Dodgers-Rockies: Andre Ethier's Walk-Off Secures 4-2 Los Angeles Victory

Bleacher ReportSenior Analyst IJune 30, 2009

LOS ANGELES - JUNE 10:  Andre Ethier #16 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits an RBI single in the first inning against the San Diego Padres on June 10, 2009 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Andre Ethier hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers (49-28) a 4-2 victory over the visiting Colorado Rockies (40-36).

Ethier's blast was his 15th of the season, 14 of which have come at Dodger Stadium. Rockies reliever Joel Peralta (0-1) walked Casey Blake to begin the 13th, and Ethier followed that with the walk-off home run.

The Dodgers lead the majors with nine walk-off hits, four of which have come from Ethier’s bat.

Long before the 13th, Dodgers starter Randy Wolf worked out of a jam in the fourth inning when the Rockies had with runners at first and third with just one out. Former UCLA player Garrett Atkins then laced a line drive right at Dodgers third baseman Casey Blake.

Blake snagged the liner, and quickly dove toward third base to double-off Dexter Fowler and put an end to the threat.

Brad Hawpe singled to leadoff the fifth inning, and one out later, Ryan Spilborghs lifted a 2-0 offering from Wolf over the left centerfield wall. It was his sixth home run of the season and it broke a scoreless tie giving the Rockies a 2-0 lead.

After Juan Pierre started the game with a single, Rockies starter Ubaldo Jimenez retired 13 Dodger batters in a row until Matt Kemp got things going with a one-out single in the fifth. 

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He stole his 19th base of the season. Kemp should have been out if the Rockies had executed their defense properly.

The Rockies called for a pitch out when Kemp ran, but Jimenez fired the pitch low, which caused catcher Chris Ianetta to lean forward to secure the ball. The slight delay allowed Kemp to barely sneak in under the tag at second.

The stolen base also made Rockies manager Jim Tracy intentionally walk Russell Martin to bring up Randy Wolf.

Wolf put up his hand to call for time, but home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman didn't grant it. Jimenez was beginning his delivery as this happened and abruptly stopped because he thought time had been granted to Wolf.

Dreckman then correctly called Jimenez for a balk, which advanced Kemp to third base and Martin to second. A few pitches later, Wolf lined a single into right field, scoring both runners and tying the game at 2-2.

Both teams mounted scoring opportunities late in the game but were unable to score.

The Los Angeles bullpen worked seven innings of shutout baseball while striking out 13 Rockies batters. All seven innings were thrown by different relievers with James McDonald (2-1) finally recording the victory after Ethier’s home run in the bottom of the 13th.

           1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10    11    12    13    R    H    E
COL     0    0    0    0    2    0    0    0     0    0      0      0     0      2    6    0
LA       0    0    0     0   2    0     0    0    0    0      0      0     2      4    10   1

WP: McDonald (2-1)
LP: Peralta (0-1)

Notes from Monday night:
In Need of Help

In 2009, the Dodgers have scored 36 runs against the Rockies in the seventh inning or later.

In that same time period, the Rockies have scored just seven runs.

June 29, 1990: A Hitters’ Nightmare

On this date in 1990, Fernando Valenzuela tossed a no-hitter for the Dodgers with a 6-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Interestingly enough, one month later Joe Torre took over managing duties for the Cardinals.

Earlier that day, Dave Stewart threw a no-hitter for the Oakland A’s.

Birthday Wishes

A big happy birthday wish to Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt who turned 55 years young today. Rick has been the Dodgers pitching coach since 2006.

Under his tutelage, Rick has guided the Dodgers pitching staff to the best ERA in the majors with a 3.98 mark. The Toronto Blue Jays are second with a 4.00 ERA.