Disclaimer: This is the recap from the game on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Information about today’s game will be found in the Game Thread, which will be posted an hour before first pitch.
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The Sim Rockies did it again, beating the Sim Dodgers 4-3 for the second night in a row! Things got a little stressful in the ninth inning, but they have officially won their first series of the young season and will look for the sweep tomorrow.
I back, you back, we back SimRyMac!
I know, I love saying it because it’s so fun! Sim Ryan McMahon, after going .091 in his first five games, finally connected on a three-run homer that ended up being the difference in the game. The fourth inning started with a double from Sim David Dahl, who has had a double in three straight games. Then, Sim Nolan Arenado hit an RBI single to knock him in and Sim Daniel Murphy took a walk. That set it up for Sim McMahon to be the hero and give the Rockies the lead that they never relinquished.
The Sim Gray Wolf howled again
After a shaky start to the season in San Diego, Jon Gray earned his first win of the young season today. He pitched 6 1⁄3 innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits while striking out six Sim Dodgers. The second inning is where he ran into some trouble — a Sim Cody Bellinger base hit followed by a Sim Max Muncy base hit to start things off. He struck out Sim Joc Pederson, but rookie Sim Gavin Lux knocked in Sim Bellinger and Sim Muncy with a two-run double, his first MLB double. After only throwing nine pitches in the first inning, Gray was up to 34 after the second inning. However, after that he really settled in, not allowing another run and racking up three more strikeouts (including two from Sim Bellinger, who had three on the night).
Paging Sim Tyler Kinley
The ninth inning is where things got...interesting. Last night, closer Sim Wade Davis pitched an outstanding 1-2-3 inning and tonight...he did not. Sim Davis was brought in to close out the game with a 4-2 lead and left after 1⁄3 of an inning with a 4-3 lead. Sim Joc Pederson led off the outing with a double, his second of the game. Then, rookie Sim DJ Peters came in and notched his first MLB hit and RBI by also hitting a double. Enter Sim Tyler Kinley. Sim Kinley got the final two outs with runners on second and third via a strikeout of Sim Justin Turner and a 6-3 ground out of Sim Corey Seager. Not a bad way to earn your first save of the Sim MLB season!
Full Game Video
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