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In Vin Scully’s last game at Dodger stadium, the Dodgers did their best job of giving him a memorable send off. While it was a loss for the Rockies and that is never something I enjoy, this is a game that can just be forgotten for the bigger picture.
This game had a little of everything and was quite an exciting one for both teams, but it did result in a loss for the Rockies and a division clinching win for the Dodgers. Both pitchers were very good and both teams got timely hits in the ninth inning to make this one very interesting. The Dodgers had the last laugh with a walk-off homer from ex-Rockie Charlie Culberson and it sent them to their fourth straight division win.
Tyler Anderson had a good start despite allowing ten hits. He ended up going 6.1 innings while allowing only two runs. He only struck out one batter, but he was getting contact outs and managed to get the timely outs when he needed them.
Brandon McCarthy managed to do just as well as Chatwood ignoring the fact that they had very different pitching lines. McCarthy went 5.1 innings while allowing two runs as well, but he had only four hits against him and struck out six. McCarthy’s game goes as a better one based on game score, but Anderson did earn the quality start and set the Rockies up for a win, had they gotten some more bullpen help.
In the ninth inning with a tie game, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen came on to try an keep the game tied. With two outs and a 1-2 count on David Dahl, he looked to be doing his job the right way. But on a high fastball, Dahl hammered a ball out to right field to give the Rockies the one run lead.
Adam Ottavino came on to close the game out and that normally means the Rockies would come away with a win. What Ottavino had to face however, was the future Rookie of the Year and possible MVP candidate Corey Seager. Seager continued his scorching rookie campaign with a home run to counter Dahl’s and the Dodgers tied the game right back up.
The game went to the tenth and the Rockies did manage to get two runners on, but they couldn’t capitalize and the Dodgers went into the tenth with a chance to win. Boone Logan came on to keep the game tied and did a good job of getting the first two batters, but that is when Culberson came to bat. On a 0-1 count, Culberson smashed a ball to left that got out for the walk off home run and the final call of Vin’s career at Dodger Stadium.
The win for the Dodgers clinched the division and cemented the Rockies with a losing season. The Rockies will try and do a better job of playing spoiler as they head off to San Francisco and try and keep them from earning one of two wild card spots.