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A three run home run by Justin Turner in the first inning looked to be what would doom Butler back to the minors. But after the home run, Butler settled in and ended up going 6 innings while only allowing those three first run innings. He did walk four, but overall the start was saved after Butler managed to keep his cool.
Julio Urias was making his third major league start and while he only went four innings and didn’t qualify for the win, he did much better. Urias struck out 7 batters in his four innings pitched and could have went farther had he been more efficient, but Urias was at 86 pitches through his four innings. At only 19 years of age and already at the majors, the Dodgers will likely be a little more careful with Urias early in his career.
The Rockies did manage a run off of Urias in the third inning. Leading off the inning was Eddie Butler and he grounded out for the first out of the inning. DJ LeMahieu then came up and singled for the Rockies. DJ then stole second base to get into scoring position for Ryan Raburn and Nolan Arenado. Raburn was unable to do anything productive so it was up to Nolan. He then doubled off the wall and drove LeMahieu in for the Rockies first run of the game and put them behind 3-1.
The games scoring would go quiet until the seventh. Pinch hitting for Butler was Daniel Descalso and with a 1-2 count against pitcher Joe Blanton, Descalso launched a ball down the right field line for a solo home run. An out later Ryan Raburn singled to give the Rockies a baserunner. Nolan then popped out and when Corey Seager tried to double Raburn off at first, his errant throw found its way to the dugout and Raburn was able to advance to third. Cargo then came to the plate and behind three strikeouts to start the game, he was able to catch a little break and single on a ball to Chase Utley that he couldn’t handle. That tied the game up and the Rockies completed the (albeit small) comeback.
With two outs in the ninth the Rockies were matching up Carlos Estevez against Trayce Thompson. Thompson on a 0-1 count hit a ball to deep left field that got out for the walk off home run. The run gave the Dodgers the win and gave Estevez a sour taste in his mouth. Estevez has been struggling recently, but he is still young and can get back on track for the rest of the season.
The final game of the three game set has Chris Rusin facing Kenta Maeda. Maeda is considered a rookie in the MLB but he is an experienced pitcher and does know how to pitch very well. It will be a challenge for the Rockies and they will need both the offense and defense to win this game and series.