The Dodgers spotted the Rockies an early 2-0 lead in Friday night’s contest before feasting on subpar bullpen pitching. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Chris Taylor gave the Dodgers the lead with a 2-RBI single followed by a home run off the bat of Mookie Betts. The win moves the Dodgers to 33-30, while the loss for the Rockies is their fourth straight putting their record at 26-38, last place in the NL West.
Runs and hits scarce
The Rockies’ plated a mere two runs on four hits in the game. Sacrifice flies by Elias Díaz and Josh Fuentes in the fourth inning drove in the Rockies only runs of the game and put them up 2-0 early. Unfortunately, the Dodgers’ bullpen combination of Jimmy Nelson, Blake Treinen, Scott Alexander, and Ross Stripling dominated the rest of the game allowing two hits and combining for six strikeouts over the last five innings of play. A bright spot for the Rockies is that they showed good patience at the plate in drawing seven walks over the course of the game.
Harvey gets rocked, then sent down
Chi Chi González didn’t go deep into his start, handing the ball to the bullpen after four mediocre innings of work. After a solid 1 ⅓ innings from Carlos Estévez, Joe Harvey took the mound with the score tied up at 2-2. He went on to get lit up for four runs before being pulled without recording an out. Sim Bud Black was clearly dissatisfied with the performance because after the game, Harvey was optioned to Triple-A. Scott Oberg was activated from the 15-day injured list to fill out the active roster.
The Rockies will turn to Evan Grills who will face the Dodgers’ David Price in Saturday’s game. There will be no broadcast, but we will have the recap tomorrow for you right here on Purple Row!