The Dodgers fell under the spell of Aaron Cook Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, falling to the Rockies 3-1 in the series finale at Dodger Stadium. Cook pitched seven scoreless innings for his second win of the season, inducing 13 ground ball outs along the way. Meanwhile, Hiroki Kuroda gives us an illustration of why win-loss records aren't necessarily the best way to evaluate a pitcher.
Kuroda allowed one run in his six innings of work, but was hung with the loss. On the season, Kuroda has averaged 6 1/3 innings per start and has put up a perfectly fine 3.11 ERA. He has just 31 unintentional walks and 103 strikeouts. Yet, his record is a miserable 6-13.
Tonight was the last start for Kuroda before Sunday's trade deadline. He is the Dodgers' most coveted asset, though said asset is also human, and has feelings too. More importantly, this human has a no-trade clause and may choose to remain in Los Angeles for the remainder of the season. No matter where Kuroda pitches next, it would be nice if he gets some run support. At least more than the 25 runs the Dodgers have scored over the last 12 games, during which Kuroda is 1-10.
The Dodgers' lone run came off the bat of Rod Barajas, who hit a solo home run off closer Huston Street in the ninth inning. Barajas has eight hits in 12 at-bats off Street in his career, including a double and two home runs. The Dodgers are off on Thursday, and open a weekend home series against Arizona beginning Friday night.
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