DENVER — Tyler Anderson was phenomenal and the offense was timely in the first game of a split doubleheader in which the Colorado Rockies roasted the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second day in a row, winning 7-0 and taking the series.
The Rockies got a run in the first inning on a double from Nolan Arenado, scoring DJ LeMahieu from first and giving Arenado the franchise record for RBI in the month of August, usurping Andres Galarraga.
They added another in the second on a two-out opposite field single from Anderson, scoring Gerardo Parra who doubled to lead off the inning.
Anderson got into a spot of trouble in the sixth when singles from Howie Kendrick and Justin Turner put runners at the corners with just one out. The rookie showed some of his best stuff — and showcased himself at his most confident — by striking out Adrian Gonzalez and Rob Segedin to keep the shutout intact.
The Rockies then went back to work with the bats in the bottom of the sixth beginning with a lead-off double from David Dahl. The smash to right field came just inches from clearing the wall for his sixth home run of the season but the hit meant that he has now hit safely in 31 of his first 34 games and reached base safely in 32 of 34.
Dahl immediately stole third base with ease, his fourth steal to zero times caught and jogged in easily on Parra’s second double of the game, also to right field.
Anderson was given a chance to get through the seventh but began by walking Enrique Hernandez who is hitting below .200. He got Carlos Ruiz to pop out before allowing a soft single to Charlie Culberson which ended his day.
Chris Rusin came on in relief to face Yasmani Grandal and Howie Kendrick. He did his best Tyler Anderson impression, striking both men out and preserving the shutout in addition to helping his teammates ERA.
Speaking of which, Anderson’s ERA is now at 3.43 through his first 15 MLB starts. He has been the pitching version of David Dahl’s offensive consistency.
His day ended at 6.1 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 97 pitches, 64 for strikes. Only one extra base hit surrendered.
Dahl was right back at it in the eighth, getting his second hit and second steal of the game, this time swiping second before moving up to third on a strikeout pitch in the dirt. He came in to score on a Cristhian Adames triple, part of a three-hit day for the Rockies shortstop. Adames came in on a pinch-hit double from Ryan Raburn.
Charlie Blackmon singled in Raburn to put the Rockies up 7-0.
That is where the scoring would end as the Rockies secured their sixth shutout of the season and first at home in 2016.
By the Numbers
3.43 – Tyler Anderson’s 3.43 ERA through 15 starts is (by far) the lowest for any Rockies pitcher through his first 15 games.
34 – Nolan Arenado’s 34th RBI broke the Rockies franchise mark for the month of August.
31 – David Dahl has base hits in 31 of his first 34 MLB games.
.345 – DJ LeMahieu finished today hitting .345 which is still the top mark in the NL.
The Rockies aren’t dead yet.
The Rockies play the Dodgers again … tonight! At 6:40 MST, Jeff Hoffman will get the third start of his MLB career and third straight against an NL juggernaut.