Recap: McCarhty Is Sharp, Dodgers Erupt In 6th To Sweep Rockies

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After extending their winning streak to six games Saturday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to add to it and complete back-to-back series sweeps. Brandon McCarthy made his third start of the season Sunday as the Dodgers and Colorado Rockies concluded their three-game series.

McCarthy opened the game with a strikeout of Charlie Blackmon, then gave up a single to Carlos Gonzalez. Troy Tulowitzki nearly gave the Rockies an early lead on a deep fly ball to left field that Scott Van Slyke tracked down just shy of the wall. McCarthy ended the inning by striking out Justin Morneau.

Eddie Butler took the mound for the Rockies and got the Dodgers to go down quietly. Jimmy Rollins struck out after not being able to check his swing, while Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez both grounded out.

After getting a leadoff single from Nolan Aranado, the Rockies failed to advance him. Corey Dickerson popped out and McCarthy picked up his third strikeout of the afternoon after an eight-pitch battle with Michael McKenry. A Daniel Descalso fly out ended the inning.

Howie Kendrick’s line drive to center was good for a single and gave the Dodgers their first hit of the afternoon. Van Slyke broke the scoreless tie with an RBI double that Dickerson misplayed and allowed the ball to roll to the fence.

Joc Pederson followed with an RBI double of his own, shooting the ball down the left field line and the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead. Blackmon drew a one-out walk in the third, but soon after was thrown out by A.J. Ellis attempting to steal second base. McCarthy then got Gonzalez to strike out on a sinker.

Turner hit a two-out double in the bottom of the third, which gave Adrian Gonzalez the opportunity to add to his hot streak. However, the Dodgers first baseman uncharacteristically didn’t produce and grounded out to end the inning.

McCarthy only needed six pitches to get through the fourth in a quick and efficient inning. As for Butler, he also retired all three Dodger batters in order, but needed more pitches to do so.
The fifth began with McCarthy getting his fifth strikeout in the game with Dickerson as the victim this time around.

CONTINUE READING: Dodgers Explode For Five Runs In Sixth Inning

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  1. How about that win today? 7 in a row now. We are on a roll. We are making great defensive plays when we need to (McCarthy/Rollins/Gonzo double play, outfield speed, etc.) and just wearing out opposing pitchers. Then throw in some high heat late innings and the opposition just doesn’t have a chance. We look great and the confidence is there.

    These next two weeks against SF and SD are gonna be tough; you know they always bring their A-game against us. Hopefully we can go at least 6-3, but 5-4 won’t be the end of the world.

  2. And another thing: defense wins again.

    LF Corey Dickerson didn’t cut off SVS’s hit in the 1st, which led to a run by Kendrick. Also in the 5th, he failed to cut off Turner’s hit, and just let the ball roll to the wall, which led to a double instead of just a single.

    Don’t forget Morneau’s missed foul catch (probably the sun?) that led to SVS’s home run. That’s about 3-4 runs right there capitalized on mistakes. Great to see our players not making too many.

    1. I noticed the same thing about Dickerson when I was watching the replays in At Bat this morning.
      Looks like this is going to be a fun season to be a Dodgers fan.

      Personally, I think that Friedman and Co did an outstanding job. I liked the way the team was shaping up as I read about and researched the trades and it’s exciting to see it come together on the field.

      The bench continues to come up huge. Pederson is as advertised. Puig is more mature. Adrian is Adrian.

      Mccarthy was outstanding again today. If he keeps that up, we have a dominant rotation.

      The bullpen has been lights out, even with all the “worn out arms” and lack of superstar relievers.

      Good things are happening in LA!

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