This game looked like a clash of Titans in a championship game. Colorado matched Los Angeles’ tenacity and scratched out a 7-5 victory. The headline says it all – Brandon Barnes drove in two game-winning runs with two outs and two strikes with a triple off the new fence. So many good things that were seen tonight that showed flashes of how good the Rockies can be as a team.
Jon Gray gave up three runs on two homers to the first four batters. Then he settled in and went five innings giving up two more runs on a two-out bases-loaded single by Adrian Gonzalez. He struck out ten batters mostly on wipe out sliders.
Bullpen went four innings without giving up a run. Gonzalez Germen went 1.2 before Boone Logan came in to get the final out on A-Gon.
Tony Wolters made a spectacular pick off at first base after blocking the pitch in the dirt.
Mark Reynolds made a couple of great plays defensively; one doing a ballet toe-tap to catch a high throw from Tulo2.7 and the second was snaring a laser one-hopper right at the bag taking away a double.
Ryan Raburn has been the biggest surprise for the Rockies, hitting his third home run, all in high leverage situations.
As sdcarp says, the front office made the moves based on merit not history. It was Germen who pitched well to save the bullpen instead of Gopherg.
The Rockies did a superb job with two strikes putting balls in play. Only five Ks while the Rockies struck out 14 Dodgers, most in franchise history against the Dodgers.
Yaisal Puig made have made the Superman throw of the year and probably in a decade. But let’s not forget that the Rockies beat him twice – NoDo going station to station safely on Puig’s throw and Barnes scoring tying run on a DJLM sac fly. Puig’s throw was not even close.
NoDo continues to be a menace at the plate by going 2-4 with a homer and a walk. He has more walks than strikeouts on the season.
I loved Gray’s ability to miss bats. It came in handy when Puig stole 2nd and advanced to third on an error by Wolters with one out. Gray went into strikeout hunting mode and whiffed the next two batters to end the threat.
I loved watching the Rockies rally from 3-0 deficit to win the game. After the Rockies took the lead 4-3 the Dodgers reclaimed the lead at 5-4. Then it became a game of bullpen in which the Rockies scored the tying run in the seventh and winning run in the eighth. That would please Dr_C who is a big believer of bullpen matchups. Chalk up the bullpen win to the Rockies, Dr_C!
Jake McGee had the most dominant inning of the year getting a quick 1-2-3 inning for his fourth save in four tries this year.
Colorado improves to 9-7 on the year while climbing to within 1/2 game of front runner Los Angeles. The RWOers favorite sight is looking at San Francisco sitting in last place. Woot!
Colorado has been a joy to watch this year now that the pitchers are keeping them in the games other than the two-day implosion vs. San Diego and three of JDLR’s four starts. I hope to see good pitching continue into the summer and beyond.