In a series of strange games, the Rockies came up short, dropping the series finale to the Dodgers 9-6. In this particular game, a poor start by Tyler Anderson and miscues by Chris Iannetta, Matt Holliday, and Gerardo Parra ultimately doomed the team. Luckily, even with the loss they still remain in first place in the NL West, but now the lead is squeezed to 0.5 with the Arizona Diamondbacks coming in for a four game series starting tomorrow.
Tyler Anderson’s struggles
It wasn’t as bad as his last start, but Tyler Anderson offered up another stinker. He allowed four runs and five hits in 2 2⁄3 innings. The hits were loud, too. He didn’t get any favors from the defense behind him either. Matt Holliday whiffed on a line drive, which led to a run, and Chris Iannetta dropped a sure out after a minor collision with Manny Machado at home plate. With the large stable of relievers, it was easy for Black to remove Anderson without him getting of the third inning. He probably could have removed him a batter or two sooner.
Is Nolan back?
There was a silver lining in this game and it was Nolan Arenado. Arenado sat out of yesterday’s win. It was a day off designed to get him right at the plate. While he only had one hit, it was a well struck two-run home run to left center field. Let’s hope that swing sticks around over the next three weeks.
Arenado also made a couple of ice plays at third base. You can tell there is still some concern with the shoulder, but he’s still making plays a lot of other third baseman don’t.
The Rockies have four more important games up ahead, this time against the third place Diamondbacks. German Márquez starts against Zack Godley. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 MT.