At this point it is very possible the Dodgers can’t lose. The Dodgers may never lose again. The heat was scorching at Dodger Stadium during the series finale against Colorado. The only thing hotter than the brutal summer warmth was the Dodger bats. The Dodgers are so hot right now they were able to score not one, not two, but five runs on wild pitches. On Sunday afternoon the Dodgers overcame a 5-0 deficit and plated eight runs in the final two innings of the game to defeat the Rockies 12-6. The Dodgers have won ten straight games on three consecutive series sweeps. They have a 2.5 game lead in the NL West and now lead the Rockies by 4.5 games.
I’m almost at a loss for words because I had thought I had seen everything. It was a meltdown for the ages from the Rockies never before seen by anyone. At least I’ve never seen anything like it. The Dodgers were down by 5 runs in the third inning and I had accepted that they weren’t going to win. I mean they can’t win every game….right? Brandon McCarthy turned in a stinker allowing five runs on four hits across three innings of work. McCarthy uncorked three wild pitches himself all coming in the second inning. With the score 5-0, the Dodgers immediately rallied back to score four in the bottom half of the third inning to close the gap to 5-4.
Rockies 6 8 0
Dodgers 12 13 2
Eight of the Dodger’s 12 hits were for extra bases. That included five doubles and three home runs. Cody Bellinger hit two more blasts, and even Kenley Jansen drove in a run with a double. The game had everything and it’s probably best that I use video highlights to guide you through this incredible battle. Let’s pick up in the second frame as the Rockies scored three runs to take an early lead.
In the top of the second Mark Reynolds walked. Then McCarthy uncorked two wild pitches in a row to send Reynolds to third. Raimel Tapia walked. Another wild pitch scored Reynolds and sent Tapia to second. Ian Desmond stole second as Yasmani Grandal’s errant throw allowed Tapia to score and the Rockies were up 2-0. Tony Wolter’s single scored the third run to put the Rockies up 3-0.
In the third inning DJ LeMahieu singled and Nolan Arenado’s grounder to short went right through Kike Hernandez’s legs. Reynolds singled and Tapia’s ground ball force play scored the fifth run. The Rockies were up 5-0.
Opposing starter Tyler Anderson has struggled all season and today he was fine until the bottom of the fourth when he suddenly lost it. Chris Taylor drew a one-out walk. Then a wild pitch from Anderson advanced Taylor to second. Then Kike homers into the right field pavilions and the Dodgers cut the lead to 5-2. Turner doubles and Cody Bellinger hit the first of his two home runs on the afternoon to cut the score to 5-4. Anderson then had to come out with an injury. He was replaced by Jordan Lyles, but the Dodgers were not able to score again until the bottom of the seventh inning.
For a while the score remained the same as the game plodded along through the middle frames. Ross Stripling allowed a run (Ian Desmond RBI single) in the fifth and the Rockies were up 6-4. The seventh inning is where everything fell apart for the Rockies.
Jake McGee started the inning by striking out Kike. Then Turner singled to left. After Bellinger lined out, Forsythe doubled down the left field line to send Turner to third. The Rockies make a double switch bringing in pitcher Adam Ottavino and shortstop Trevor Story. Barnes walked to load the bases. With Yasmani Grandal at the plate Ottavino is unable to find the strike zone and tosses wild pitch number one. Turner scores and the Dodgers are down by just one with the score 6-5. Ottavino does it again immediately throwing another wild pitch. This one scores two runs as the Dodgers take a 7-6 lead. The Dodgers were not done yet.
In the bottom of the eighth they would score five more. Joc doubled, and Taylor walked. With one out, Ottavino throws his third wild pitch of the game as Joc comes around to score. The Dodgers lead 8-6. Taylor steals third but Kike whiffs. Then another wild pitch allows Turner to score to make the Dodger lead 9-6. Turner would walk then Bellinger crushes his second home run of the game to put the Dodgers ahead 11-6. This is unbelievable. Forsythe would single and the Dodgers reach the pitcher’s spot in the order so Kenley Jansen, (who was brought in with one out in the top half of the eighth inning) is forced to bat. He doubles into the gap in center to score Forsythe and the Dodgers lead 12-6.
The only downside was that Kenley’s walk streak came to an end as he walked his first batter of the season in the top of the ninth inning. The free pass was given to Arenado with one out in the ninth inning. But Kenley strikes out Reynolds and gets Tapia to softly line out to end the game. Dodgers win again!
This game was the definition of insanity. Bellinger went 3 for 5 with four runs driven in. He now has hit 24 home runs which leads the National League. Joc was 3 for 4 and Justin Turner had two hits, two walks and scored three times. Taylor drew three walks and scored twice. He also stole two bases. The Dodgers drew seven walks. All total there were eight wild pitches in the game, four from Ottavino. Kenley Pitched 1.2 striking out two, walking one and picking up his seventeenth save of the season. He also drove in a run with an RBI double. His ERA is now 0.83.
Desmond had three hits in the game for the Rockies and Reynolds drew three walks. Colorado was 5 for 13 with runners in scoring position. The Dodgers were 3 for 9 in such situations. The Dodgers made two errors but also threw out a runner at the plate.
The Dodgers will finish the home stand with two games against the Angels to begin the four game Freeway series. Former Dodger Ricky Nolasco will counter Rich Hill as the Dodgers look to win their eleventh consecutive game for the first time since the sod squad of 1993.