This afternoon’s game brought us the grand return of Brandon McCarthy to Chavez Ravine. In addition to that, the Dodgers were hoping to pull off the victory and sweep the Rockies.
Will pick up the action in the second…
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Trayce Thompson went deep to center field for a solo home run. 1-0
Howie Kendrick HBP
Yasiel Puig walked.
Yasmani Grandal walked to load the bases with no out.
Up came McCarthy with huge chance to improve his lot.
Another walk! 2-0
With two out, Justin Turner got a base hit to center. He scored Puig, but third base coach, Chris Woodward made a ridiculous decision to send a lumbering catcher home. Grandal was thrown out by two miles.
4th inning Dodgers 3-0
McCarthy cruising. No real threats yet.
5th inning Dodgers 3-0
McCarthy struck out the side to make it 8 Ks total on 72 pitches. He was done.
6th inning Dodgers 3-0
Adam Liberatore in. Job done.
Offense quiet since the second.
7th inning Dodgers 3-0
Casey Fien in. Rockies home run. 3-1
Yasmani Grandal got the run back with a solo blast to CF. 4-1
8th inning Dodgers 4-1
Joe Blanton in. Job done.
Kenley Jansen vs Rockies
Carlos Gonzalez: Bloop fly ball that dropped in front of Puig. Catchable? Hmmm…
Suddenly about ten people ran on the field, some carrying black flags that seemed to read “Dodgers”. After the rhubarb, Arenado struck out. Twitter later reported it was some kind of “Free the Animals” protest.
Daniel Descalso: K
Dodgers win! 4-1
Corey Seager continued his hitting streak and is leading everyone in the majors with Sweet 16.
This was a great weekend series. As I mentioned last night, it was just what the doctor ordered for the Boys in Blue. The three starting pitchers over the series delivered 17 shut out innings and 26 strikeouts. Add in the bullpens’ work, and you get 38 Ks over the three games.
The offense found its home run power again, and that came from Grandal and Thompson, two guys who have been waiting and hoping to start hitting again with power.
The bullpen put in another good outing. They only gave up one run over the last four innings, and Jansen looked sharp in closing the game out.
Brandon McCarthy (W 1-0) went five innings with 2 hits, 1 walk, 8 Ks. ERA 0.00
Home runs: Thompson, Grandal
Team with RISP: 1 for 4