Troy Tulowitzki shows Dodgers what clutch is: Powers pair of two-run homers in Rockies' 12-2 win
This just in: That Troy Tulowitzki fellow is a pretty good player.
OK, so the possibility remains he’s something quite more than that. At the moment, he only seems the greatest player in the history of the universe.
Tulowitzki is currently taking the National League by storm. He’s hitting the beaches, dropping behind enemy lines, driving the tanks and back on the island plotting the whole assault.
All he did Saturday afternoon was hit a pair of two-run home runs against John Ely to lead the Rockies to a 12-2 whipping over the Dodgers.
Tulowitzki now has 14 home runs in September alone, a new Rockies record for home runs in a month. He’s tied Albert Belle and Barry Bonds for most homers ever in a 15-game span. The Rockies still have 14 games to go.
He’s hit three home runs in two days against the Dodgers. And he has four mult-homer games this season, all in the last 10 games.
Of course, all this came Saturday against a Dodgers team that looked so dead you expected them to roll over on their backs, stick their feet in the air and beg for toe tags.
Saturday marked their fourth consecutive loss and dropped them five games under .500 for the first time since May 5.
The Dodgers couldn’t put a run across against Jhoulys Chacin, whom they had pounded for five runs in five innings when he was last at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 17.
That was back when the Dodgers were still under the illusion they might pull off a remarkable comeback. You know, like the Rockies have. Colorado has won 13 of its last 15 games.
With Vicente Padilla shelved with his sore neck, the Dodgers turned to Ely, their early-season phenom. But since his unexpected 3-1 start, he has gone 1-7.
Ely (4-8, 5.00 earned-run average) is considered a candidate to be the Dodgers’ fifth starter next season, but he’ll have a long way to go from his recent appearances to earn serious consideration.
He lasted only 4 1/3 innings Saturday, giving up six runs on five hits and five walks. Jeff Weaver gave up the other six in the eighth.
Chacin (9-9) threw eight shutout innings. The Dodgers avoided being shut out when rookie Russ Mitchell hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Franklin Morales.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and catcher Miguel Olivo have some fun in the dugout after Tulowitzki's second home run on Saturday against the Dodgers. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press