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Rockies lose to Dodgers 4-3 in 10 innings

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Charlie Culberson hit a walk-off home run to defeat the Rockies 4-3 in extras.

Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The Rockies lost to the Dodgers 4-3 in 10 innings in Vin Scully’s final call at Dodger Stadium.

After a quiet start, Tyler Anderson got into and out of trouble in the second. Adrian González led off with a single, and Carlos Ruiz followed that with a double. González couldn’t score though, but the Dodgers had runners on second and third with nobody out. But Anderson got Kiké Hernandez to groundout to Nolan Arenado, who kept González at third base. Anderson then struck out old friend Charlie Culberson, and he wrapped up a scoreless inning by getting his opponent Brandon McCarthy to groundout. No harm.

The Rockies took a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Cristhian Adames led off witha single, and Dustin Garneau brought him home with a double. Anderson sacrificed Garneau to third, and Charlie Blackmon drove him in with a sacrifice fly of his own to left field.

In the third, the Dodgers put runners on second and third with nobody out again, after Howie Kendrick singled and Justin Turner doubled. Anderson was able to get Corey Seager ground out weakly to keep Kendrick on third, but Yasiel Puig followed up with a sacrifice fly to center field to score Kendrick and make it 2-1. Anderson was able to get out of the inning without allowing any more runs.

Anderson had to get out of trouble in the fourth and fifth as well. In the fourth, Anderson recorded two outs before allowing a single to Culberson. He then walked McCarthy to put two runners on. However, he was able to induce a groundout to end the inning. In the fifth, Anderson began the inning by walking Turner. He was able to get Seager to fly out, but Puig singled to put two runners on base. Again, he was able to get out of it unscathed. He got González and Ruiz out to keep it a 2-1 game.

Anderson and the Rockies weren’t so fortunate in the seventh. After getting Kendrick out to start the inning, Turner grounded a single to left field. Seager tripled Turner home to tie the game at two. It finished the day for Anderson, who walked a tightrope for most of the game. He finished with 6.1 innings pitched, and he allowed two runs off of ten hits. He walked two and struck out just one.

Walt Weiss called upon Chris Rusin to finish the inning, and he did so without letting Seager score. First, he struck Puig out, and then he got González to ground out to first base. Rusin also pitched a perfect eighth inning. He threw 1.2 innings, didn’t allow a baserunner, and struck out three.

The Dodgers brought closer Kenley Jansen in for the ninth inning. He got CarGo to popout before striking Arenado out. He needed to retire David Dahl to send give the Dodgers a chance to score a run and win it in the ninth inning. Instead, Dahl homered to right-center field to give the Rockies a 3-2 lead. It was Dahl’s seventh home run of the season.

Adam Ottavino entered for the ninth inning. He started off well with a couple of strikeouts, but Seager, who earlier tied the game at two with a triple, launched a long home run to right field to tie the game at three. Boone Logan entered and was able to keep the game tied and send it to extra innings.

The Rockies put two runners on in the tenth inning, but with two outs DJ LeMahieu grounded out to second base to end the threat.

Logan continued into the ninth inning. He recorded the firs two outs, but then, uh, Charlie Culberson happened. He hit a walk-off home run to give the Dodgers the game, as well as the National League West. It was Culberson’s first homer of the year.

Charlie Culberson.


Source: FanGraphs