By Jon Weisman
The best part of tonight’s game at Colorado for the Dodgers is that Corey Seager didn’t appear to be seriously hurt by either of the two pitches that hit him.
Otherwise, the proverbial “one mistake,” a two-run homer by Nick Hundley, stung Kenta Maeda, before the Dodger bullpen surrendered six more runs in an 8-1 loss to the Rockies.
Losing to Colorado for the sixth time in 13 games this season, the Dodger saw their lead over idle San Francisco in the National League West went down to 1 1/2 games.
This would have been the fifth time in the 22 seasons of Coors Field that the Rockies shut out the Dodgers — matching the number of Dodger shutouts there — and the first since a 10-0 crush on August 27, 2012, except that pinch-hitter Andrew Toles knocked his first career triple with one out in the ninth, and scored on an RBI groundout by pinch-hitter Charlie Culberson.
As a pinch-hitter, Toles has reached base seven times in 12 plate appearances, for a .583 on-base percentage. Among rookies in Dodger history, that trails only Pedro Guerrero in 1980 (.714 in 21 plate appearances).
After scoring nine runs August 23 against the Giants, Los Angeles has 10 runs in its past six games, including three games of one run. The Dodgers have split those six games.
Maeda allowed five baserunners in his five innings with six strikeouts. Adam Liberatore was touched up for another four runs in the seventh, sending his 2016 ERA from 1.91 to 2.84.
Seager, who also walked, was hit by pitches on consecutive at-bats in the fifth and seventh innings, doubling his 2016 total. The latter nailed him in the left palm and caused the most concern, but Seager eventually shook it off with his patented #Seagersmile. According to reporters, X-rays were negative, though a day off for him Tuesday is likely.
Rob Segedin had a team-high two hits to go with his own HBP. Howie Kendrick walked three times.