Two eighth inning runs broke the 4-4 tie, as the Dodgers avoided the sweep and beat the Rockies 6-4. The Rockies are now 41-43 on the season, as they prepare to head home for a short three-game home stand.
Your 2018 Colorado Rockies(?)
There’s a lot of season left, but it sure feels like a 3-3 road trip that started with the season feeling like it was over and ending with the sense that things just might turn around now is the perfect encapsulation of the 2018 Rockies.
They’re too good to be ignored; they’re too flawed for contenders to seriously worry about. They’re bratwurst with spicy mustard; they’re a hamburger without a bun. They’re the 2018 Colorado Rockies.
It was a ho-hum type of baseball game. The game was 4-4 in the eighth inning, and half of those eight runs were scored in the least interesting baseball way possible: RBI groundouts. There were some splashes of excitement. Most notably, Nolan Arenado hit his NL leading 21st home run of the season. With Adam Ottavino in for the eighth, it seemed like it was the type of game that would limp into extra innings before someone blooped their way to victory.
Matt Kemp, though, decided to continue to torture the Rockies. Kemp took an Ottavino fastball out to center field to give the Dodgers the lead for good. That was all part of a 3-4 day with four RBIs for Kemp. Ho-hum, indeed.
The Rockies and Giants begin a three game series at Coors Field tomorrow. In a re-match of last Wednesday’s game in San Francisco, lefties Kyle Freeland and Madison Bumgarner get the starts in game one. First pitch is at 6:40 MT.