National League Game Summary - Colorado at Los Angeles|
(Sunday, September 29th)
Final Score: Colorado 2, Los Angeles 1
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers, down a run, loaded
the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Rex Brothers struck out Skip
Schumaker to send Colorado Rockies icon Todd Helton into retirement on a
Charlie Blackmon and Troy Tulowitzki both knocked in a run, helping Colorado
close out the regular season with Sunday's 2-1 win at Dodger Stadium.
Helton, who announced earlier this month that the 2013 campaign would be the
last in his 17-year career, went 1-for-4 with a walk in his final contest.
"The last at-bat, I got a little emotional, but other than that, it's Sept.
29th and I'm ready to go home," Helton said.
Jeff Francis (3-5) limited the NL West champion Dodgers to a run on three hits
and two walks over five innings.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-8) worked four innings for Los Angeles, which heads into the
playoffs having dropped four of its last five games.
The Dodgers (92-70) will play the Braves in the division series, beginning
Thursday in Atlanta. However, center fielder Matt Kemp will not be available
for the duration of the playoffs because of his troublesome ankle.
"To sum it up, if I keep playing on it, my ankle could break," Kemp said.
Brothers tight-roped the ninth inning, pitching out of a jam to record his
19th save. His outing began with a leadoff walk to Michael Young and he issued
another free pass following a one-out single by Mark Ellis. The left-hander
battled back to fan both Tim Federowicz and Schumaker to secure the win for
Ryu got off to a wobbly start as the first four batters reached base to open
the game. He did manage to limit the damage in the first inning to a
Tulowitzki RBI single.
Blackmon plated Charlie Culberson with a base hit in the fourth, but the
Dodgers halved their deficit an inning later on Schumaker's run-scoring
Colorado right fielder Michael Cuddyer won the NL batting title with a .331
average ... The Rockies won the season series against the Dodgers for the
first time since 2007 after going 10-9 ... Colorado was 4-for-14 with runners
in scoring position and left 12 men on base.
09/29 22:24:32 ET