DENVER — Well that was ugly. Tyler Anderson and the Rockies bullpen combined to allow 11 Dodgers runs on 12 hits. While the offense continued their strong showing on this home stand with seven more runs and another double-digit hit night, it wasn’t enough to overcome the final deficit that they faced. They managed to give Anderson the opportunity to win the game after taking a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the fifth, but Brooks Pounders allowed four runs in the top of the sixth to give the Dodgers the lead for good.
“It was the bottom of the order there,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “And one of our fresher right-handed relievers facing right-handed hitters.”
The Rockies gave it one more hurrah in the bottom of the ninth, unfortunately it came up just short when Gerardo Parra and Ian Desmond couldn’t keep the rally going.
DJ LeMahieu’s return
LeMahieu was activated from the disabled list shortly before the game tonight and immediately slotted back into what has now become his usual lead-off spot. He showed no rust from having missed time and wasted little time record his first hit, leading off the bottom of the first inning with a single and scoring the Rockies first run of the game later that inning. He singled in his next three plate appearances as well and overall looked as healthy as possible.
“It’s good to get DJ back,” Black said. “He’s one of the best players in the National League, 4-for-5 is pretty impressive coming right back and playing in a big league game, he’s a good player.”
Assuming the Rockies can find a way to get both his and Ryan McMahon’s bat into the lineup at the same time, his return will is a key step to the Rockies finding some more offensive consistency.
Nothing makes me feel better after a hard loss by the Rockies than watching Nolan show once again why he’s one of the best players in baseball.
This play resulted in a nice new gif being released by the @Rockies twitter account as well. It’ nice to see sometimes that the Rockies aren’t alone when it comes to running into dumb outs.
“With Parra, he’s got a great arm, I knew he was going to make a good throw, I’m not surprised at all,” Arenado said.