The Rockies are playing terrible baseball right now. The Dodgers can certainly sympathize with their plight. However the Dodgers are now moving in the opposite direction. They’ve turned things around and have now won 13 of their last 17 games, including seven consecutive games on the road. The Dodgers overcame an early 4-0 deficit in the Sunday afternoon series finale to defeat the Rockies 10-7, sweeping the three game series.
The Rockies are a mess. Their bullpen is far worse than the Dodgers and is actually one of the worst in baseball. Even though the Dodgers made two costly errors, the Rockie’s bullpen gave up four runs (three earned) in the latter part of the game. The Dodgers scored 33 runs in the three game series and had six of their 11 hits today for extra bases, three of which were home runs.
Max Muncy smashed two home runs; his second home run in the top of the third with the boys in blue down 4-1 was a momentum shifter. Yasmani Grandal also hit one out, his ninth of the season in the top of the ninth. That put the game in comfortable mode for the Dodgers.
Dodgers 10 11 2
Rockies 7 8 1
The Dodgers had to rally because starting pitcher Alex Wood was horrible. Wood gave up four runs in the top of the first inning and lasted only two frames. He allowed six earned runs on five hits and walked three. Needless to say it was not impressive.
The Rockies connected for a flurry of hits in that bottom of the first inning. Consecutive singles from DJ LeMahieu, Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado plated the first run for Colorado. A Trevor Story sacrifice fly, and a two-run home run from Ian Desmond put the Dodgers in a huge hole just minutes after the national anthem.
But this is Coors Field, and Chad Bettis Colorado starter was not able to hold the lead. In the top of the second Muncy connected for his first of two home runs to cut the lead to 4-1. But Wood would allow two more runs to the Rockies in the bottom of the second. Three walks, a single, and a Story hit by pitch would force in two additional Colorado runs to make the score 6-1.
The third inning would prove pivotal for both clubs. With Chris Taylor and Matt Kemp aboard, Muncy worked an 11-pitch at-bat before crushing a Bettis meatball deep into the right field seats to get the Dodgers closer. The score was now 6-4 Colorado.
The game remained that way for a little while. The Dodgers got out of a jam in the bottom of the fifth. Trevor Story doubled off of Yimi Garcia to lead off the inning. The Dodgers however got a force out, a ground out to the box, and then Josh Fields picked off Desmond at second base to end the inning. Great play!
The sixth inning played out like a trail of tears for Colorado. There were hits, a costly error and a bunch of pitching changes. The Dodgers walked back to the field with the lead. They would score three runs with two outs. Yasiel Puig doubled off the wall in right. After another pitching change and an Enrique Hernandez walk, Logan Forsythe’s RBI single put the Dodgers within one run. After Logan stole second, pinch-hitter Breyvic Valera reached on a throwing error from Story. The play should have ended the inning. Story fielded the high chopper and threw low, but Desmond was unable to pick it with the ball bouncing past first base. It was a two-run error and the Dodgers suddenly had a 7-6 lead.
Forsythe would feature prominently in the next inning for the wrong reasons. Brock Stewart had entered the game in the sixth inning and was pitching well. But with one out in the bottom of the seventh Arenado would single. Then Stewart’s errant pick-off throw would advance Arenado to third. Stewart had struck out Blackmon and Story (on a called third strike), but Logan totally flubbed Desmond’s routine grounder for an error. That should have been the third out, but instead the game was tied.
The game stayed tied until the top of the ninth when the inevitable would happen. The Colorado bullpen is a tire fire right now and the Dodgers took advantage by scoring three more to put the game away. With Wade Davis on the mound Logan doubles to lead-off, atoning for his error the previous inning. After Cody Bellinger struck out (he’s really struggling), Taylor would work a walk. The next sequence of events were odd.
Colorado backstop Chris Iannetta had to be removed from the game because of injury. He took a foul ball off the knee. Then Davis uncorked a wild pitch that moved Taylor to second. With the infield up and Logan running on contact, Justin Turner’s dribbler would score Forsythe and give the Dodgers an 8-7 lead. Then Grandal would bomb one over the center field wall to put the Dodgers ahead 10-7. Kenley Jansen would pitch a 123 bottom of the ninth to secure the win. Dodgers sweep!
The Dodgers have now inched to just a game below .500 at 29-30. They’re only 2.5 games out of first place, and have a winning record on the road. Go figure. Baseball is a trip. The Dodgers will take Monday off while they travel to Pittsburgh for a three game series. Ross Stripling will open the series on Tuesday evening. The Pirates will counter with Joe Musgrove.