On a night in which the pitching staff gave up seven home runs, Desmond came in an took one for the team by tossing a scoreless eighth inning (and then hit a solo homer in the ninth as the pitcher). It was all a little too little too late as the Dodgers pummeled the Rockies by a score of 16-9. The game took 4 hours and 6 minutes due to the ridiculous levels of offense as well as lengthy injury delays for umpire Larry Vanover and Dodger outfielder Joc Pederson.
The Rockies now fall 21 games below .500 and have lost nine consecutive games at Dodger Stadium.
You just know they’re gonna hit
The game started well enough. Trevor Story led off the game with his 30th home run and three batters later Daniel Murphy doubled home Charlie Blackmon for a 2-0 lead. Nolan Arenado, Ryan McMahon, and Ian Desmond added home runs, and Murphy and Blackmon each had three hits (Blackmon was robbed by Joc Pederson at the wall in the fifth, as well). Nine runs in a game started by Walker Buehler is a good game for the offense.
Alas, the Rockies gave up seven home runs of their own, including two each to Pederson (one on the third pitch Peter Lambert threw) and Chris Taylor. 50 Dodgers came to the plate, 23 reached base safely (not including fielder’s choices, which I didn’t have the energy to go and count).
Reminder this game happened at the “pitcher friendly” Dodger Stadium.
The Rockies are trying to get value out of Ian Desmond wherever they can and tonight it came to putting him on the mound. He allowed one hit and even hit 93 mph on the gun at one point. (Video link)
And, as previously mentioned, he came up and homered in the ninth for good measure. So at least that was a little fun.
Alas, this game only counts as one. Game two is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:10 pm MT. Chi Chi González takes the mound and Julio Urias gets the start for the Dodgers after they announced Kenta Maeda will be moved to the bullpen for the rest of the season in preparation for the playoffs.