The Rockies were downed by the Dodgers 9-5 this afternoon, continuing a tough streak of losses that's been pretty frustrating to watch. Jorge De La Rosa got the start against Clayton Kershaw and looked bad once again, giving up five runs on five hits and six walks. His ERA is now an unsightly 9.56 and he's struggled to locate his pitches.
So far this season, JDLR has pitched a paltry 16 innings over just four starts and given up 17 runs on 23 hits. He's also walked 12 batters. That much traffic on the bases is always going to end in issues, and Jorge De La Rosa has certainly had his fair share of them. He is striking out batters at a terrific rate, but his BB/9 rate of 4.50 is the worst he's ever had while with the Rockies. The team as a whole is walking batters at an awful rate and they're nearly the worst in the entire league regarding BB/9. They walk 3.80 per nine, a rate worse than every team but the Phillies and the Blue Jays.
The Rockies' struggles on the mound were on full display today. De La Rosa gave up five runs over just four innings, walking six and allowing five hits. Kershaw wasn't much better, allowing five runs over 5.2 innings while walking four. The difference between the Rockies and Dodgers today? The Rockies pitching staff allowed a total of 10 walks, while the Dodgers didn't allow any besides Kershaw's four. Speaking of bullpen usage, the Dodgers used three relievers to toss 3.1 innings. The Rockies used five relievers over five innings. As long as our starters continue to struggle to go deep in games, our bullpen's usage is going to seriously start becoming a problem.
Bergman, Friedrich, and Roberts all looked fine today, whiffing a combined three over 3.1 innings of relief. Bergman, however, issued three walks. Oberg, who was given the loss, allowed two runs off of a two-run homer. Logan allowed two as well.
The Rockies five runs all came in the fourth inning. De La Rosa tried to make up for a tough day on the mound and drove in two with a single, while Ynoa, Rosario, and Hundley picked up an RBI each. Arenado picked up the Rockies' lone XBH of the day, hitting a double off of Kershaw for his 10th of the year. Ynoa and Rosario both went 2-for-3 today, but the rest of the team was quiet at the plate. The team has a day off tomorrow before heading to Anaheim to play the Angels for a two-game away stand.