The Dodgers can do no wrong right now. Everything they touch turns to gold. Balls are leaving the yard in record pace. Their pitching has been fantastic as every hurler dazzles on the mound. Every pitcher befuddles opposing batters. On offense balls are finding holes. On defense balls are finding their gloves like a moth to a flame. It’s like the reverse Midas touch.
Who knows how much longer this can last, but you have to remember that the Dodgers will eventually lose a game sometime soon. In the meantime the birds are signing, the sun is shining. Your food tastes better. Mornings are brighter. The air is crisper. You have a spring in your step that you might not have otherwise noticed. This is what happens when the Dodgers are on a roll. Hard to believe the Dodgers received devastating injury news before the game tonight.
Rockies 1 3 1
Dodgers 6 11 0
On a day when the Dodgers discovered that they’ve lost top pitching prospect Julio Urias for an entire year due to shoulder surgery and Corey Seager exited the game with hamstring cramps, they still won handily, beating the Rockies by a 6-1 score. This series was billed as a match-up of National League west titans with the Dodgers and Rockies battling for NL West supremacy. However this game ended like many of the Dodger’s games over the past several weeks with the Dodgers winning easily. The boys in blue have now won eight in a row and increased their lead in the NL West to 2.5 games over the Rockies and Snakes.
Alex Wood matched-up with left handed rookie Kyle Freeland. Earlier in the season the Dodgers couldn’t hit Freeland, but this is a different club than the one Freeland faced in the first month of the season. The Dodgers scored six runs on 11 hits and were 4 for 12 with runners in scoring position.
Justin Turner was 3 for 5 with an RBI double and a run scored. Cody Bellinger drove in two with a sacrifice fly and an RBI double. Yasiel Puig crushed another monster home run and backup catcher Austin Barnes tripled, scored a run and walked twice. Corey Seager was 2 for 2 before leaving the game with the hamstring problem.
Meanwhile on the mound, Alex Wood turned in another dominant performance. He was a little shaky in the first two innings but settled in to do just fine. Wood tossed six innings allowing just one earned run on three hits and struck out seven. He walked two and improves his record to 8-0 on the season while lowering his ERA to 1.86.
Mound opponent Freeland pitched six innings but allowed five earned runs on ten hits while walking three with three strikeouts. The Dodger pitching staff did not allow a single base runner for the final six innings of the game as Kenta Maeda, Brandon Morrow, and Sergio Romo all threw scoreless innings of relief.
The Dodgers scored once in the first, three times in the second and once more in the fourth and eighth frames. In the bottom of the first Seager singled to right and then advanced to second on an errant pick-off throw from Freeland. Turner’s ground ball single into left got Seager to third and then he scored on Bellinger’s sacrifice fly.
The Dodgers took a 4-0 lead in the second inning. After Barnes walked and Wood was unable to lay down a sacrifice bunt, Forsythe’s grounder moved him to second. Seager singles again and drives in Barnes to put the Dodgers up 2-0. Then Turner singles to right, and Bellinger doubles to deep center to score two more runs.
Wood battled some shakiness in the beginning of the game. Charlie Blackmon singled, and DJ LeMahieu walked. But Nolan Arenado grounded out softly, and Wood then struck out Mark Reynolds, and Ian Desmond to get out of the inning.
Colorado scored their only run of the game in the second inning when Trevor Story’s grounder bounces off of Forsythe, and after Raimel Tapia’s force out, Tom Murphy’s double into the left field corner scored Tapia to tie the game at 1-1. Franklin Gutierrez who was playing left field was unable to reach the ball and jogged as the ball rolled to the wall. Nice hustle Gutz.
Anyways, after that the Rockies only had one base runner throughout the rest of the game. The scary moment was when Seager singled in the second inning to score Barnes and came up lame as he took second on the throw home. He was immediately removed from the game and the initial diagnosis is a cramp. We’ll see if he’s on the disabled list by Sunday.
Puig’s home run came in the fourth inning and was measured at 432 feet. That’s his fourteenth homer of the season. The Dodgers now have the best record in the National League as they improve to 49-26 and are now 30-10 at Dodger Stadium. The series continues Saturday evening as Clayton Kershaw takes the mound for the Dodgers. The Rockies will send Tyler Chatwood to the hill as they look to snap a three-game losing streak.