Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp tumbles to the warning track after slamming… (Barry Gutierrez / Associated…)
This post has been updated.
There was nothing about Tuesday night for the Dodgers to like.
Not another offensive fizzle, not another loss to the lowly Rockies, not slipping another game back of the Giants, and most definitely not watching Matt Kemp walk off the field after a jarring collision into the center-field wall.
The Dodgers’ reformatted offense continued to struggle against the worst pitching staff in baseball, falling 8-4 to the Rockies at Coors Field to fall 3½ games back in the National League West.
Kemp left the game in the bottom of the first inning after he ran full speed into the wall attempting to chase down a triple by Josh Rutledge. The wall was padded from about his chest down, though his face and left arm crashed against a chain-link fence above the wall.
The Dodgers said he suffered a bruised right knee, and took him for X-rays on his jaw. They said he was not suffering from any concussion-like symptoms. [UPDATED, 9:11 p.m. Aug. 28: Kemp was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on his knee and a CT scan on his jaw Tuesday night.]
Even with the recent addition of Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez to the middle of the order with Kemp and Andre Ethier, Kemp remains the Dodgers’ most exciting and overall talented player. He had previously given the Dodgers a scare Monday night when he ran into the wall.
After remaining on the warning track ground for several minutes, Kemp actually remained in the game for two more batters. But Colorado’s next hitter, Jordan Pacheco, looped a hit to shallow right-center.
Kemp ran and laid himself out, diving for the ball. He came up short, and when Wilin Rosario then singled, Kemp finally walked off the field.
The inning got a little worse when the Rockies went on to score four times in the first off Chris Capuano, who at no point Tuesday was sharp.
Capuano (11-10) went six innings, allowing six runs on 10 hits – including four doubles, a triple and home run. Plus, Juan Rivera probably deprived Pacheco of a home run in the third with a leaping catch at the top of the left-field wall.
Meanwhile, once again the Dodgers could do little with Colorado’s tag-team approach to pitching. Colorado entered the game with a 5.20 team ERA, easily the worst in baseball.
Ex-Angel Tyler Chatwood held the Dodgers to two runs in his five innings to pick up the victory and raise his record to 4-3. Three other Colorado pitchers combined with Chatwood to hold the Dodgers to seven hits.