Dodgers Score: Home Runs Lead LA to Sweep Over Rockies
The Dodgers complete the two game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 5-2 victory and finish the first homestand of the year going 4-2. Julio Urias got win number 2 on the season. Will Smith powered the offense early with a 2 run home run in the first.
Let’s get into the details.
Before the game, Mookie Betts picked up some new hardware.
Into the offense, Smith’s homer — his third of the season — traveled 382 feet to put the boys up 2-0 early. Will added an RBI double in the 8th inning as well, taking over the team lead in RBI with 10.
Jason Heyward also hit a bomb, his second in as many days. Also, a reminder, the Cubs are paying $22 million of his salary this season.
The most important swing of the night came off the bat of Max Muncy who mercifully hit connected on his first home run of the season.
He added a single and struck out on an absolutely terrible strike 3 call in the 8th.
Julio Urias made his second start of the season and earned his second win.
With his 6 Ks, he’s tied atop the National League with 12 strikeouts.
Caleb Ferguson, Brusdar Graterol, Phil Bickford, and Evan Phillips combined to allow two runs over the final 3 innings. Both runs were charged to Bickford in the 9th inning. Phillips earned his first save of the season.
One point of concern, the four relievers struck out just one batter, continuing an early trend of the bullpen struggling to K hitters.
With the win, the Dodgers take their first outright lead in the division, holding a one game lead over the Dbacks and Padres.
There was a scary moment in the 7th when Mookie Betts and Jason Heyward collided in short right field. Mookie stayed in the game but looked a little shaken up.
The boys in blue are off on Wednesday and begin a 4 game series with the Dbacks in Arizona. Dave Roberts is expected to send Dustin May, Clayton Kershaw, and Noah Syndergaard to the mound, in that order, and rookie Michael Grove will finish the series on Sunday afternoon.