The Dodger bats continued their onslaught on Friday afternoon during their 10-6 win over the Rockies spoiling Colorado’s home opener at Coors Field. The Dodger bats bludgeoned opposing starter Tyler Anderson as the southpaw allowed six earned runs on nine hits over four innings taking the loss. The Dodgers scored ten runs on thirteen hits and smacked three more home runs (Cody Bellinger, Russell Martin, Max Muncy) en route to another victory. The boys in blue have now hit 21 home runs and improve to 6-2 on the young season.
The lineup looks locked in. The Dodgers scored one in the third, fourth and four runs in the fifth. They added one in the sixth and two more in the seventh. Max Muncy hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth to put the Dodgers ahead 2-1. Cody Bellinger continued his power barrage with a line drive three-run shot in the top of the sixth that put the Dodgers ahead 6-1. Catcher Russell Martin hit his first home run of the season and first home run as a Dodger since the 2010 season, a solo home run in the top of the sixth. Muncy tripled in two and even Maeda doubled during the Dodger’s hitting brigade.
Speaking of Maeda, he pitched well, but had to pitch in and out of trouble throughout the game. Maeda allowed one earned run on four hits over five innings but also walked four while striking out four. He earned his second win of the season and lowered his ERA to 3.09.
Dodgers 10 13 1
Rockies 6 10 1
It wasn’t all smiles, there were some tears later in the game as the backend of the bullpen struggled again. Dylan Floro tossed a scoreless sixth inning. But Brock Stewart, Yimi Garcia, and Joe Kelly gave up a bunch of runs again. Stewart who entered the game in the seventh, allowed three earned runs in just two-thirds of an inning. That included a two-run home run to Trevor Story. The Colorado shortstop hit two dingers today, adding a solo shot in the ninth inning off of Yimi Garcia.
Getting back to Kelly, he replaced Pedro Baez in the top of the ninth with the Dodgers leading 10-4. Charlie Blackmon’s line drive bounced off of his pitching arm. Kelly recorded the out, but left the game. X-rays were negative thankfully, but that’s the last thing poor Joe needs at this point after his pitching problems over the first week of the season. Yimi Garcia entered the game with one out in the ninth and continued his suckfest, allowing home runs to David Dahl and Story before finally striking out Ryan McMahon for the last out.
The series continues on Saturday night as Walker Buehler counters Jon Gray with first pitch scheduled for 5: 10 PM PST.