
Barney broke his bat in his first plate appearance and didn't expect to bat again. But when he was in the hole, nearly due up again, he said he had to run back to the clubhouse to get another bat. Barney, who has a .486 on-base percentage in 35 plate appearances as a Dodger, said he used one bat the last few weeks until breaking it during batting practice on Friday. Then he broke another bat in the sixth.
"That's how it goes sometimes," he said.
Juan Uribe was 1-for-3 with a pair of runs driven in, and since returning from the disabled list is hitting .378/.400/.549 with 19 RBI in 22 games.
During the seventh inning stretch, Vin Scully held up a sign to show appreciation for the Dodger Stadium crowd.
The best wishing you the best. pic.twitter.com/wj5dhkqDSc— ThinkBlueLA (@Think_BlueLA) September 27, 2014
The Dodgers will pass 3.7 million in attendance on the season on Saturday, the sixth time in their history.
LaTroy Hawkins recorded a couple of outs in the bottom of the eighth inning for the Rockies, his 999th major league appearance. Hawkins is the active leader in games pitched, one shy of becoming the 16th pitcher ever to pitch in 1,000 games.
Tune-up weekend continues on Saturday night with Dan Haren on the mound to start a 6:10 p.m. PT game, facing Eddie Butler for Colorado.
One pitcher we won't see is Clayton Kershaw, who lobbied to pitch an inning or so on Sunday to stay fresh in between his Wednesday regular season finale and Game 1 of the NLDS on Oct. 3. But the team is opting for a different course of action.
"We've talked about it a little bit. At one point he was wanting to get an inning in, but we're looking more at a sim game for Sunday," manager Don Mattingly said. "We can control that a little bit. If he gets out there he's going to want to turn it loose, and we can't let him do that on short rest."
Home run: Justin Morneau (17)
WP - Scott Elbert (1-0): ⅓ IP, 1 strikeout
LP - Jordan Lyles (7-4): 5⅓ IP, 8 hits, 5 runs, 4 strikeouts