Welcome to the 2019 home opener live blog! We’ll have highlights and general updates over the course of the game here. If you’re looking for a place to have a conversation, head on over to today’s game thread.
2:16 p.m. MT
Tyler Anderson walked a batter in the first, but Nolan Arenado made a diving stop to begin a great inning ending double play. Scoreless through one half inning of Coors Field baseball!
2:26 pm MT
Double plays. They giveth and they taketh. Nolan Arenado grounds into a double play on a check swing to end the first inning.
2:33 pm MT
A lot of soft contact against Tyler Anderson so far. Max Muncy squeezed in a single, but the Dodgers left him on first.
2:52 pm MT
The Rockies got a couple runners on base in the second, but there was nothing doing other than these punny tweets.
Maeda big mistake with those walks— Another Nick on Opening Day (@303toNYC) April 5, 2019
3:07 pm MT
The Dodgers strike first with a Corey Seager single. 1-0 Dodgers headed to the bottom of the third.
3:21 pm MT
You take what you can get. The Rockies had the bases loaded with nobody out in the third inning. Nolan Arenado, pretty much the guy you want at the plate in this situation, hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1. Trevor Story then hit a bullet to first base, which turned into a double play. Tied 1-1 after three.
3:30 pm MT
Max Muncy, who is the absolute worst, took Anderson deep to center field to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. The Rockies cannot let Muncy get the better of them!
3:38 pm MT
The Rockies go quietly, ever so quietly, in the fourth. Still a 2-1 game in favor of the Dodgers. It’s pretty much how the season’s been going.
For the record, #Rockies offense is sitting on the Mendoza Line right now.— Patrick Saunders (@psaundersdp) April 5, 2019
49-for-245 for a .200 average.
3:50 pm MT
The Dodgers sort of blew it up in the fifth, scoring four runs. It was capped off by a 427 foot home run to right field by Cody Bellinger. And that will do for it for Tyler Anderson today, and it’s not a pretty line. Nine hits and six runs in four innings. He struck out two, walked three, and gave up two homers. Dodgers now lead 6-1.
4:00 pm MT
The Dodgers have taken a five run lead heading into the bottom of the fifth. If you need a distraction, check out Cespedes Family BBQ’s list of the top 100 minor league names. Former Rockies farmhand Hamlet Marte beat out some stiff competition for the top spot.
10. 1B Meaux Landry (LAD)— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) April 5, 2019
9. C Josh Breaux (NYY)
8. RHP Janson Junk (NYY)
7. RHP Rayne Supple (COL)
6. C Sicnarf Loopstok (CLE)
5. SS Sincere Smith (NYY)
4. RHP Henry Henry (SD)
3. RHP Maverik Buffo (TOR)
2. 3B Makesiondon Kelkboom (CLE)
1. C Hamlet Marte (SF)
4:16 pm MT
The Rockies left the bases loaded in the fifth. Trevor Story struck out on three pitches. From the seats in the stands, it looked like a bad call, but it turns out it was a bad take.
4:27 pm MT
The Dodgers scored another in the sixth, extending the lead to 7-1. Here’s a fun fact about how prolific the Dodgers’ offense has been so far this season. In franchise history, they’re tied for the most runs they’ve scored over their first eight games since the nineteenth century. There are still three more innings to play
Dodgers are playing their 8th game of the season (6th inning at Coors Field right now), and have scored 62 runs. Only teams in franchise history with more runs through 8 games were in 1897 (93 runs) and 1892 (70 runs)https://t.co/q2m84MADUQ— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) April 5, 2019
4:35 pm MT
If you’re expecting this update to say something about the Rockies scoring runs I’m sorry to disappoint you. 7-1 Dodgers, and this game doesn’t feel winnable at all for the Rockies.
4:53 pm MT
The Dodgers put two more on the board and now lead 9-1. Stretch time!
5:21 pm MT
They’re not dead yet! The Rockies are in the midst of a mini-rally in the bottom of the seventh. Arenado singled in a run, and Story hit a two-run home run. Notably, it could have been a three run home run, but Charlie Blackmon got thrown out at after Arenado’s single. If he had stayed put, it would be a 9-5 game. As it is, the Dodgers lead it 9-4.
5:46 pm MT
And we’re headed to the ninth. The Dodgers added a run and are now up 10-4. This has not been the greatest of Opening Days for the Rockies but there is still some time left.
6:04 pm MT
The Rockies lost, but let’s end this with a silver lining. David Dahl hit his first home run of the season in the ninth inning, and it wasn’t a cheapie. You could hear that it was a home run. Let’s hope hitting like that carries over to tomorrow.
That’s all from Opening Day. And now for the rest of the season to unfold.