The Dodgers went to bed last night feeling pretty good about themselves after taking two of three games from Atlanta. They will go to bed tonight feeling quite differently. Scott Kazmir came into Coors Field with a personal mission of pushing beyond the fourth inning demon that has been stopping him. He managed to go five innings, but it’s going to take a lot more than that to win in Colorado.
The starting pitcher can’t give up four fast runs, relief pitchers can’t walk batters to start an inning, or keep giving up two-out RBI’s, and the bats will have to do better than 3 for 7 with RISP.
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The Dodgers came out of the gate strong as Chase Utley smashed a lead off double. Then Corey Seager cracked the seal on the Coors Field launching pad. He got a hold of one of those low ones that lefties with power love. Corey swung low and the ball flew high in the light Colorado air. The score was 2-0 before the seats were warm.
And then Adrian Gonzalez stepped in.
He got one right in his wheelhouse – KABOOM!! Carlos Gonzalez didn’t even move. He just cranked his neck to watch Gonzo’s missile fly over him and into the upper deck.
2nd inning Dodgers 3-0
The Rockies got one back.
4th inning Dodgers 3-1
Nolan Arenado took Kazmir deep to left field on a solo home run. Dodgers 3-2.
Ryan Raburn then crushed a two-run home run to take the lead, 4-3, over the Dodgers.
5th inning Rockies 4-3
Bases loaded and two out for The Butter and Eggs Man.
Base hit, two run single! The Dodgers retake the lead, 5-4.
Trevor Story thought he hit a triple high off the right field wall. However, Yasiel Puig – who had earlier been denied trying to throw someone out at third – had something to say about that. Puig played it off the bounce, and from 350 feet, gunned Story down at third base, beating him by half a foot! It was a magnificent play!
Bulldog Orel Hershiser, “Story did not expect that ending.”
At this point the Dodgers were looking pretty good. They were in a typical Coors Field scoring extravaganza, with multiple home runs from both teams, but they had the lead, the Puig play had stopped the Rockies cold, and the boys had momentum on their side.
6th inning Dodgers 5-4
Pedro Baez, coming off getting beaned by an errant throw in the bullpen yesterday, came in to replace Kazmir.
Baez got three straight ground outs to extend the bulllpen’s scoreless streak to 27 1/3 innings.
7th inning Dodgers 5-4
Yimi Garcia in to protect the lead for the Dodgers.
Garcia could not find the strike zone and walked the lead off batter, whom the Rockies quickly cashed in to tie the game at 5-5.
With two out Yimi stopped pitching mid-batter, and motioned to the dugout for help. He then came out of the game, apparently with some type of arm injury. In came Adam Liberatore, who shut the door tight with a final out, strike out.
8th inning Score tied at 5.
Chris Hatcher in.
The dreaded two out, two on bug bit again! Brandon Barnes took Hatcher’s mistake pitch all the way to the CF wall with a base-clearing triple. Rockies 7-5
Hatcher out – Luis Avilan in to get the third out for the Dodgers.
9th inning Rockies 7-5
Jake McGee in for the Rockies. A lefty with a big fastball in to face Trayce Thompson, Chase Utley and Corey Seager.
Thompson – K
Utley – Fly out left field
Seager – First pitch grounder to first. 3-u
Just as they did in Atlanta, the boys dropped the first game of this series. Tomorrow Kenta Maeda, a legitimate top of the order pitcher, will pitch for his first time in the thin Colorado air. Stay tuned, folks.
Scott Kazmir went 5 innings and gave up 6 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, 1K, and 2 home runs. 6.63
Home runs: Seager, Gonzalez