Dodgers Weather The Storm, But Not The Rockies As Garcia Blows Save
After dropping the final game to the Miami Marlins, the Los Angeles Dodgers began a four-game series with the Colorado Rockies on a rainy Wednesday night. However, skies cleared enough for Brett Anderson to take the mound and first pitch to be thrown by the scheduled start time.
Charlie Blackmon opened the game with a single and later advanced to third base with one out on a wild pitch. The Rockies failed to capitalize on the opportunity to take an early lead as Troy Tulowitzki struck out and Nolan Arenado grounded to first base.
Jimmy Rollins had the Dodgers in business after a stand-up, one-out double. He moved over to third when Howie Kendrick singled to right field and came home an Adrian Gonzalez’s two-run double. The Rockies quickly cut into it their deficit behind Wilin Rosario’s solo home run in the second inning.
Following the home run, Anderson retired the next three batters faced while picking up another strikeout along the way. Anderson then helped himself in the bottom of the second with an RBI double that scored Andre Ethier, who led off the inning with a double, and the Dodgers led 3-1 after two innings.
With rain again falling in the third, Anderson had an easy outing retiring the side and picking up two strikeouts. While the umpire crew chief met with the head of the Dodger Stadium grounds crew during the break, the game continued with the Rockies taking the field.
Scott Van Slyke nearly gave the Dodgers a baserunner, but Arenado made a nice stop at third. His throw to first brought Rosario off the bag but he stayed in line to make the tag on Van Slyke. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, the inning would come to an end without much noise.
Despite allowing a two-out single, Anderson left the fourth unharmed as the top of the inning ended with a Corey Dickerson fly out to left. The Dodgers also went down quietly in the fourth only having Anderson on base after drawing a walk.
The fifth saw Anderson strike out the side with two coming after giving up a one-out single to D.J. LeMahieu. Chad Bettis quickly retired Jimmy Rollins and Kendrick before walk Gonzalez after the Dodgers first baseman worked a full count.
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