And to think Oscar thought the Dodgers may never score again. I had some of this recap all written up and ready to go when the Dodgers were losing 8-2. I had accepted the fact that the Dodgers were going to be swept by the Rockies and see their lead in the NL West dwindle to a half game. Andrew Toles sure had other ideas. The Dodgers rallied from 6 runs down to score 8 runs in the final two innings. The late game rally was highlighted by Toles’ grand slam with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to give the Dodgers a 10-8 win.
This was what I had written before the late rallies in the eighth and ninth innings…..Rewrite!
I want to congratulate the Los Angeles Dodgers for successfully flushing whatever momentum they had from the last home stand right down the toilet. The Dodgers had just taken four out of six games from the Cubs and Giants on the previous home stand and travelled to Denver with a 2 game lead in the NL West. That lead is now down to a half game after they were pathetically swept by the Rockies. After they lost the first game of the doubleheader 7-0, they dropped the nightcap by an 8-5 score.
The Dodgers lost the second game much like they have lost many of the games they’ve lost this season, in the first inning.
Shortly before the game scheduled starter Rich Hill was scratched because the club was scared his blisters would get worse in the thin Denver air. Honestly I have no idea if blisters get worse in the rocky mountain altitude. I’m not a blister expert.
So they started right hander Bud Norris instead. That pretty much seemed like it doomed them to a loss before the game started. Norris’s long and established failures pitching at Coors Field is well known. He didn’t disappoint Rockies’ fans as he allowed 5 earned runs in the first inning, including a grand slam home run to unknown minor leaguer Stephen Cardullo.
Dodgers 10 10 2
Rockies 8 12 1
The game was actually book ended by grand slams. The Dodgers thankfully hit the one at the end. They couldn’t do much of anything off of rookie Jeff Hoffman. He allowed just two earned runs on three hits over 5 innings of work. Norris allowed 6 runs (five earned) on 6 hits over 3 innings.
With Jake McGee on the mound and one out in the eighth inning Adrian Gonzalez started the rally with a double. Yasmani Grandal’s double scored him to cut the lead to 8-3 and the Dodgers were off to the races. Josh Reddick walked, and Joc Pederson’s single brought home another run. Pinch-hitter Howie Kendrick’s sacrifice fly scored another run and the Dodgers were down 8-5 going into the ninth inning.
In the top of the ninth, Adam Ottavino began the inning by walking Corey Seager. After Turner whiffed, Gonzo lined out to short and the Dodgers were down to their last out. Then magic…..Grandal singles Seager to third. Reddick singles up the middle to finally drive in his first run as a Dodger. Pederson walked which set the stage for Toles.
And there you have it. Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to record his 40th save of the season. Dodgers win 10-8!
If you have any doubts about this Dodger club, leave them at the door now. Sure they have problems, but this team is capable of magical moments. What a day for Andrew Toles! He goes 3 for 5 with 5 runs driven in and a grand slam. Do we need any further proof that he should be playing every day? I don’t think so.
The Dodgers are now 74-59 and increase their lead to 1.5 games over the Giants in the NL West. The Dodgers have a scheduled off day on Thursday and then begin a 6-game home stand on Friday against San Diego and Arizona. Julio Urias will get the ball against left hander Clayton Richard. Let’s hope the Dodgers put out a good lineup this time around.
News flash Dodgers, Kike Hernandez and Charlie Culberson can’t hit anybody! Lefties, righties, middlies, they couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat. Toles is a superior player right now and the Dodgers need to play the hot hands. We’re in a playoff race for goodness sakes. Anyways, enjoy the win tonight guys.