The Dodgers disappointed mothers everywhere with a pathetic 9-6 loss to the Rockies in Denver in Sunday’s series finale. They’ll leave town with a series split and stuck in second place. The loss comes as no shock as starter Julio Urias was terrible and the Dodgers screwed themselves out of several runs in the first inning with an ill advised bunt play which led to two Dodger base runners getting thrown out at third.
Urias was not his usual stingy self today allowing six earned runs on seven hits across 4 innings and striking out just one. Colorado starter rookie Antonio Senzatela wasn’t sharp either, but was good enough to get the win. The hard throwing youngster tossed five innings and allowed four earned runs on seven hits and struck out 5. He improves to 6-1 on the season and is a big part of the reason why the Rockies are in first place right now.
Dodgers 6 12 0
Rockies 9 13 0
The Dodgers were forced to use the dredges of the bullpen when Urias couldn’t get past the fifth frame. The dredges meant the awful Sergio Romo and Chris Hatcher. Romo allowed a fifth inning home run to Nolan Arenado and Hatcher served up an eighth inning shot to Pat Valaika. You know you’re going to lose when you have to bring in Romo in the fifth inning. Valaika hit two home runs in the game, and scored nine runs on 13 hits. Colorado used four extra-base hits and three dingers to drown the Dodgers.
The Dodger bats did all they could, scoring in each of the first three innings. The Dodgers were 3 for 13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base squandering a lot of opportunities. The Dodgers hit two home runs (Seager and Puig) and took advantage of six walks from the Colorado pitching staff.
The first inning saw the Dodgers with a chance to take a huge early lead, but an unwise bunting attempt and poor base running ran the Dodgers out of the inning. The Dodgers still got a two-run shot from Corey Seager, and singles from Justin Turner and Grandal to put runners at second and third. For whatever reason, Dave Roberts has turned into Don Mattingly. He’s been constantly bunting this week. Of the four times Roberts has used this strategy only once (Alex Wood’s squeeze) has it worked. Check out the play below and all the stupid with it.
Despite the poor pitching the game was back and forth with the Dodgers tying the score in the second inning and taking a 4-3 lead in the top of the third. Turner, Cody Bellinger, and Yasiel Puig each had two hits each. Puig hit his seventh home run of the season in the third. Yasmani Grandal went 3 for 4 with a walk and an RBI. The switch-hitting catcher is now hitting .292.
Unfortunately the Rockies scored twice in the fourth, and fifth innings to take a 7-4 lead. The Dodgers scored twice in the top of the eighth inning to close the gap to 7-6. However Valaika’s second home run of the game in the bottom of the eighth put the nail in the coffin for the Dodgers. It gave the Rockies a 9-6 advantage.
With Brandon McCarthy and Rich Hill due to come off the disabled list the Dodgers will head to San Francisco for a three game series against the last place Giants. McCarthy is scheduled to take on Matt Cain in the series opener on Monday night at 7:15 PM.
Cody Bellinger watch: The kid was 2 for 4 with a double, single, and a run batted in. He walked and struck out twice. Batting average .319.
Turner makes another fantastic play at third base: