On a hot Wednesday night at Coors Field, the Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the Colorado Rockies 9-to-8.
Kyle Freeland, the Colorado ace, walked five in five innings. To start the fourth inning, Freeland loaded the bases, and then, he walked Johnny Deluca to score Will Smith. Yonny Hernàndez singled in Miguel Vargas and Miguel Rojas, and Mookie Betts belted a three-run homer, his 20th of the season.
Mookie Betts hits a three-run home run and the Dodgers have a six-run inning to take a 6-4 lead over the Rockies.
Betts now has 20 home runs this season. Tomorrow, he'll be named an All-Star for the seventh time in his career.— Noah Camras (@noahcamras) June 29, 2023
Michael Grove didn’t look sharp while learning about Coors field and allowed four runs in five innings. His command wasn’t good, but little bloopers that landed in the spacious outfield undid Grove in the third. While he could have been better, Grove left with a lead and should have received the win.
In the sixth, the Dodgers began using their bullpen with Victor Gonzàlez who loaded the bases and retired only one hitter. Nick Robertson came in and walked in a run and allowed a bases-clearing double to Ezequiel Tovar. Elias Diaz then doubled in Tovar. Robertson continued in the seventh with a walk but got a double play enabling him to finish the inning.
After allowing 0 earned runs in his first 11.1 innings this season, Victor Gonzalez has now allowed 11 earned runs in his last 10 innings pitched.
His ERA has skyrocketed to 4.64. Since May 20, his ERA is 9.90.
It may be time for the Dodgers to send him back down to Triple-A.— Noah Camras (@noahcamras) June 29, 2023
After singling in the seventh as a pinch hitter, Jason Heyward scored on Hernàndez’s sacrifice fly and Freddie Freeman’s single scored David Peralta.
Phil Bickford redeemed himself after his wild ninth yesterday by pitching a good eighth inning.
The Dodgers went 1-2-3 in the top of the 9th, though, and ultimately fell to the Rockies.
The Dodgers and Rockies play the series finale of the three-game set on Thursday with first pitch at 5:40 p.m. PT.
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