Colorado ended their 2015 home schedule with a loud bang, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 12-5. They avoided the worst home mark and swept the Dodgers to keep the party on hold. With the victory by San Francsico today over Oakland, they closed to within six games of the NL West leaders. Now Los Angeles has to go into AT&T Park for four games. A sweep would get San Francisco to within two games going into the final weekend. The Rockies will visit San Francisco for the final three games of the season. The Dodgers return home for the final three games against San Diego Padres.
Chris Rusin pitched a decent game even though the scorebox doesn’t seem to show it. Los Angeles struck first in the second with an unearned run on a routine throw for what should have been a third out but it was airmailed by NoDo instead. But after retrieving the ball, Baby Bull alertly threw the ball to third base and got Joc Pederson for the third out when he rounded third base too far. It was a blessing in disguise as Rafael Ynoa came in for the injured Christian Adames at shortstop as he helped contribute to the win with his glove and bat.
The Rockies evened the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the inning on doubles by Corey Dickerson and Ynoa. The Dodgers went right back to work in the top of the third taking a 4-1 lead with three consecutive swinging bunts with the bases loaded. Several tweeters noted that Rusin was struggling again, but the Dodgers were extremely lucky with those three swinging bunts. Baby Bull cut the deficit to 4-2 in the bottom of the inning with a two-out RBI single. After the third inning, the Rockies, led by MVP candidate Nolan Arenado, dominated the Dodgers going away to win the game 12-5. He drilled a towering three-run homer (41, off Wood) to give the Rockies a 6-4 lead. He later had a sac fly and a RBI single to give him 126 RBIs on the season.
The Rockies’ bullpen kept the Dodgers at bay with Gonzalez Germen, Gopherg, Boone Logan, and Jairo Diaz shutting them down through eight innings. Garbage man Jason Gurka gave up a run in the ninth for a 12-5 final. After Arenado’s home run a tweeter said all his numbers are a bogus when he plays half of his game at Coors. Wrong. He has more home runs and RBIs on the road than at home.
After the game yesterday, Arenado who plays like he is still in the post season race, says he wants to make the Dodgers his rivalry. Atta boy, my friend. You can learn a lot from him, Jose Reyes.