Over the last four years, the Rockies have made a steady dose of deposits at the "Ted Lilly Bank". Game after game, the soft tossing lefty made Colorado hitters look like fools and Rockies fans could do nothing but pray to the baseball gods and plead for a day of revenge. Here were the Rockies numbers against Lilly over the past four seasons coming into this game.....
2009: 23 plate appearances / .186 OPS
2010: 81 plate appearances / .677 OPS
2011: 92 plate appearances / .596 OPS
2012: 51 plate appearances / .620 OPS
Tonight, the Rockies finally made a massive withdrawal from the Ted Lilly bank and got (a little) revenge. Dexter Fowler led off the game with his team leading 8th home run of the season and it certainly would be a sign of what was to come for Colorado. That was followed up with a Jordan Pacheco single and a Carlos Gonzalez double before Wilin Rosario hit a three run shot to the opposite field; and just like that, the Rockies had four runs on the board before the Dodgers recorded an out.
Seven of the nine Colorado starters had multi hit games including pitcher Tyler Chatwood who went three for four with three RBIs. In 25 major league at bats, Chatwood is now hitting .400. Tyler was also effective on the mound in this one as he lowered his ERA to 3.00 by throwing six shutout innings with 5 K's and no walks
It was also a big game for Nolan Arenado who got three big league "firsts" out of the way tonight. His 4th inning single down the third base line was the first hit of his career and his two run dinger to right center field in the 5th marked both his first home run and RBI at the major league level. (There's plenty more where all three of those those things came from.)
This contest was forgettable in just about every way possible for the Dodgers. The 19 hits they gave up was the most ever surrendered by Dodger pitching to Colorado in a game at Chavez Ravine. Things got so bad for the boys in blue that had to call on second baseman Skip Schumaker to pitch the 9th. He did allow two hits and a walk, but his ability to get out of the inning unscathed makes him the new Dodger ERA leader!
The 12 runs the Dodgers gave up was also the most they had given up to any team at home since the Rockies beat them by the exact same score they did tonight on September 18th, 2010. (We won't talk about the revenge the Dodgers got the following day)
One other interesting note. Tonight, the Yankees and Dodgers hosted the Astros and Rockies. That's over $400 million worth of baseball teams at home against the teams with the worst record in baseball and the third worst record in baseball a year ago. The Yankees and Dodgers lost by a combined score of 21 to 3!
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Games Ahead: 1.0
Games Left: 136
Record needed to beat Keith Law's prediction: 38-98 (Keith Law should be tied to a chair and have to watch this game on a continuous loop)
Record needed to beat 2012: 49-87
Record needed to beat the Vegas Over / Under Number: 56-80
Record needed to finish above .500: 66-70
Number of Home Runs needed for Cargo, Tulo, and Rosario to combine for 100: 83
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Game 2 of this series gets underway at 8:10 MT Tuesday and will feature a pitching matchup of Jorge De La Rosa (2-2, 2.86) vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-1, 3.41)