Matt Kemp and Dee Gordon went hitless, Andre Ethier failed to drive in a run, nine Dodgers struck out … and the Dodgers still manged to pull out a 2-1 victory over the visiting Collorado Rockies on Saturday night.
Tony Gwynn‘s go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning proved to be the difference. With one out in the top of the inning, Gwynn pinch-hit for Aaron Harang and flared a single into left field to score James Loney from second. The hit was Gwynn’s second impact pinch-hit in the past week after tripling home three runs off Tim Lincecum earlier in the week.
Harang had another strong outing for the Dodgers, going eight innings deep into the game while allowing only four hits and an earned run. Harang picked up his second win in the process.
Juan Uribe had himself a game, driving in the game’s first run with an RBI single in the fifth and making a nice grab over the third base railing near the dugout in the fourth.
One Up: Tony Gwynn Jr., PH: 1-for-1, RBI
It’s easy to discount what Gwynn has done because not many casual fans understand just how difficult it is to be in the position Gwynn is in night in and night out. He rides the bench most of the night and, at the drop of a hat, is asked to come in and either hit or patrol left field. He has very little time to warm up or adjust to game speed. For him to come in and triple a few nights ago and then essentially win the game tonight? Kudos, Tony.
One Down: Dee Gordon, SS: 0-for-4, SO
Earth to Dee. I repeat, Earth to Dee. It has to turn around for him sometime, right? Right?! After another hitless performance on Saturday, Gordon is now 0-for-14 in his last three games and possesses a .211/.250/.273 batting clip. Yikes.
W: Aaron Harang (2-2)
L: Josh Outman (0-1)
S: Kenley Jansen (3)
HR: COL: Tyler Colvin (3)