For the first time in 2019, and the first time in 13 games dating back to last season, the Colorado Rockies have beaten the Los Angeles Dodgers. In an old school Coors Field slugfest (which have become disturbingly common this season), the Rockies came out on top in a 13-9 affair. Dodgers starter Hyun-jin Ryu entered the game having allowed just five earned runs in 71 2⁄3 innings since May 1, but the Rockies tagged him for seven runs, all earned, on nine hits, including three home runs, in four innings of work.
Nolan Arenado entered Friday’s game in a 1-for-18 slump, but that was ended rather emphatically in the bottom of the first:
That two-run home run was just the first of four hits for Arenado on the night. He went 4-for-5, adding a pair of doubles to that first inning homer, scoring two and driving in two. Not a bad night for the five-time All-Star.
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The Rockies did the bulk of their damage against the Dodgers in the bottom of the fifth. Starting the inning down 5-2, the Rockies scored eight runs on 10 hits and three Dodger errors. The inning even featued a long overdue homer from Pat Valaika:
They call him Patty Barrels for a reason pic.twitter.com/Ihit4oVyqQ— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) June 29, 2019
There was also this two-run shot to get everybody some taco’s:
Those two long balls accounted for four of the eight runs in the inning, the rest coming because the Dodgers committing the trio of errors in the inning, allowing some soft contact from the Rockies to turn into runs.
The Rockies will look for their second straight win against the Dodgers tomorrow and they’ve got Jon Gray on the mound to do it. He’ll be facing Clayton Kershaw in a game that will air exclusively on FOX. First pitch is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Mountain time,