Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp reacts to hitting a pop up to shallow right… (Reed Saxon / Associated…)
There are echoes of Michael Corleone in the disaster that was “The Godfather: Part III” in these Dodgers.
Just when you think they’ve got it together, they pull you back.
After three consecutive victories, the Dodgers played host to the Colorado Rockies –- or what’s left of them –- on Monday and were completely handled.
By the team with the second-worst record in baseball. Playing without stars Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton. With an injury-riddled rotation. That is 39-68 on the season.
And still the Dodgers fell meekly, 2-0, before an announced crowd of 32,659 at Dodger Stadium, missing an opportunity to regain the lead in the Nation League West after the Giants had lost earlier Monday.
The Dodgers were shut out for the 10th this season, tying them with lowly Houston and Miami for most times in the NL this season.
Before winning three consecutive games, the Dodgers had lost three straight. And prior to that, they had won three straight, and before that had lost three consecutive, after winning five straight, which followed a streak of four consecutive losses.
They’re up, they’re down, they’re up and down again! There is a certain consistency to their inconsistency.
Chris Capuano surrendered solo runs in the first and third innings Monday, and that was all the Rockies needed. Four Colorado pitchers held the Dodgers to five hits, all singles.
Capuano (10-8) gave up a run in the first inning after Eric Young led off with a single and Jordan Pacheco’s hit sent him to third. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Gonzalez.
The Rockies made it a 2-0 game in the third on consecutive hard singles by Young, Dexter Fowler and Pacheco.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers made little offensive noise. One of the closest times came in the seventh inning when A.J. Ellis was safe on a Matt McBride error at first base and Shane Victorino hit a soft two-out, sinking liner to Fowler in center.
Umpires originally ruled Fowler made a diving catch, but after a protest by Manager Don Mattingly, huddled and reversed the call, ruling he had trapped it. Replays indicated it did bounce into his glove.
The reversal did not sit well with Rockies Manager Jim Tracy, who vehemently protested and was ejected from the game. He still hung around and protested several more minutes, but when play resumed Mark Ellis flied out at the track in left.
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