A high scoring Sunday affair saw the Rockies lose the finale as Tyler Anderson struggled with command and the bullpen couldn’t keep it close. The Rockies were within a run at one point, but four runs between the sixth and seventh innings let the game get out of hand and the offense couldn’t rally back. A couple of errors along with five walks on the afternoon killed the Rockies, but they still come out of the series with two games.
Anderson allowed four runs in the first two innings, from a two-run double and a two-run home run in the first and second inning respectively. Anderson would allow one more run before exiting after the fifth inning and it concluded his second straight rough start.
Kenta Maeda was not much better, allowing four runs in five innings, but he also struck out five and kept the Dodgers ahead when they scored four early runs. The Dodgers bullpen, prior to Kenley Jansen coming in in the ninth, kept the Rockies off the board for three innings. That kept the Rockies out of the game long enough to negate the ninth inning rally in which the Rockies scored two runs.
The Rockies may have lost, but they did see Blackmon and LeMahieu coming back to life and Gerrardo Parra continuing his hot start. Blackmon hit a two-run home run and earned himself another hit, and LeMahieu came off the bench to hit a single and run scoring triple. Parra earned three hits and an RBI, but aside from those three, Tony Wolters was the only other Rockie to earn a hit. Having only four players tallying hits normally means you want score many runs, but the Rockies did still earn six over the course of the game.
The Rockies will face the 3-3 Padres on Monday for a three game series before heading out to San Francisco for a series. The Rockies are also in the midst of a 15-game stretch of playing West division rivals. Winning some games this stretch is important to get up on division opponents and getting some more starting pitching is also important if the Rockies are to succeed.