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Dodgers 7, Rockies 3: Joc Pederson’s home runs sink the Rockies

The Dodgers set the single-season home run record at the expense of Rockies’ pitchers

The Colorado Rockies have lost their ninth straight game, something they haven’t done since 2015. They were up against Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is a tough lefty but he’s been struggling lately. He walked four Rockies batters — a season high — but only one came back to bite the Dodgers in the fourth inning. The Rockies have not won a game at Dodger Stadium this season.

Antonio Senzatela’s struggles continue

Antonio Senzatela struggled once again, lasting only three innings but allowing four hits, five earned runs, a walk, a strikeout, and a home run. That home run was to Joc Pederson in the first inning, which tied the National League home run record. It was also the fifth time in the Rockies’ last seven games in which they gave up a lead off home run to an opponent. Senzatela has given up five runs or more in seven consecutive starts, which is a Rockies record. That’s certainly a dubious stat to have in his file.

The third and fourth innings (a recap)

The third inning is really what did the Rockies in. They were down 1-0 heading into it after Pederson’s homer, but things escalated quite quickly. The bases were quickly loaded by a Chris Taylor single, a Hyun-Jin Ryu sacrifice, and a Joc Pederson walk. Corey Seager singled to score Taylor, Justin Turner hit a fielder’s choice to Nolan to score Pederson, Cody Bellinger hit a single to score Seager, and Matt Beaty grounded to third to score Turner. Will Smith flied out to left to end the inning after the Dodgers took a 5-0 lead.

The Rockies were able to chip away in the top of the fourth after Nolan Arenado walked (the third of the night) and Ian Desmond knocked him over on a groundout to third. Ryan McMahon doubled to score Arenado and after a Raimel Tapia strikeout (his second of an eventual three), Hampson walked to set up Drew Butera to hit an RBI single and score McMahon. Josh Fuentes pinch hit for Senzatela and lined out to left to end the inning.

The Rockies left the inning trailing 5-2, but a two-run homer in the next inning off the bat of, you guessed it, Joc Pederson was the run that put everything just out of reach at 7-2. Wes Parsons yielded that home run — the Dodgers’ 250th of the year, which set the record for the most home runs hit by a National League team. The Rockies’ third run came off the bat of Ian Desmond in the fifth in the manner of a single to score Charlie Blackmon, who had singled himself two batters earlier.

Up Next

The Rockies finally have an off day tomorrow after playing for 20 straight days. It will be a good chance for both the team and the fans to breathe a little bit before they head to San Diego to play the Padres, who were just swept (and nearly no-hit) by the red hot Arizona Diamondbacks. Tim Melville is set to take the mound against Padres’ right hander Dinelson Lamet. Hopefully his cool name doesn’t distract the Rockies and they’re able to win!