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The game started with Tyler Anderson making his way down the right field side with his catcher and pitching coach as Kershaw looked on from the mound, ready to make his first pitch. Kershaw was visibly angry and voiced his opinion after the game about the disrespect from Anderson. Whether it was a tactic or an honest mistake by the Rockies is not totally obvious, but whatever it was it worked, if for only an inning.
The Rockies started the game off with a walk, something Kershaw rarely ever does. They followed that up with two more singles to load the bases and they looked primed for a big inning. However, Kershaw was on the mound and not ready to exit early. He struck out Cargo, Mark Reynolds his a sac fly, and then Gerardo Parra struck out to end the inning with the Rockies scoring only one run.
Kershaw would lock down on the Rockies through the next six innings, striking out ten and allowing only one other run, a single by Cardullo in the sixth. The Dodgers were able to get to Anderson in the fifth, scoring three runs because of a couple of hits and an error by Anderson. That error may have been the changing point in the game, as it gave the Dodgers the runs they needed to remain ahead.
The Rockies may have lost 4-2, but they managed a good road trip on the west coast, going 4-2 against San Fran and LA. They had some great starting pitching and some less than stellar pitching. They also had some injuries on the road trip that may turn out to be big hits. The first was Jon Gray who is out for 4-6 weeks. The second was Cargo last night who took a pitch in the hand. He is diagnosed with just a bruised hand and is not expected to miss time, though that will remain to be seen.
The Rockies now head home and face San Francisco for a three game set before facing the Nationals for a four game series starting on Monday. The Rockies will likely need to make a move to get a starter, or Chris Rusin will fill in for the time being while Gray is out until a different move is made.