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The Rockies had what should be considered a pretty good Wednesday despite giving up eight runs in the final two innings of the second game. The Rockies cruised to an easy 7-0 win in the first game and looked to be well on their way to a sweep of the Dodgers before the bullpen rudely change that. The second game ended with the Dodgers rallying for a 10-8 win.
As far as positives go, there was a lot between these two games. The offense was terrific throughout the day, the starters pithed more than well enough to win, and the bullpen actually had a good first game.
Stephen Cardullo is certainly worth mentioning as the 29 year old birthday boy had quite the day. In the first game, he hit what would be his first career home run, a solo shot to left center field. That was apparently all the momentum he needed to get his career started. In the second game, Cardullo came up with the bases loaded and hit a grand slam that barely cleared the left field fence. It was the best gift Cardullo could give to himself and about all he could do to give the Rockies what was at the time a sizable first inning lead.
Tyler Anderson in the first game of the day was absolutely terrific. He was able to shut out the Dodgers (as was the bullpen) before being removed in the seventh inning with one out. He allowed only six hits and limited any damage the Dodgers could do despite walking two. Anderson continued his dazzling rookie campaign and lowered his ERA to 3.43.
Jeff Hoffman didn’t have as great of a day as Anderson did, but it was still good. Hoffman allowed only three hits and walked three while allowing two runs to the Dodgers. Hoffman didn’t strike anyone out and he only went five innings, but that was more due to a tight limit on his pitch count. Hoffman has not had an easy matchup in his young career but he has stepped up to the pressure and done well. He will be a big part of this young Rockies rotation next year and could be just what the Rockies need.
The bullpen was good in the first game, but they more than made up for that in the second game. Matt Carasiti had another bad game, which has seemingly happened every game he has appeared in, and his time with this time is short. With September call ups are here, he probably won’t be sent down, but his time will be limited and unless he performs he may not see a role with the Rockies.
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A more surprisingly bad outing came from Adam Ottavino. After not allowing a run for all but one appearance, Ottavino allowed five and blew a save for a tough loss. He walked two and gave up three hits, one of which was a grand slam that gave the Dodgers the lead. He walked the first batter of the inning before getting two outs, but then he and the Rockies ran into trouble and the game was quickly lost.
Overall, it was a tough way to end the day, but it was still a good day for the Rockies. The loss isn’t something that anyone should be happy about, but it still gave the Rockies a series win against the Dodgers. They will now face the Diamondbacks at home and we will see whether they can beat a bad team.