|Colorado (16-12) «||4||0||0||0||1||0||2||0||0||7||7||1|
|L.A. Dodgers (11-18)||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||1||6||11||2|
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Jon Garland gave the Rockies every reason to believe they made a smart decision when they signed him.
The veteran right-hander tossed six impressive innings in his Colorado debut and Michael Cuddyer hit a grand slam that sent the Rockies to a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.
Garland signed a major league contract with Colorado on Sunday after he was let go by the Seattle Mariners despite a solid spring. He was immediately inserted into the Rockies' rotation as their fifth starter and he did nothing against Los Angeles to make them question the move.
Garland allowed one run and five hits with one walk and a strikeout. He threw 72 pitches, 48 for strikes.
"I used all of my pitches well, but my sinker was really working," said Garland, who missed last season following right shoulder surgery. "I used it on two double-play grounders."
Dodgers starter Aaron Harang, struggling to see through a new pair of glasses, walked his first three batters before Cuddyer launched a drive to right-center.
"It was the reflection of the lights off of these sport glasses," said Harang, who said he pitched for the first time while wearing prescription lenses. "I was getting dizzy out there. The batters were moving. I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone."
Harang tossed his glasses off the field after walking the second Colorado batter, Reid Brignac. But that was a changeup that didn't work, either. Harang then walked Carlos Gonzalez before Cuddyer connected.
"I've never seen anything like that happen before," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Harang regrouped in the dugout before going back out to the mound in the second inning. The blur was gone, and he could see the hitters clearly. Through the next 4 1-3 innings, he allowed one run and three hits. He also had five strikeouts.
What remains to be seen is where Harang will be on opening day.
It appears Harang, Ted Lilly and Chis Capuano will be left out of a starting rotation that eventually will include Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Josh Beckett, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Chad Billingsley. Harang, Lilly and Capuano could wind up in the bullpen, or with another team through a trade.
"I'm not even going to try to figure it out," Harang said. "It's all still uncertain."
Andre Ethier tripled off the left-center wall against Garland in the second inning and scored on Juan Uribe's grounder. Ethier said he felt some mild tightness in his right hamstring.
"No issue. No issue at all," he said after his third triple in spring training. "I just wanted to make sure I got into opening day feeling good. We're ready to go. I think we've shown some offense here, especially over the last few days."
NOTES: Call it March Madness: Mattingly was ready for a question asked in jest about the Dodgers' decision to cut spring sensation Yasiel Puig, who was optioned to Double-A Chattanooga on Tuesday. "I'm not the high school coach who cut Michael Jordan," Mattingly said. "I'm going to be the Dean Smith who enhanced his development." ... The 1988 World Series trophy sat on a table in the clubhouse at Camelback Ranch. It was one of many items ready to be packed up for the trip back to Los Angeles, but none as symbolic of what many expect of the 2013 Dodgers. ... Kershaw, the opening day starter next Monday against San Francisco at Dodger Stadium, is scheduled to pitch in the Cactus League finale Wednesday against Seattle and Felix Hernandez in Peoria.
|Players of the Game|
|Eric Young Jr., CF||3||2||1||0||1||1||1||.340|
|Charlie Blackmon, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.407|
|Reid Brignac, 2B||4||2||1||0||1||0||2||.286|
|Carlos Gonzalez, LF||3||1||2||2||1||0||2||.278|
|Jordan Pacheco, 1B||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.415|
|Michael Cuddyer, 1B||3||1||1||4||1||1||1||.304|
|Rafael Betancourt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Manny Corpas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Logan Kensing, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Chris Nelson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.267|
|Chris Volstad, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Tyler Colvin, RF||4||0||0||1||1||2||1||.174|
|Nolan Arenado, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||2||4||.288|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||2||0||0||0||1||0||0||.182|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Jonathan Herrera, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.310|
|DJ LeMahieu, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.231|
|Jon Garland, P||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.500|
|b- Hernan Iribarren, PH-LF||1||1||0||0||1||0||1||.000|
|a-lined out for Kensing in the 9th|
|b-walked for Garland in the 7th|
|2B - Eric Young Jr. (2, Harang), Jordan Pacheco (2, Moylan)|
|HR - Michael Cuddyer (2, Harang)|
|RBI - Carlos Gonzalez 2 (12), Michael Cuddyer 4 (9), Tyler Colvin (1)|
|SB - Eric Young Jr. (2, 2nd base off Harang/Ellis)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Herrera-Brignac-Cuddyer, Garland-LeMahieu-Cuddyer|
|E - DJ LeMahieu (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Jon Garland (W,2-0)||6||5||1||1||1||1||0||2.00|
|Rafael Betancourt (H,2)||1||1||1||0||0||3||0||9.64|
|Manny Corpas (H,5)||0.2||3||3||3||1||1||1||7.04|
|Logan Kensing (H,6)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.86|
|Chris Volstad (S,1)||1||2||1||1||0||0||0||2.45|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 27-23, Rafael Betancourt 11-11, Manny Corpas 16-9, Logan Kensing 3-3, Chris Volstad 5-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 11-4, Rafael Betancourt 1-0, Chris Volstad 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Jon Garland 22, Rafael Betancourt 5, Manny Corpas 6, Logan Kensing 1, Chris Volstad 5|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Carl Crawford, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.348|
|Alfredo Amezaga, LF||2||1||2||1||0||0||0||.275|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.283|
|Skip Schumaker, 2B||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.255|
|Matt Kemp, CF||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.186|
|Elian Herrera, CF||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.298|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.250|
|Tim Federowicz, C||1||1||1||3||0||0||0||.229|
|Andre Ethier, RF||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.348|
|Alex Castellanos, RF||2||0||0||0||1||1||0||.217|
|Luis Cruz, SS||3||1||0||0||0||0||1||.280|
|Chris Jacobs, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Juan Uribe, 3B||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||.333|
|Nick Punto, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.212|
|A.J. Ellis, C||3||0||2||1||0||0||0||.359|
|Josh Wall, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Peter Moylan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Matt Angle, PH||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Aaron Harang, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.333|
|Kevin Gregg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Paco Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Corey Seager, PH-SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.200|
|a-doubled for Moylan in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Rodriguez in the 7th|
|2B - Alfredo Amezaga (1, Volstad), A.J. Ellis (3, Betancourt), Matt Angle (2, Volstad)|
|3B - Andre Ethier (3, Garland)|
|HR - Tim Federowicz (1, Corpas)|
|RBI - Alfredo Amezaga (5), Tim Federowicz 3 (5), Juan Uribe (7), A.J. Ellis (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - A.J. Ellis (2)|
|SB - Alex Castellanos (2, 2nd base off Corpas/Torrealba)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Schumaker-Gonzalez-L. Cruz-Gregg|
|E - Carl Crawford (1, Dropped line drive), Elian Herrera (2, Dropped fly)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Aaron Harang (L,1-2)||5.1||4||5||5||4||5||1||8.20|
|IBB - Cuddyer by Paco Rodriguez, Colvin by Peter Moylan|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 50-33, Kevin Gregg 1-1, Paco Rodriguez 17-9, Josh Wall 4-4, Peter Moylan 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 7-5, Kevin Gregg 1-0, Paco Rodriguez 1-0, Josh Wall 2-2, Peter Moylan 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 25, Kevin Gregg 1, Paco Rodriguez 7, Josh Wall 4, Peter Moylan 5|
|Attendance - 10557|
|Game Time - 3:08|
|Temperature - 82|
|Umpires - Home - Hal Gibson, First Base - John Tumpane, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Clint Fagan|