The Dodgers overcame a one-run deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning by hitting two home runs during their 5-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday evening at Dodger Stadium. The win evens the series and moves the Dodgers to within 4.5 games of first place in a wacky National League West. Despite the Dodgers still being 6 games under .500. The boys in blue now have a 9-14 record at Chavez Ravine.
We all know chicks dig the long ball, but the Dodgers used some small ball to score two runs in the bottom of the first against opposing starter Chad Bettis. Justin Turner’s ground-rule double and Matt Kemp’s RBI single plated the first Dodger run. Then Cody Bellinger’s double to right and a walk to Chris Taylor loaded the bases as Bettis lost his control. Yasiel Puig’s bases loaded walk forced in the second run and the Dodgers had a 2-0 lead. The Dodgers had Bettis on the ropes, but couldn’t give him the knock-out blow. Bettis got out of the first inning and then didn’t give up anything the rest of his start. Bettis allowed the two earned runs on just three hits and struck out four over five frames. He walked three and made 89 pitches.
Rockies 3 7 0
Dodgers 5 6 1
Of course the Rockies stormed back against Brock Stewart. The Dodgers who have three of their five starters on the disabled list had to turn to Stewart for the spot start. Although for the record Clayton Kershaw is reportedly very close to returning and could be back as soon as this weekend. Anyways, I still don’t understand why they even bothered to start Stewart since he made just 63 pitches, and tossed just four innings. The Rockies scored one run in the second on a solo home run from Ian Desmond and scored another run in the third. Three consecutive singles from Charlie Blackmon, Gerardo Parra, and Nolan Arenado tied the score at 2-2.
The game remained tied until the top of the sixth when sloppy defense gave Colorado a gift run. With JT Chargois on the mound, Trevor Story walked, stole second and then advanced to third on a passed ball from Yasmani Grandal. Desmond’s ground ball single to right scores Story and gave Colorado a 3-2 lead. That’s Desmond’s second run driven in.
The Dodgers roared back in the bottom of the sixth. With Bettis out of the game, and Bryan Shaw in, Matt Kemp singled to get the party started. Taylor followed with a massive bomb into the left field pavilions to put the Dodgers on top 4-3. Yasiel Puig followed suit with a solo dong of his own and the Dodgers were now up 5-3. But could the bullpen hold this lead?
They sure did. Tony Cingrani pitched a 123 top of the seventh, and Josh Fields also tossed a scoreless inning as well. The Dodgers turned the ball over to Kenley Jansen in the top of the ninth and he delivered. Despite allowing a one-out double to Chris Iannetta he was able to get David Dahl to ground out and then struck out Pat Valaika to end the game. Dodgers win 5-3!!!