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After two consecutive hits in the first inning against the game’s most consistent and reliable pitcher, the Rockies got to him for three runs on a three-run home run from Nolan Arenado. It is the fourth time in Kershaw’s career that he has given up three runs on the first three batters, but it was the first time since 2010. The three-run bomb set the Rockies up for success and they would cruise from there on out.
The first four innings of this game made up a majority of the length, as both pitchers were allowing a lot of full counts and long innings. For Kershaw, the Rockies did a decent job of scoring runs against him, getting four total runs in 3.2 innings against the ace. Kershaw walked three batters and struck out seven, recording all but four outs on strike outs in his short outing.
Jon Gray was struggling like Kershaw was early, but with a struggling Dodgers offense and his own bearing down when the going got tough, he managed to allow only one run. Gray struck out three and walked two, but he also managed six innings and gave up only four hits to the Dodgers, the same amount of hits Kershaw allowed in the first inning.
After Kershaw’s exit, the Rockies gave Gray some more support, scoring nine total runs in the game, with two runs in the fifth and three in the seventh. They had every starting position player record hit, with six of those players recording two hits. Cargo went 3-5 with a home run, Arenado finished with four RBI, and Charlie Blackmon went 2-3 with three walks out of the leadoff spot.
This was an excellent game for the Rockies and beating the Dodgers best pitcher only sets them up for success in the future games of the series. They face Yu Darvish in the next game and they have a good chance to continue their momentum. Darvish has struggled more recently and the Rockies are riding high, working great at-bats and driving in runs when they needed them