Five days into the season, the Dodgers have already been shut out twice.
A year ago, they were blanked a majors-worst 17 times and were held to three runs or less 54 times. Of course, the World Champion Giants were shut out 16 times last year for the second-most total.
Clayton Kershaw gave up two home runs, something he did just twice last year, but both were solo shots. He allowed three runs in six innings, struck out eight and his only walk was intentional. That's often enough to win, especially at Coors Field, but it doesn't matter when the Dodgers are held to just five hits in a 3-0 loss to the Rockies.
The Dodgers had five base-runners in the first three innings against Jhoulys Chacin, but one was erased on a double play and the other four came with two outs.
The leadoff batter reached in the fifth and sixth innings, but neither scored. Rockies pitchers retired the final 12 batters of the game.
Manager Don Mattingly admitted his biggest concern was the lack of on-base percentage hitters in the Dodgers lineup. That was evident for the first time Tuesday as there weren't many scoring opportunities.
Give credit to Chacin, blame the windy conditions, and don't forget about third baseman Ty Wigginton, who made three good plays that took away hits and changed the complexion of the game.
Still, this was the Dodgers' biggest fear. They get good enough pitching to win, but can't get enough runs. It could be like this all year.
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