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Los Angeles, CA — The game was a flat-out pitching duel. There weren’t many who thought Chris Rusin could win a pitcher’s duel, yet he did it Wednesday in the Colorado Rockies 1-0 win. Rusin exploited match ups, managing to dig himself out of trouble with smart and effective pitching out-dueling the Dodgers in L.A.

Kenta Maeda has been exceeding expectations for the Dodgers this season, and he continued his fine work against the Rockies in this game. The Japanese import went 6 and two-thirds innings strong, and it wasn’t until the seventh inning that he ran into some trouble. Gerardo Parra flared a double down the third-base line with one out in the inning, and then Daniel Descalso blooped a single into center field with two outs, which brought Parra home to score. Maeda was taken out after the Descalso single and finished the night with nine strikeouts, one walk, and five hits.

On the other side of the bump, Rusin was doing his best Maeda. On a night where Rusin badly needed a quality start, he went out for six strong innings and allowed only three hits and one walk with three strikeouts. The start brought Rusin’s ERA down to 4.12, reminding fans he can still be an effective starter at the bottom of the Rockies rotation. Rusin’s biggest jam came in the fifth inning when the bases were loaded due to a very strange and rare DJ Lemahieu error, but he was able to maneuver his way out of it without allowing any damage.

Chad Qualls and Boone Logan came on to share the seventh inning, and barring a walk from Logan, they pitched a perfect inning. Walt Weiss turned to Carlos Estevez in the eighth, who allowed a hit to Trayce Thompson, but also fanned the other three batter he faced with some 99 MPH heat.

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Jake McGee came on to close the game in the ninth inning, and he set down Howie Kendrick, Chase Utley, and Corey Seager in order to close out the game, with some phenomenal defensive help from Mark Reynolds.

Turning Point

The seventh inning. The Rockies were able to somehow snag the only run in this ballgame off the crafty Kenta Maeda, and the Rockies bullpen took care of the Dodgers the rest of the way.

Player of the Game

Chris Rusin. This was by far Rusin’s best outing of the season, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. This should provide him with some breathing room to stay in the rotation.

By the Numbers

1- Kenta Maeda had not allowed a run in 13 innings against the Rockies this season before allowing one run in the seventh inning.

2 – Carlos Gonzalez has struck out four times in consecutive games, setting a franchise mark.

4 – Rockies pitchers only gave up four runs in this three-game series with the Dodgers.

100 – Carlos Esteves hit triple digits on the gun tonight

What’s Next?

In what should have been an off day, the Rockies will make up for a postponed game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Coors Field, tomorrow afternoon. Chad Bettis vs. Jeff Locke at 3 MST

Also, tune into the MLB Network at 5 MST to watch the MLB Draft, the Rockies have the 4th overall selection.

 

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Matan is a writer for BSN Buffs and BSN Rockies. He just graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and he has been broadcasting radio play-by-play for Buffs football and basketball since his sophomore year of college. Having moved to Denver 9 years ago, Matan has grown into an avid sports fan and can talk Denver sports pretty much all day. If he's not talking sports with someone, you can catch him on Twitter @matanhalzel