This was fairly expected: The Rockies and Dodgers were mired in a 1-1 tie after five innings. It was a duel between Jon Gray and Clayton Kershaw. The Rockies got on the board in the first inning when Nolan Arenado took a 75 mph hanging curveball out of the park. The Dodgers got on the board in the fifth. Andrew Toles, budding Rockies killer, hit a solo shot of his own.
This was less expected. The Rockies went on what qualifies as a home run barrage against Kershaw in the sixth. Arenado blooped a single to lead off the inning, and Mark Reynolds brought him home with a dinger to left-center. Then, Gerardo Parra—Gerardo Parra!—hit a home run to dead center. That gave the Rockies the 4-1 lead.
The back-to-back home runs were the first time that Kershaw had ever allowed two in a row. It was only the third time he gave up more than one homer in an inning.
Gray also suffered his own struggles after the fifth inning. He wasn’t very sharp overall. His command was off, and he only struck out one batter. But the Dodgers only mustered one run. After an infield single with one out in the sixth, he yielded to the bullpen. Gray wrapped up having allowed one run in 51⁄3 innings pitched. He gave up four hits, walked three, and struck out one.
The Rockies bullpen, again, was excellent. Tonight, Mike Dunn, Adam Ottavino, Jake McGee, and Greg Holland combined to throw 32⁄3 innings, allowing one run (off McGee in the eighth). In six games so far this season, the bullpen has thrown 21 innings and allowed just four runs. The rotation will have to start doing its part to give more length, but at least tonight, the bats did their job and scored enough to secure the 4-2 victory. The Rockies are now 5-1 on the season. What a start.
The Rockies and Dodgers will finish the three-game set tomorrow afternoon. Kenta Maeda starts for the Dodgers, and Tyler Anderson gets the ball for the Rockies. Game time is 1:10 p.m. MT.