DENVER – The Colorado Rockies are hoping their run into Corey Seager ends in metamorphic fashion and not igneous. The halt, for now, was put on the by the Los Angeles Dodgers, who topped the Rocks 4-2.
After three scoreless frames, a piece the Dodgers were first on the board with a few knocks. And then Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood faced a huge jam with bases loaded and one out. On the first pitch to his opposite number Kenta Maeda, he forced a double play.
In the bottom half of the inning leadoff man Nolan Arenado reached base on a single, a second on wild pitch. That was the perfect spot for David Dahl. The rookie extended his hit streak to ten with a two-run home run.
Unfortunately, that’s where the bad news began for the Rockies. Daniel Descalso was pinch hit for by the recently called up Rafael Ynoa. Descalso left the ballgame earlier after he crashed into the left-field fence. He has a left shoulder contusion. Ynoa, would make an error and go 0-3 at the plate.
And when the Rockies took the field with their newly minted 2-1 lead in the fifth, they found themselves in trouble. Corey Seager took Chatwood to another county to tie it and Yasmani Grandal drove in two with a triple. Both fatal pitches were changeups.
“I think those two pitches cost us the game,” Chatwood said. “I don’t really throw that pitch a lot and I left it up in the zone, they didn’t miss it.”
Aside from the fifth, which really wasn’t that bad the Rockies pitchers were once again outstanding.
“Chatty was strong,” Weiss told. “I thought he pitched well, just the fifth was his only blemish.”
Indeed, the club’s offense was the facet of the game that failed the Rockies once again. Granted with no Carlos Gonzalez or Trevor Story the club’ offense is different. Tonight they were down to only 10 fully healthy position players.
“You have to pick your spots,” Weiss respond to a question about his short bench. “Fire those position players at the right time .We’re a little shorthanded but our versatility helps us.”
The versatility helps, but the lack of a bottom half the lineup as the six, seven, eight and nine hitters only collected one knock, was what hurt too much to overcome. Ultimately the Rockies couldn’t finish a sweep, and remain three back of a playoff spot.
Gonzalez sat out the contest after suffering an injury Wednesday night to his ankle. He expects to play Friday.
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Seater’s fifth inning shot was pivotal. He was also fantastic all night on defense.
BY THE NUMBERS:
.5oo – The Rockies are .500 at 54-54.
10 – David Dahl has nine hits in his first ten MLB games.
19 – Seager’s 19th HR of the year broke the Dodger record for most in a season by a shortstop.
The team holding the second NL Wild Card spot, the Miami Marlins is in town for a three-game set with the Rockies. Friday’s game is a 6:40 p.m. MT, LHP Jorge De La Rosa (7-7, 5.51) will face RHP David Phelps (5-5, 2.65).