Farewell performance? Dodgers can't give Hiroki Kuroda support
Hiroki Kuroda should approve a trade just so he can go somewhere and undergo a completely different experience -- run support. Such a concept.
Kuroda pitched well again Wednesday, got zero support again, and lost again. A regular two-month theme.
He allowed one run in his six innings, and left trailing 1-0.
The Dodgers were unable to scratch a single run against Aaron Cook, who came in 1-5 with a 5.84 ERA. They ultimately lost, 3-1, to snap a four-game winning streak before an announced crowd of 29,976 at Dodger Stadium.
Several teams are interested in acquiring Kuroda prior to Sunday’s nonwaiver trading deadline, but the right-hander has a complete no-trade clause in his contract. And he wants to respond to trade requests only once they’re formally made.
How’s this for packing-the-wagon incentive: In his last 10 starts for the Dodgers, Kuroda has a 2.66 ERA and is 1-8. The Dodgers have scored an average of 2.0 runs in those 10 starts.
And can we help you with your bags, sir?
The game was still scoreless when the Rockies put together a two-out rally in the fifth. Singles by Eric Young Jr., Dexter Fowler and Troy Tulowitzki pushed a run across.
The Rockies added one more with another two-out rally, this one against Blake Hawksworth in the seventh. Tulowitzki doubled, and after an intentional walk, scored on a Ty Wigginton double.
Colorado added a final run in the ninth against reliever Mike MacDougal after a Dexter Fowler drive fell in front of left-fielder Tony Gwynn Jr. Fowler stole second and scored when Tulowitzki's drive went off the glove of Rafael Furcal for a base hit.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers could do nothing with Cook, who was making only his 10th start of the season after breaking his right index finger in spring training.
Nonetheless, Cook (2-5) held the Dodgers scoreless throughout his seven innings, holding them to six hits. He walked two and struck out two.
The Dodgers lone run came in the bottom of the ninth when Rod Barajas hit a solo home run off Huston Street. It was his ninth home run of the season, third on the team.
-- Steve Dilbeck
Photo: Hiroki Kuroda delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. Credit: Jeff Gross / Getty Images