The Rockies defeated the Dodgers 7-1 tonight.
The game started ominously in the bottom of the first. Jorge De La Rosa gave up a double to the first batter he faced. That was followed up by a throwing error by shortstop not-Troy Tulowitzki (sometimes known as "Daniel Descalso," as well as "who's playing first?"). Two on, nobody out.
Then, after a ground-out and a double play to get out of the first inning without allowing any runs, one might say De La Rosa settled in. He retired 18 consecutive batters, during which he only had two three-ball counts. He allowed a hit to Howie Kendrick in the seventh, but he was erased by a double play. De La Rosa came back out for the eighth, recorded an out, but then left the game due to what looked like discomfort in his groin. Let's hope his removal was being conservative with a starting pitcher in the eighth (!) inning and not a re-aggravation of his groin injury from spring training.
De La Rosa rode a one run through the sixth. Carlos Gonzalez hit a solo home run in the first inning. While such an act is rarer than it should be, it's humdrum nevertheless. In the top of the seventh, Descalso hit a two run home run. This event took place at Dodger Stadium. The eighth was strange. Relief pitcher Sergio Santos struck out four batters and gave up three runs. Two of those were the product of a Nolan Arenado two run home run. The Rockies added another run in the ninth.
The Dodgers made it interesting in the ninth inning, as they loaded the bases with one out against Scott Oberg. Oberg hit Justin Turner with a pitch to force in a run, but that was all they would get.
The Rockies will attempt to win the series tomorrow afternoon.
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