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Rockies 3, Dodgers 3: Nolan Arenado HR highlights Colorado's third straight tie

On the strength of a Nolan Arenado homer and a Charlie Blackmon three hit day, the Rockies tied for the 3rd straight spring training game this afternoon against the Dodgers.

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This is getting ridiculous. Colorado tied the LA Dodgers 3-3, which was the 3rd straight such result for the Rockies. In what was LA's last spring training game before their trip to Australia for the season opening series against Arizona, the Dodgers fielded an Opening Day-caliber lineup against a Colorado side that had three regulars in Nolan Arenado, Michael Cuddyer, and DJ LeMahieu.

Against that lineup, Jordan Lyles fared well in the early going, cruising through the first three innings without incident. He ran into some trouble in the fourth, allowing two runs on three hits (including two doubles), then he got only one out in the fifth and was pulled after putting two men on base. One of those came around to score, meaning that Lyles had a pitching line of 4.1 IP, three runs on five hits, two strikeouts and two walks. Not a bad outing, but not a particularly distinguished one either.

Once again the Rockies bullpen didn't allow a run in the game, though much of that came against LA's reserves. Bruce Kern (last seen in High A Modesto), LaTroy Hawkins, Matt Belisle, Wilton Lopez, and Greg Burke all contributed to this 4.2 shutout inning streak in which the Dodgers had only four base-runners.

The Rockies got on the board in the second inning on a Jordan Pacheco sac fly, in which Matt McBride was initially called out at the plate after a great throw by Yasiel Puig. After review, the decision was correctly reversed to allow the Rockies to take the early 1-0 lead. After the aforementioned struggles by Lyles in the 4th and 5th, Nolan Arenado did a bad thing to a baseball in the 6th:

Arenado is now hitting .353 this spring with two homers and five RBI.

Charlie Blackmon also had himself a day in the leadoff position, going 3-5 with a RBI single that tied the game in the 7th inning. The other OF derby participant who played today, Brandon Barnes (hitting 2nd behind Blackmon), went 1-5 on the day. Charlie Culberson was 1-3 and made an excellent (dare I say Tulo-esque) play up the middle to take a hit away from Puig.

It all added up to a third straight tie for the Rockies (and the 5th of the spring for the Dodgers), which has to be close to the longest such streak in MLB history (anybody want to check my math?). The Rockies will send Brett Anderson to the mound tomorrow against San Diego to try and keep the streak going in a game that Root Sports will be televising.

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