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A 4-2 loss to the Dodgers on Thursday night let Los Angeles avoid the sweep, but they still lost the series to Colorado and the Rockies will take that series win into another important series. The Rockies stay at home to play the Marlins, another wild card team, and will look to win another series.
Tyler Chatwood struggled at home again and while it wasn’t terrible, it was not good enough to win. Kenta Maeda held the Rockies to two runs over 5.2 innings, but outside of a home run allowed to David Dahl, Maeda held the Rockies down.
This game was really decided in the fourth and fifth innings. Both teams scored in the fourth and the Dodgers scored in the fifth, but outside of that there was not much offense and the team’s bullpens really shut it down. The Dodgers had three bullpen pitcher who pitched the final 3.1 innings and held the Rockies to only one hit. The Rockies bullpen went three innings and allowed two hits, but just like the Dodgers they kept them from scoring.
The Dodgers took the lead when Howie Kendrick singled in the first run of the game in the fourth. The lead was short lived as the Rockies came back and got a two run home run from David Dahl. That lead was also short lived as the Dodgers came right back and scored three in the fifth.
A Corey Seager home run, his nineteenth of the year, tied the game up at 2-2. A double and single put two men on for Yasmani Grandal with two out and from there Chatwood allowed the big hit that would lose the game. Grandal shot a ball to the wall that drove in both baserunners and earned himself a triple. It was Grandal’s first triple of the year and was the eventual game winning hit.
The loss put the Rockies back to .500 but it was not a terrible loss and they still came away with the series win. They did lose Daniel Descalso when he caught a ball at the wall while falling and injured his shoulder. Rafael Ynoa came into the game and later made an error. Between Adames, Ynoa, and the catcher, the Rockies have three really weak positions when they don’t need to. Both Jordan Patterson and Raimel Tapia could come up and provide a boost in the outfield and Tom Murphy could provide a much needed offensive boost at catcher. If Descalso turns out to require a DL stint, expect the Rockies to call up on of Patterson or Tapia and Murphy will almost certainly make a Major League appearance when the September call ups come around.
This next series is an important one and the Rockies could really use a sweep. Losing two of three would be a huge damper on the Rockies playoff hopes, but with the way they have been playing, this should be another series win.