June 23, 2017
Alex Wood pitched another six solid innings to improve to 8-0 on the season, as the Dodgers beat up the Rockies 6-1 on Friday night at the Ravine.
Wood allowed just one run on three hits, while striking out seven batters. He walked just two in his 98-pitch outing.
“We’re really rolling right now,” Wood said. “It’s going to be tough for anyone to come in here right now.”
Wood did not allow a hit after the 2nd inning. He retired the last ten batters he faced while lowering his ERA to 1.86.
Yasiel Puig his a solo homer off of Rockies’ starter Kyle Freeland in the 4th inning. That gave LA home runs in 15 consecutive games, which is the fourth-longest streak in club history. Their record is 24 from the 1977 season.
The Dodgers did most of their damage during the first two innings. Cody Bellinger’s sacrifice fly and Corey Seager’s RBI single gave the Dodgers their first two runs. Justin Turner delivered a run-scoring single, and Bellinger added an RBI double in the 2nd, and it was 4-1 LA.
The only bad news for LA was that Seager left the game after scoring in the second inning with a right hamstring injury. The Dodgers are hoping it was just a cramp, however, skipper Dave Roberts said Seager was unlikely to play on Saturday.
The Rockies only run of the game came on an RBI double from Tom Murphy in the 1st inning. Left-fielder Franklin Gutierrez reacted slowly trying to cut off Murphy’s hit, allowing the ball to roll by him for the double, which scored Raimel Tapia from first base.
Freeland (8-5) took the loss after giving up 5 runs on 10 hits on the night. He pitched six innings and made 110 pitches.
The Dodgers have won 14 of their last 15 games, and have opened up a 2.5 game lead on the Rockies and D’Backs in the NL West.
The Dodgers and Rockies will do it again on Saturday night at the Ravine. Clayton Kershaw (10-2, 2.61 ERA) is on the mound for LA. The Rockies counter with Tyler Chatwood (6-7, 4.08 ERA).