Call it either the curse of the Colorado Rockies, or the luck of Brett Anderson pitching in games involving rain this season. For the consecutive start, Anderson’s outing was cut-short because of rain. However, Los Angeles wouldn’t come away victorious this time despite getting some much-needed rainfall in the process.
On Thursday, the Dodgers and Rockies played 5 1/3 innings, sat thru a one hour and 25 minute rain-delay, before completing the game with a 5-4 Rockies win at Dodger stadium.
Nonetheless, Anderson’s outing was an impressive one; 5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO. The Dodgers jumped on Rockies’ starter Chad Bettis right off the bat, literally, starting with a two-run double from Adrian Gonzalez in the first inning to give him 32 RBIs on the season. Bettis would make it thru five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, with four walks and three strikeouts.
The lone Rockies run came in the second inning when Wilin Rosario homered to opposite field into the right field pavilion. Anderson, after giving up the long ball, drove in a run in the bottom half of the inning with a double that made its way to the wall in left-center field. The Dodgers would take a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning just before the game was delayed, thanks to Yasmani Grandal.
Grandal, batting .536 since May 2nd, knocked in the fourth run with a single up-the-middle off Bettis.
Play resumed after the rare rain-delay at Dodger stadium, with runners on the corners for Colorado and one out. Juan Nicasio took over for Anderson, induced what should’ve been a double-play but Jimmy Rollins error allowed the run to score. After giving up a single, Nicasio stuck out consecutive Rockies’ to leave the bases loaded, keeping the Dodgers 4-2 lead intact. He’d go on to pitch a scoreless seventh inning.
The Dodgers had a chance to score an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh inning after Gonzalez led-off with his second double of the game. He could’ve possibly scored on Grandal’s single a few batters later but was thrown out attempting to steal third during the at bat for reasons that we may understand.
Los Angeles got a scoreless inning out of Chris Hatcher in the eighth inning except the last three out are the hardest to come by. Yimi Garcia, for the consecutive outing, allowed a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning. Carlos Gonzalez crushed a three-run homer off Garcia to give Colorado a 5-4 lead, and eventual win. It was his 16th career home run against the Dodgers, this one just so happen to snap the Rockies 11-game losing streak.
WP: Rafael Betancourt (1-1, 4.05)
LP: Yimi Garcia (2-1, 3.38)
SV: John Axford (4)
News & Notes;
- The Dodgers placed Pedro Baez on the 15-day DL with a strained right pectoral muscle, and recalled LHP Daniel Coulombe from Triple-A Oklahoma City.