08/27/2002 02:34 am ET
Dodgers lose game, Cora
Alex Cora is knocked unconscious
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Arizona Diamondbacks 6, Los Angeles Dodgers 3|
|a-Grounded out for Schilling in the 7th. b-Struck out for Colbrunn in the 8th. c-Struck out for Miller in the 9th. d-Doubled for Koplove in the 9th. e-Struck out for Fetters in the 11th.|
|2B: Colbrunn (11, Daal), Dellucci (7, Gagne).|
HR: Colbrunn (8, 6th inning off Daal, 1 on, 2 out).
RBI: Colbrunn 2 (22), Dellucci (24), Williams (18), Moeller (10).
2-out RBI: Colbrunn 2, Dellucci.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Schilling, Womack 3, Williams.
Team LOB: 13.
|SB: Williams (2, 2nd base off Daal/Lo Duca).|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|a-Struck out for Daal in the 6th. b-Batted for Gagne in the 9th. c-Grounded out for Cabrera in the 9th.|
|3B: Roberts (7, Schilling).|
HR: Cora (3, 4th inning off Schilling, 1 on, 1 out).
RBI: Lo Duca (53), Cora 2 (21).
SF: Lo Duca.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Karros 2, Grissom 2, Roberts 2, Lo Duca.
GIDP: Lo Duca.
Team LOB: 10.
|SB: Cora (5, 2nd base off Schilling/Miller).|
CS: Cora (2, 2nd base by Fetters/Moeller).
|E: Grudzielanek (7, throw).|
PB: Lo Duca (1).
Outfield assists: Grissom (Williams at home).
|Kim (W, 7-2)
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Orosco (H, 14)
|Quantrill (H, 29)
|Gagne (BS, 4)
|Mota (L, 1-2)
IBB: Miller (by Daal), Gonzalez (by Mota).
HBP: McCracken (by Mota), Spivey (by Mota).
Pitches-strikes: Schilling 94-61, Koplove 20-16, Fetters 34-21, Kim 33-21, Daal 97-52, Orosco 15-8, Quantrill 7-3, Gagne 33-22, Mota 80-45.
Ground outs-fly outs: Schilling 6-5, Koplove 3-0, Fetters 3-0, Kim 3-1, Daal 8-6, Orosco 1-0, Quantrill 1-0, Gagne 0-1, Mota 1-6.
Batters faced: Schilling 28, Koplove 6, Fetters 8, Kim 7, Daal 25, Orosco 3, Quantrill 2, Gagne 7, Mota 18.
Umpires: HP: Terry Craft. 1B: Bill Milller. 2B: Fieldin Culbreth. 3B: Bill Hohn.
Weather: 70 degrees, clear.
Wind: 8 mph, Out to LF.
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LOS ANGELES -- After watching in horror as Alex Cora was taken from the field
in an ambulance moments after Eric Gagne had blown a save, the Dodgers were
literally outlasted by the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks Monday night in 12
Cora suffered a concussion and was hospitalized for observation after he
collided with Arizona shortstop Tony Womack while being thrown out attempting to
steal second base in the bottom of the ninth inning. Cora had just walked in the
midst of a perfect game at the plate, including a two-run homer off Curt
Schilling and a pair of singles.
With pinch-hitter Jolbert Cabrera bunting through a Mike Fetters pitch, Cora
took off for second. As he dived head-first toward the base, his forehead struck
Womack's right knee. Cora initially reached for his head, then lay motionless on
his stomach, his face in the dirt.
After being tended to by medical personnel, his head was immobilized and he was
turned over onto a stabilization board, then lifted onto a gurney and placed in
an ambulance. He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital.
Cora's distraught wife, Nildamarie, made her way onto the field and was
intercepted by disabled reliever Giovanni Carrara, who restrained her attempts
to reach the ambulance and escorted her into the Dodger clubhouse.
Initial reports from team trainers had Cora suffering a concussion. He lost
consciousness momentarily, but could move his feet and hands and was aware of
Womack walked off his injury and remained in the game, which resumed after a
Three innings later, the Diamondbacks scored three runs in the third inning of
work by Guillermo Mota, promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas earlier in the day.
Mota (1-2), who had never pitched longer than three innings in a Major League
appearance, hit the wall in an 80-pitch marathon. Nonetheless, he finished the
12th, while Kazuhisa Ishii, who left Sunday's start after one inning, was
warming up in the bullpen.
The Diamondbacks broke a 3-3 with Matt Williams' bases-loaded single, then Mark
Grudzielanek bounced a throw past Paul Lo Duca for an error that allowed a
second run and Chad Moeller singled in another. Byung-Hyun Kim got the win for
It was a bitter loss in many ways for the Dodgers, who were one strike away from
ending their nine-decision losing streak against Curt Schilling when Gagne,
asked to get five outs, couldn't.
With two outs in the ninth and a 3-2 count, pinch-hitter David Dellucci drove a
fastball into the left-center gap for a double that scored Steve Finley, who had
Gagne made 33 pitches in his fourth blown save, but it was his second blown save
in the Dodgers' last two games against Arizona. His July 3 blown save in Phoenix
sent the Dodgers into a 4-13 tailspin.
Gagne was trying to protect a 3-2 lead and what would have been a win for former
Diamondback pitcher Omar Daal.
The Dodgers scored a run off Schilling in the first inning on Dave Roberts'
triple and a sacrifice fly by Paul Lo Duca. Cora added a two-run homer off
Schilling in the fourth inning, the third home run of the year for Cora, who had
struck out seven of the 12 times he faced Schilling going into the game.
But Arizona got close on Greg Colbrunn's two-out, two-run homer in the sixth,
then had the tying run thrown out at the plate when Marquis Grissom gunned down
Williams trying to score from second on a two-out single by Finley.
Ken Gurnick covers the Dodgers for MLB.com. This story was not subject to
the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.