Well that was paws-itively engaging.
The Rockies dropped a crazy one to the Dodgers on Friday, losing 11-6. Antonio Senzatela struggled through his start, and Trevor Bauer was untouchable through the first six innings. The Rockies did finally get to Bauer and David Price in a six-run outburst in the seventh, but it was too little too late to complete the comeback.
Senzatela’s Catastrophic Start
Antonio Senzatela’s first start of the season did not go as planned. He went just 3 1⁄3 innings, giving up seven runs (all earned) on nine hits against two strikeouts and one walk. He labored from the get-go, allowing two runs in the first inning, two in the second, and three in the fourth before being pulled.
Senzatela specifically struggled finding a way out of innings - the first four runs of the game were all scored with two outs in the inning. The second inning exemplified this, as Senzatela forced Gavin Lux to ground out and struck out Trevor Bauer before allowing three straight doubles to Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, and Justin Turner.
Bauer Has (Almost) Hiss-toric Night
Trevor Bauer’s first outing as a Dodger was impressive, and his night was essentially the opposite of Senzatela’s. Bauer baffled the Rockies’ bats all evening, recording 10 strikeouts and just one walk while not allowing a hit until the seventh inning. The fifth inning was when Bauer flexed his muscles most clearly. Following an error by Turner to allow Rockies first baseman C.J. Cron to reach second, Bauer struck out Ryan McMahon, Chris Owings and Dom Nuñez on just nine pitches.
Bauer seemed untouchable all evening... until the seventh inning. It was then that something clicked for the Rockies offense, who had yet to record a hit at the start of that frame. After Trevor Story opened the inning with a single to left, Charlie Blackmon got the home team on the board with a blast to center field, followed by a walk to Cron and a bomb to right field by Ryan McMahon. Following a strikeout of Garrett Hampson, Bauer’s night ended.
What started off as a potential no-hit outing ended with Bauer going 6 1⁄3 innings, allowing six runs on just three hits against 10 strikeouts. The Rockies would then get after reliever David Price (also making his Dodgers debut) for two more runs via back-to-back solo shots from catcher Dom Nuñez and pinch-hitter Sam Hilliard before finally ending the inning.
This was the first time the Rockies have hit four homers in the same inning since 1999.
The Future is Meow
Two Rockies relievers made their MLB debuts this evening. Lefty Ben Bowden went 1 1⁄3 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits while recording his first two Major League strikeouts. Righty Jordan Sheffield entered in the top of the ninth to put down the Dodgers in a clean 1-2-3 inning. Both heavily factor into the Rockies bullpen this season, and tonight was a positive sign from both of them.
Feline Causes Paws in Action
Tired of the cat puns? I promise I’m almost done. During Ryan McMahon’s eight inning at-bat, a cat ran onto the outfield for a nice evening jog. The feisty feline seemed ready to chill out by the warning track for the remainder of the game, but Coors Field security apprehended the cat and removed it from play. The Rockies faithful were hoping for some #RallyCat magic in LoDo but alas, it was not to be this evening.
"Please post a kitty GIF"— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) April 3, 2021
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Jon Gray makes his season debut tomorrow against the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler. “The Gray Wolf” looks to right the ship after a shaky 2020 season that saw him rack up a career-high 6.69 ERA. Buehler, meanwhile, enters this season having finished off last year at a 3.44 ERA. His spring was rough, giving up 26 hits in 17 innings to the tune of a 7.94 ERA. The Rockies hope they can continue his cold streak into April.