Michael Owen Baker, AP
The Dodgers have now lost nine straight and are on the verge of their third straight sweep. With a win on Sunday, the Rockies could hand them that sweep and take what is probably their best series of the year. On Saturday, they played an excellent game that was hurt by some sloppy play in the middle. Because of that sloppy play, the game was much closer than it should’ve been, but the Rockies still took a 6-5 win.
In the second inning, the Rockies got on top and hurt Alex Wood for four runs. The first couple of runs came when Trevor Story hit a two-run bomb that followed a Gerardo Parra double. After Ian Desmond got hit by a pitch, the Rockies moved him to second and with two outs, Charlie Blackmon did what he has done all year and drove him in with a single up the middle. A LeMahieu walk set Arenado up for a big hit and he did that with a single to left to give the Rockies their fourth run in the inning.
Chad Bettis was strong on Saturday, but was hurt by the rare error from Nolan Arenado. In the fourth, Chris Taylor reached on the throwing error and scored a batter later on a Justin Turner single. Cody Bellinger then doubled down the line on a ball that hit off the top of Mark Reynolds glove. It was a tough play, but it was another play that may have been made and put the inning down.
Yasiel Puig then doubled in somewhat of the same manner, hitting a ball down the left field line that squeaked under Arenado’s glove. Arenado can normally make the play, but it was just a ball he missed and it brought the Dodgers within a run. There would be one more error in the inning, but it wouldn’t cost the Rockies anything as Bettis shut the inning down before anymore damage was done.
From that point on, the Rockies and Dodgers would trade runs, but only one at a time and the Dodgers never tied or took the lead. The Rockies scored a run in the fifth on a Story double and the Dodgers retaliated with an Andre Either solo home run.
The final runs would come in the ninth when the Rockies got a key insurance run from Gerardo Parra that allowed Arenado to score giving the Rockies a 6-4 lead. That extra run would prove to be absolutely huge as Greg Holland came on to close it out in the ninth.
The first batter Holland faced, Logan Forsythe, would work a 3-2 count before hammering a ball out to left field. It gave the Dodgers life and brought the crowd back into it, but luckily it would go no further. Holland would get two strikeouts and a ground out to close out the game for Colorado and earn them the win.
The Rockies send Tyler Chatwood to the mound for the finale in a game that could either crush the Dodgers or give them some late season life that they have seemingly lost. This is likely another bullpen game, but Chatwood could be extended out a bit more, if he does not issue a lot of walks, which will be a key for Chatty and the Rockies.