Dodgers 4 Rockies 2: Pitching at Coors Field?
The Dodgers avoid the sweep behind a solid start from Kenta Maeda.
Through the first three innings of tonight’s game, you would have sworn it was setting up to be an unpredicted pitcher’s dual. Starters Kenta Maeda and Tyler Chatwood had combined to give up just three hits through the first three innings.
Then to start the fourth, a leadoff walk to Josh Reddick would help open up the scoring for the Dodgers. After advancing to third on a single by Adrian Gonzalez, Reddick would score two batters later on a single by Howie Kendrick. The Rockies did not stay behind for long, with David Dahl blasting a two-run shot to centerfield in the bottom half of the inning to give the Rockies their first lead of the game.
After Dahl’s home run in the fourth, another rookie decided to get in on the action. Dodger shortstop Corey Seager sent a ball into orbit, bringing the game back to a tie. The home run was Seager’s 19th of the season. Immediately following Seager was Justin Turner, who smacked his 24th double of the season. Gonzalez then added an infield single and then Yasmani Grandal did the rest, hitting a two-run triple to right field to once again give the Dodgers a lead.
After the fifth, the scoring kind of came to a halt. Maeda would leave the game in the sixth, posting a solid line. Pitching at Coors Field is no easy task, but Maeda did his part. In 5 2/3 innings, Maeda only gave up two runs on only four hits. The bullpen then did its part to secure the win for Maeda, going the rest of the way without allowing a run. Kenley Jansen gained his 32nd save of the year for the Dodgers, securing the 4-2 victory.
The Dodgers return to action tomorrow at home versus the Boston Red Sox. They are kicking off a three game series with the Red Sox and Scott Kazmir gets the ball tomorrow night at 7:10 PM. If you are heading out to Chavez Ravine tomorrow prepare to leave a little earlier. There will be a ceremony celebrating David Ortiz and his retirement before first pitch.