Yes, go ahead and pinch yourself. The Rockies shut out Kershaw and the Dodgers, 3-0. Really. If you don’t believe this, take a long cold shower until you are wide awake. Juan Nicasio pitched possibly the best game of his career when he gave up just three hits, a walk, and a hit batsman over seven shutout innings. The best part about his performance was his efficiency, needing only 101 pitches at the office. Colorado raised their record to 45-49 while remaining 4.5 games back of division leader Arizona.
The Rockies drew the first blood of the game when Dexter Fowler started the game with a single and stole second base before DJ LeMahieu moved him to third base with a single. After CarGo struck out, Tulo lifted a high sacrifice fly to short center. Andre Ethier made a boneheaded throw to home well above the cutoff men with no play at the plate that allowed DJLM to move up to second base. Baby Bull stroked a laser up the middle to drive home DJLM for the second run. Colorado added an insurance run in the fifth inning when Nolan Arenado led off with a walk, was sacrificed to second base, and came home on a two out single by DJLM.
Charlie Blackmon made a case to stay with the Rockies the rest of the season when he went 2 for 4 off Kershaw while playing excellent defense in right field especially in the ninth inning running down deep flies with his speed and routes to the ball. CarGo on the other hand had a bad night whiffing four times in four ABs. Half of his swing and misses were at pitches that were not around the strike zone.