Dodgers' offense grinds to complete stop in 3-0 loss to Rockies
And then came June, which in truth, looked a lot like most of May. Not the last days of May -- when the Dodgers scored 23 runs in three games -- but pretty much like the rest of the month.
Which is to say, the offense once again went ka-poof! Vanished again into the unseasonably cool night. Now you see it …
The Dodgers collected only four hits in managing to make a winner out of struggling Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez for the first time all season, falling 3-0 Wednesday to end their three-game winning streak before an announced crowd of 36,975.
It was the fifth time this season the Dodgers have been shut out.
Ubaldo came in 0-5 with a 5.86 ERA in nine starts, the great mystery to Colorado’s depressed season. The Rockies had lost seven of their previous eight and 10 of 12.
Wednesday, if he appeared something significantly less than the dominating pitcher of last season (19-8, 2.88 ERA), he was nonetheless extremely efficient.
In throwing a complete game, he did not walk a batter and the four hits he gave up were all singles, and struck out seven. No Dodger made it as far as second base until the ninth inning.
Garland hasn’t won in his last seven starts, although subtracting one bad outing against his former team, the White Sox, he has pitched well. In those other six starts, he has a 3.13 ERA.
The Rockies got to him Wednesday with solo runs in the second, third and fourth innings.
In the second, Ty Wigginton led off with a sinking liner to center field that Matt Kemp dived awkwardly for and misplayed into a triple. Wigginton scored on Jose Morales’ sacrifice fly.
Seth Smith led off the third with a double, took second on Jonathan Herrera’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Carlos Gonzalez’ sacrifice fly.
The leadoff batter again went to work on Garland (1-5) in the fourth, although Todd Helton made it a quick effort, hitting a solo home run into the right-field stands.
Garland went six innings, yielding the three runs, five hits and a walk.
The way the Dodgers had been scoring the past few games, that would have been more than enough. Only that was in May.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier tosses his batting helmet toward the dugout after striking out during the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 3-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times