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The Rockies had a ten run lead going into the fifth inning, but after Jeff Hoffman exited the Dodgers started to climb back into the game. Thanks to the less competent side of the Rockies bullpen, a laugher turned into a game that was actually close. Greg Holland actually had to come in to close out the game, something Bud Black would have liked to avoided when up by ten runs.
With Jordan Lyles and Scott Oberg coming on with a huge lead, the Dodgers seemed to be out of the game. Unfortunately for the Rockies, these are two of their worst pitchers and they did an absolutely terrible job of giving the Rockies what should have been an easy win. After coming on in the sixth with one out, Lyles promptly gave up a two out run to Austin Barnes. That closed the book on Hoffman who struck out eight and allowed three runs in 5.1 innings.
Lyles got out of the seventh without any harm, but he allowed two more runs in the eighth to bring the Dodgers within five. Scott Oberg then came on to get the final out of the inning before running into his own trouble in the ninth. After allowing three straight hits and a run, Greg Holland came on to close the game. He would allow a single to load the bases, but then got a double play to get two quick outs. A run would score, but it would prove inconsequential as Holland got Yasiel Puig to strike out to end the game.
The final innings were much more stressful than they should have been with how the Rockies started. They got to Hyun-Jin Ryu for ten runs, five earned, and eight hits in only four innings. Blackmon and LeMahieu were actually both hitless in the game, but every other position player got a hit with the middle four batters (3-6) earning two hits each.
The Rockies winning the opening game of the series is definitely a good sign and they now take some offensive confidence into Friday’s game against Kershaw. The Dodgers also take this confidence in as well, except they face a pitcher who has struggled greatly at home. Chatwood could end up like Ryu with how he has pitched at Coors, but he did have a good start his last time at home, that hopefully he will replicate.