The fastball registered at 92 mph when it connected with
The possibility of injury loomed larger than insult in the Dodgers’ 4-3 loss to the
Turner picked himself up and trotted to first base. An X-ray on his hand was negative.
"It just hurts," Forsythe said. "I hope it's not [broken]. But I guess we'll get that news tomorrow."
It would be too generous to describe Rockies starter Kyle Freeland as "effectively wild" on Tuesday. He was wild, for sure, drilling Turner and Forsythe, and walking four batters. He was effective if only because he faced the Dodgers, one of the sport's least-proficient offenses against left-handed pitchers. He collected 12 outs, which created enough runway for the Rockies bullpen to hold the lead.
Losing for the third game in a row, the Dodgers succumbed to a familiar, bitter formula. The lineup stranded 12 runners. Turner delivered a run-scoring single in the ninth inning, but the hit only added to the tease: Yasiel Puig flied out to the warning track in the next at-bat. Yasmani Grandal cut the deficit to one run with a single. The game ended when
"He's still coming back," manager Dave Roberts said. "To expect him to be locked in right now might be a little unfair."
The previous three games had drained the Dodgers bullpen. The three starting pitchers combined for 12 innings. The team fell Monday in part because Roberts felt forced to use reliever
To break the cycle, Roberts turned to Ryu. In his first two starts, Ryu had failed to finish the fifth inning, a reality that gnawed at him. The first inning Tuesday would, too. Ryu gave up a leadoff double to outfielder
"That's his nitro zone," Roberts said.
Thus the Dodgers landed in an early deficit while facing a left-handed pitcher. Freeland had beaten the team once this season, stringing together six innings of one-run baseball April 7. And the lineup lost one of its better right-handed hitters after only one at-bat.
In the first inning, Freeland hit Forsythe in the right foot with a 90-mph fastball. Forsythe hobbled to first base and waved off the training staff. He wore a grimace as he played two more innings in the field.
Van Slyke took part in a would-be rally. He walked, which put two runners aboard with one out for
The hole expanded in the fourth inning. Shortstop
The offense managed to scrape together a run in the fourth inning. Enrique Hernadez led off with a walk. Gonzalez bounced a single over the head of first baseman
Arenado blunted the Dodgers' momentum in the fifth inning. Ryu paid for a mistake made in the previous inning. By hitting No. 8 hitter Dustin Garneau with two outs, Ryu turned over the Rockies lineup and allowed Arenado a third at-bat against him. Arenado did not miss. He made an 89-mph fastball disappear beyond the left-field fence.
The Dodgers rallied in the ninth inning. But the threat of a serious injury still hung over the club as the night end.
"It is significant," Roberts said. "As far as if there is some sort of fracture, and if he wakes up tomorrow, and doesn't feel any relief."