The Rockies lost to the Dodgers 3-2 in ten innings Tuesday night (or Wednesday morning depending, depending on your time zone). Adam Ottavino, one of the Rockies most reliable relievers, was out for his second inning of work in the tenth inning when Chris Taylor hit a walk-off home run to end it. The Rockies are now 1.5 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West, as well as 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot. The Rockies really, really need to win tomorrow.
This one had everything you want in an important September game. The game went back and forth and started with a pitcher’s duel, but it was ultimately decided in extra innings. Clayton Kershaw threw seven strong innings, although his five walks meant that he dealt with a lot of traffic. His big blemish was giving up a long, beautiful home run to Charlie Blackmon. On the other side Kyle Freeland pitched yet another great game. I’m running out of ways to complement the guy. On Tuesday, he gave up two runs in 6 2⁄3 innings. Freeland allowed the obligatory first inning run, but held the Dodgers at bay for most of the game. The second run he allowed was the result of weird and bad defense that culminated in this:
So the tying run in a game that will decide first place just scored on this "error" by Nolan Arenado... because Lance Barrett was in a place I've never ever seen an umpire in before. pic.twitter.com/h9z5Ootpee— Jake Shapiro (@Shapalicious) September 19, 2018
Yeah, I don’t know why Lance Barrett was standing on the bag. But also, what in the world was that throw? That was just part of a bad night for Arenado. He had another throwing error and went 0-for-5 at the plate.
The Rockies and Dodgers finish their three-game series tomorrow night. Tyler Anderson will face Walker Buehler, and first pitch is at 8:10 MT.