May 26, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Colorado Rockies second baseman Josh Rutledge (14) in the dugout between innings of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Rutledge robs Hanley Ramirez of extra bases (video)

Josh Rutledge of the Colorado Rockies has been hitting so well lately (he is hitting .448 in June) that they need to find ways to keep him in the lineup.  Tonight against the the Los Angeles Dodgers, they decided to give him his first major league start at third base.

Plays like this should help keep Rutledge and his hot bat in the lineup until the Rockies get Nolan Arenado back off of the disabled list.  Arenado has been out since May 23rd when he broke his finger sliding into second base.  He will be re-evaluated after the Rockies’ current road trip to try and set a timetable for his return.

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The Rockies like to use D.J. LeMahieu at second base for his defensive prowess, usually at the expense of Rutledge now that Troy Tulowitzki is back.

Rutledge’s great play to rob Hanley Ramirez was the second out of the third inning.  It was a good thing for the Rockies that it was.  The Dodgers scored five runs after Rutledge’s play.

Los Angeles now leads 7-0 through four innings.  Clayton Kershaw is well on his way to his seventh win of the season at the expense of the Rockies.

Colorado starter Jorge De La Rosa has given up seven runs on just four hits!

Tags: Clayton Kershaw Colorado Rockies Hanley Ramirez Josh Rutledge Los Angeles Dodgers

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