In the final game of the Dodgers’ road trip the Rockies sent Jordan Lyles to the Coors Field mound. He’s a former first round draft pick, but has never beaten the Dodgers (0-3). The Boys in Blue brought Alex Wood, who seems to be 0 for everybody else.
This game had everything! Guys crashing into walls. Guys crashing into the stands. 4-run innings. 5-run innings! In short, it was typical for Coors Field. Here’s how it all played out.
Yasiel Puig walked. Adrian Gonzalez also walked, bringing up Yasmani Grandal.
Suddenly Lyles had thrown eight consecutive balls. He couldn’t buy a strike.
A four-pitch walk loaded the bases with two out for Howie Kendrick.
Would the inability to cash in bases loaded haunt the Dodgers later? Why not? It’s the twilight zone of ballparks known as Coors Field.
Joc Pederson on first.
Trayce Thompson with a Dodgers double.
Alex Wood got the RBI and Thompson ran himself into an out on the way to third.
An error by the Rockies kept the inning alive for Corey Seager. A walk to load the bases for Yasiel Puig.
Base hit, Puig! Two runs score!
Adrian Gonzalez traded an out for an RBI.
3rd inning Dodgers 4-1
Joc Pederson skied a massively high ball that took forever to decide whether it wanted to go out or not. It went out. 5-1
Lyles was done.
Corey Seager punched a triple! Score two more Dodger runs. 7-1
4th inning Dodgers 7-1
Trayce Thompson lost a high fly in LF. It dropped for a double and a Rockies RBI. 7-2
Alex Wood returned to old, bad habits. Too many pitches per batter, and not taking advantage of a strike zone that ran from very high to very low. He was at 73 pitches through only four innings
Another Rockies two-out base hit. Another RBI. 7-4
And then Puig happened!
Barnes took Alex Wood deep, but Yasiel leaped at the wall, caught it, and BOUNCED off the wall to the ground, saving the lead.
5th inning Dodgers 7-4
Can Alex Wood hang on for one more inning?
A 1,2,3 inning. Whew!
6th inning. Dodgers 7-4
Lead off walk. 92 pitches for Wood.
A wild pitch advanced the runner to second. E-3 moved him to third.
Wood was done. Pedro Baez in.
Squeeze bunt! Run scored and all the Rockies were safe. 7-5.
Yet another walk loaded the bases- with no out. Baez needed to bear down and find something to stop the bleeding. He did.
Strike out! One out.
Pop fly to Puig, who then dared the runner on third to go. Two out.
Up came the majors’ home run leader, Trevor Story, with the bases loaded. They went to full count. Baez popped him up to Puig. Fire out.
7th inning Dodgers 7-5
Southpaw Adam Liberatore in for the Dodgers.
Trayce Thompson made a diving, outstretched catch in LF to prevent a double with two on.
Liberatore got the final strike out on a borderline, outside pitch that left DJ LeMahieu literally hopping mad at the plate.
8th inning Dodgers 7-5
Chris Hatcher pitching for the Dodgers
Lead off double blasted high off the left field wall. A base hit scored the run. 7-6.
Puig took his eye off a grounder, and two Rockies scored on the error. They led 8-7.
And then the wheels really came off. When the smoke cleared, the Dodgers had squandered a 7-1 lead, the Rockies had scored five runs in the inning (9 unanswered in all), and led 10-7.
But don’t go anywhere.
9th inning Rockies 10-7
A-Gon led off with a single. Job done.
Yasmani Grandal popped one high off the first base side,and Carlos Gonzalez chased it into the stands.
He flew over the wall, taking out a little girl with his leg.
Despite claims of the Rockies and folks in the stands, a replay review showed there was no catch. Grandal ended up hitting into the force play at second.
Roberts let 0 for 4 Howie Kendrick bat. Kendrick paid the skipper back for his faith. Base hit!
Enrique Hernandez walked to load the bases.
Trayce Thompson hit a double play ball to short that was bobbled. That scored 2! Now Rockies 10-9.
A.J. Ellis with a pinch hit single to move Thompson to third.
Thompson scored on a wild pitch! Tie game! 10-10.
Chase Utley smashed an RBI, two out double to retake the lead! Dodgers 11-10
Another Dodgers double by Corey Seager brought insurance!
The Dodgers scoring stopped at 12-10.
Rockies vs Kenley Jansen
To add to the daffiness of the game, Jansen gifted the Rockies a four pitch, lead off walk.
Kenley quickly got back on track with a three-pitch strike out.
Deep fly out to Thompson in CF.
K for the win!
Whew!! What a battle.
The Dodgers won the wackiest game of the year (so far), won the series, and won the road trip. They now hold a two game lead over Arizona in the NL West.
Home cooking and the return of Don Mattingly to Dodger Stadium tomorrow! What a way to start a season.
Alex Wood went 5 innings, with 6 hits, 5 runs, 3 walks, 5 Ks and an ERA of 6.00
Kenley Jansen 9 for 9 in Saves. ERA 0.00
Home Run: Joc Pederson
Triple: Corey Seager
Doubles: Thompson, Puig, Utley, Seager