The Dodgers beat the Rockies 3-0 Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Kyle Freeland pitched well, though it wasn’t one of his better starts (6.1/6/3/3/3/3). Still, keeping a scoreless offense in the game is an accomplishment enough. The loss wrapped up a 4-5 road trip, and the season record for the still first place Rockies fell to 26-24.
The offense, still
I swear I’ve written this postgame summary before. The Rockies couldn’t hit! Kenta Maeda struck out 12 batters in 6 2⁄3 innings pitched, and the Rockies didn’t do much after he left the game either — a couple singles and a few more strikeouts. The Rockies’ best chance to score came in the sixth inning, when a walk and a single put runners on the corners with one out. But Maeda struck out Nolan Arenado and Gerardo Parra back-to-back to end the inning. It was 3-0 Dodgers at the time though, so it’s not like the Rockies were threatening to tie the game or anything, but a run would have been nice.
Still, a good road trip
The Rockies went 4-5 on this divisional road trip. About .500 is a good record for any long roadie, but this “good enough” trip benefited from the Diamondbacks’ ineptitude. After all, the Rockies were 2.5 games behind the D-backs for first place in the NL West when the road trip began, and now they’re 0.5 game ahead of Arizona. That’s a success, even if it’s not an unqualified success.
The Rockies are on their way back to Denver. They’ll face Cincinnati to start a nine-game home stand on Friday after an off-day on Thursday.