Dodgers starting pitcher Josh Beckett has made six starts this season without… (Mark J. Terrill / Associated…)
Not everything about that blockbuster trade with the Red Sox is going well for the Dodgers this season.
Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and even Nick Punto are all hitting. Trouble is, Josh Beckett is not pitching. At least not effectively.
Beckett made his sixth start of the season for the Dodgers on Wednesday, and for the sixth time was unable to win a game.
The Rockies knocked him around for five runs in four innings of work, Colorado going on to a 7-3 victory before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 32,842.
BOX SCORE: Rockies 7, Dodgers 3
Beckett is now 0-4 with a 5.24 earned-run average. He has pitched past the sixth inning in only one start, despite averaging 94 pitches an outing. That conversion from a power pitcher to wily veteran seems a work in progress.
Outside of a 1-2-3 third inning, everything Wednesday was a struggle for Beckett.
The Rockies jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. He wasn’t helped when Hanley Ramirez, making his second start of the season at shortstop, booted an Eric Young grounder for an error to open the game.
Dexter Fowler doubled Young to third and Beckett walked Carlos Gonzalez to load the bases. Troy Tulowitzki doubled in two runs and Michael Cuddyer’s sacrifice fly scored a third.
The Dodgers got two runs back in the bottom of the inning. Ramirez doubled off the wall -- he apparently thought it was out, standing at home to admire his shot for a few seconds before running -- and Gonzalez skied a two-run homer down the right-field line off Juan Nicasio.
Beckett pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning before a quick third. The Dodgers tied the score in the bottom of the inning after Punto and Ramirez opened with singles.
Gonzalez had a second home run stolen from him by Fowler, who jumped and caught Gonzalez's drive just over the center-field wall. A Nicasio wild pitch allowed Punto to score and tie it at 3-3.
But Beckett could not make it hold, surrendering two more runs in the fourth inning on doubles to Josh Rutledge and Carlos Gonzalez.
In his four innings, Beckett gave up the five runs on five hits and three walks, striking out six. He labored throughout, throwing 83 pitches.
He has only pitched particularly well once this season, holding the Diamondbacks to one run in 8 1/3 innings on April 14. Otherwise, it’s pretty much been a guy looking out of sync.
And on a team with four starters on the disabled list, that’s trouble.