Arenado Drives Dodgers To AT&T Park

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.

 

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Gary
Gary
4 years ago

Related to Saunders article in Sun. Post about buying in to team culture etc.Nolans 3 run HR would not have happened were it not for Charlie B’s hard slide into second and DJ bustin’ it up the line to avoid the DP and get NoDo to the plate with two on and the potential still alive to do damage.It should not be lost in our summer of discontent that we have some really good ball players in Blackmon,DJ,Dickerson,Cargo and Nolan.

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

RMH, you’re right – I said the Rox might have handed home field to the Mets vs. the Dodgers in the playoffs. But how much better if this turns out to be an epic Dodgers collapse? No love for the Giants here, but my hatred of the Dodgers will have me pulling for them. And the Giants have it all tee’d up with the Rox coming to AT&T to finish the season.

RocketMan
RocketMan
4 years ago

Not a bad final homestand at all. And now the long wait until next April before we get to go to the ballpark. Always a wistful event. Will be interesting off-season, I hope.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  RocketMan

The future of the Club relies on it being an eventful offseason. We have probably seen Cargo play his last home game at Coors (at least for the next 2 years). In an odd sort of way, he’s the future of the franchise. He’ll be parlayed into more pitching Prospects that we desparately need. He’s a no brainier – even for Monfart. For the record, I’ll miss Cargo. I was never a huge Tulo fan, but I love Cargo’s energy.… Read more »

Jon
Jon
4 years ago

What’s with the Reyes dig. Very few have ever played the game with his enthusiasm. Will see how happy Nolan is if he is stuck on a losing ballclub with no direction when he is 32.
Another way of looking at it is he filling Tulo’s role as the hurt guy on the bench who shut it down for the year….except with Tulo it used to be an August event

Bill
Bill
4 years ago

Bud Black, Mike Maddox, Quentin McCracken. One of the three would be good. All 3 would be great. But these are all very smart men. And I can’t see them getting involved with the Rockies unless the Montferts cede all baseball authority. And I don’t see that happening.

Agbayani
Agbayani
4 years ago

Jose Reyes as a Rockie: .253/.285/.371. That a 65 OPS+. So much for a Coors-fueled resurgence. I think he still plays hard, but when we got him the stats guy in me said “expect a modest resurgence.” That may still come, but right now I’m more in the sdcarp camp — he’s a player who was highly dependent on speed for his value, and we’ve seen what happens when the speed tool suddenly disappears. And he is 32 …

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Yep. Of the 5 “tools,” speed is the trickiest one in my opinion. It’s great to have, but it’s the first to go. Reyes’s past hamstring issues (common with fast twitch athletes) have no doubt accelerated the speed decline (pardon the pun). He’s still savvy on the base paths due to his vast experience. But beyond his offensive measurables, I think his range just sucks and his arm is weak. His best hope is being a part time 2nd baseman/late… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  sdcarp

One thing to watch for as we head into the off-season: I continue to maintain Cargo’s value is sky-high due to the demands and age of the other FA OFers. There will be serious suitors for Cargo. I’ll pose two scenarios to RWOers – 1. Cargo (and 100% of his contract) plus Reyes (and a significant chunk of his contract) for 2 stud pitching Prospects. 2. Cargo (and 100% of his contract) for 3 stud pitching Prospects. You can’t consider… Read more »

Julian
Julian
4 years ago

Even if Reyes were playing better, I’d still want to trade him. He’s too expensive for where we are going to be for the next two years, and he’s standing in the way of first Adames, who could be the starter in April of next year, and second Story, who could be the starter by midseason. As others have said, we’re likely to need to eat a lot of his salary, or maybe take back an overpriced pitcher who, although… Read more »

Julian
Julian
4 years ago

Carp, when you say stud pitchers, are you thinking pitchers at the level of what we got for Tulo, or do you think that we might be able to do even better for CarGo because his contract is so much more advantageous that Tulo’s?

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Julian

Julian – there’s obviously no sure thing with Prospects in general, and even more so (or should I say less so) with pitching Prospects. Solely my opinion – I think Cargo (and saving his 37M – don’t forget that part) is worth 2 Jeff Hoffman types……and maybe another raw talent at a lower level. Even an astute GM with a track record of clever trades (Jon Hart for example) might be stumped with the possibilities of this one. It will… Read more »

Bill
Bill
4 years ago

We still have no idea if the so-called stud pitchers we got for Tulo are really studs or another in a long line of underwhelming pitchers the Rockies end up with.

sdcarp
sdcarp
4 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Bill – that’s why we need “volume.” Even Clubs with good, astute scouting and player development miss on a high percentage of pitching prospects. With our history of less than astute scouting and PD coupled with the 5280 effect – we need volume. We don’t need Jeff Hoffman per se, we need 10 Jeff Hoffman “types,” 5 Jon Gray “types,” 5 Jesus Tinoco “types,”……you get the picture.

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