It was about one year ago that Rockies lefty Drew Pomeranz took the mound at Nationals Park in Washington and outpitched phenom Stephen Strasburg. Pomeranz acted like he owned the joint on that steamy July day, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out six over 6 ⅓ innings.
Thursday night at Dodger Stadium, Pomeranz looked like a shell of that pitcher, struggling again as red-hot Los Angeles beat the Rockies 6-1. The Dodgers, winners of 16 of their past 19 games, remain 1½ games behind Arizona in the National League West. The reeling Rockies, 2-5 on the current road trip, fell 4½ games back. The Rockies continue to insist they are viable contenders in the division, and with the return of Troy Tulowitzki and Dexter Fowler to the lineup Thursday, the Rockies took the diamond looking energized.
Tulowitzki struck out three times and finished 0-for-4, while Fowler also went 0-for-4. The Rockies' only positive on the night was Carlos Gonzalez's long home run in the top of the ninth, his National League-leading 25th homer of the season. But the sad story was another perplexing and disheartening performance by Pomeranz, who fell to 0-3 with an ERA of 8.76.
Colorado's defense picked up Pomeranz early, but it also let him down. In the first, Gonzalez closed out the inning, crashing against the left-field wall to make a Ringling Bros. catch, robbing Hanley Ramirez of extra bases and an RBI.
But the second inning displayed just how far catcher Wilin Rosario has to go defensively. With Uribe on first, Hairston laced a double into the left-field corner. Gonzalez threw a laser to Tulowitzki, who fired a strike to Rosario. Uribe was dead to rights, except that Rosario dropped the ball as Uribe slid into home for the first run of the game.
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