For a moment, it felt like the Rockies were going to win their third consecutive game against the Dodgers and take three out of four games against the best team in baseball. But the bullpen faltered, the defense failed to convert a couple of key double plays, and the offense couldn’t keep up with the Dodgers’ bats. The Dodgers ultimately won 10-5, leading to a four game split in Colorado. The Rockies season record now stands at 44-40.
Bad, Bad Chettis
Down 3-0 in the fifth, the Rockies scored four runs to take a 4-3 lead. David Dahl capped off the rally with a three-run home run. Unfortunately, the lead was short lived. Chad Bettis allowed three consecutive singles before hitting Justin Turner with a pitch, which tied the game at four.
Then it got worse. Joc Pederson singled and Matt Beaty doubled to give the Dodgers a 7-4 lead. Bettis then walked Chris Taylor to finish his very bad day on the mound. Reliever Jesus Tinoco allowed two more runs to score, making it 9-4.
In all, the Dodgers sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs in the sixth, all of them credited to Bettis, just after they took the lead in the previous inning.
What’s the opposite of a shut down inning?
Chi Chi’s second try
Chi Chi González’s second start further demonstrated the Rockies’ need for additional help in the rotation. Chi Chi threw 86 pitches over four innings, giving up five hits and three runs. It still feels like he’s keeping a rotation spot warm for someone else, except we don’t know who it’s for.
The Rockies are off on Monday before wrapping up their home stand with a quick two game series against the Astros Tuesday and Wednesday.