The Colorado Rockies continued their winning ways, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 for their fourth win in five games on the road trip. The Rockies won in a very familiar way for this season’s team by getting an early lead and handing it over to the bullpen. While the bullpen’s work wasn’t as clean as it has been in many of the Rockies wins, it was still good enough.
Nolan Arenado got the offense started early with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning, driving in Charlie Blackmon, who had doubled to lead off the game.
The Rockies added an additional run in the fourth, when the struggling Trevor Story crushed a ball to left field that not even the Los Angeles nigh air could contain. Nolan Arenado adding his second homer of the game in the fifth inning to give the Rockies back their three run lead after the Dodgers scored one in the bottom of the fourth.
Kyle Freeland struggled through four plus inning of work, walking four and hitting two batters. Combined with the four hit he surrendered, and it’s a small miracle that he only allowed one run in the fourth inning. Some key strikeouts and a double play helped Freeland limit the damage.
Freeland departed in the fifth inning after giving up a lead off walk and hitting the next batter to bring the tying run up to the plate. Bud Black called on Scott Oberg to start the cleanup and he obliged. Oberg blew a 97 mph fastball past Yasiel Puig for the first out and got a shallow fly ball for the second out. Chris Rusin entered the game to face Adrian Gonzalez and retired him on a grounder to first base.
Rusin continued the bullpen dominance with a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth before handing the game off to Adam Ottavino. Ottavino gave up two hits in the seventh but delivered a couple of key punch-outs on nasty sliders to maintain the lead.
Mike Dunn continued his run of excellence retiring the three batters he faced in the eighth inning. However, he didn’t strike any of them out so he continues to sit on 399 career strikeouts.
Greg Holland made things interesting in the ninth surrendering two runs on a lead-off walk and three soft hits that managed to find holes in the defense. His experience shined through though as he didn’t let the situation control him and retired the final out to give the Rockies yet another one-run win.