June 25, 2017
The Dodgers rallied for three runs in the 7th inning and Cody Bellinger hit two more homers, as LA beat the Rockies 12-6 on Sunday afternoon. The win gave the Dodgers a three-game sweep of their weekend series at Chavez Ravine.
Kenley Jansen recorded his 2nd career five-out save, as well as an RBI double in the 8th inning to put the cap on another big offensive day for LA.
The Boys in Blue have now won 10 in a row and 16 of their last 17 games. They also continue to hit the ball out of the park, connecting on at least one home run in each their last 17 games.
Trailing 6-4, the Dodgers rallied against Rockies’ reliever Jake McGee in the 7th. Justin Turner singled with one out and Logan Forsythe doubled with two outs. Adam Ottavino came in to pitch for the Rockies from there. After an Austin Barnes walk loaded the bases, Ottavino threw a pair of wild pitches that scored three Dodger runs to give them the lead. The first wild pitch allowed Justin Turner to come home, while the second scored both Forsythe and Barnes.
The Dodgers exploded for four more runs in the 8th. Two of them came off of two more wild pitches by Ottavino (1-2), who took the loss. Bellinger added a 2-run homer for his NL leading 24th of the season, and 2nd of the game. Bellinger now has 6 multi-home run games on the season, which is a Dodger rookie record. Jansen’s run-scoring double was the final blow in the 8th. A total of four of the Dodger runs coming courtesy of wild pitches.
The Rockies built a 5-0 lead against Dodgers’ starter Brandon McCarthy by the 3rd inning. McCarthy issued a leadoff walk to Mark Reynolds. After a pair of wild pitches to Raimel Tapia, Reynolds advanced to 3rd. Tapia walked and Reynolds would score on a third wild pitch. Ian Desmond reached on an infield single, allowing Tapia to get to 3rd. Then an errant throw by Yasmani Grandal trying to catch Demond stealing allowed Tapia to score. An RBI single from Tony Wolters later in the inning made it 3-0. The Rockies would get two more in the 3rd on an RBI single from Reynolds, and an RBI fielder’s choice from Tapia.
That was all for McCarthy. He lasted just 3 innings, giving up five runs (four of them earned) on four hits. He struck out two and walked two, but was victimized by the three wild pitches and a pair of fielding errors.
The Dodgers got four runs back in the bottom half of the third. After a Chris Taylor leadoff double, Kike Hernandez connected on his 8th homer of the season. That’s a career-high for Hernandez. Then a Justin Turner double set the stage for Bellinger, who ripped his 23rd homer of the season, and first of the game.
Rockies’ starter Tyler Anderson didn’t last long either. He went 2 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits. He departed after just 55 pitches, leaving with a knee injury after an extensive discussion with the training staff.
The Dodgers loaded the bases in the 5th inning after a single from Joc Pederson and a pair of walks to Enrique Hernandez and Justin Turner. With two outs, Cody Bellinger had a chance to give the Dodgers the lead, but flied out deep to left field to end the threat.
The Rockies would add another run to make it 6-4 in the 5th. Desmond produced an RBI single to center against Ross Stripling, which scored Nolan Arenado.
Pedro Baez (2-0) got credit for the win after pitching a scoreless 7th. The only bad news for the Dodgers was that Kenley Jansen gave up his first walk of the season after 32 innings. The game was the longest nine-inning game in Dodger Stadium history, lasting 4 hours and 19 minutes.
The Dodgers will now open a four-game series with the Angels beginning Monday night at the Ravine. The first two games of the series will be at Dodger Stadium while the next two will be at the Big A. Rich Hill (4-3, 4.73 ERA) gets the ball in game 1 for the Boys in Blue. The Halos will counter with Ricky Nolasco (2-9, 5.23 ERA).