DENVER - Wednesday night was about as bad as it could possibly be for the Colorado Rockies bullpen. In fact, "it sucked." Up six with five outs to go and the bases empty the Rockies ended up losing by two. An eight-run swing in less than five outs. "No doubt about it, that sucked."
The Los Angeles Dodgers triumphed and avoided the sweep taking the second of a split doubleheader, 10-8.
"That one sucked, no doubt about it," Rockies Manager Walt Weiss said. "We won the series but it doesn't feel like it. We had that game in hand. We got an off day tomorrow and we have a little extra time to recover from that one. We've been playing pretty well, it's a shame we lost that one."
Chase Utley got things started with a leadoff home run for the Dodgers. Rookie Jeff Hoffman settled in though and that's all the damage the Dodgers would do in the first. The Rockies tagged right back with their one on a David Dahl single that drove in DJ LeMahieu. With the bases loaded up came Cardullo, that's when he hit the grand slam to give the Rockies a lead it looked like they would never relinquish.
In the second the Dodgers took advantage of a leadoff walk scoring Yasmani Grandal on an Andrew Toles double. Finally, it seemed as Hoffman had things under control. Not a great outing by any stretch but he held the Dodgers scoreless in the third, fourth and fifth and his final line was a not-too-shabby five innings pitched, three hits allowed, two earned runs and three walks. His strikeout stuff wasn't there but it's good to see a rookie find a way to deal with things when his stuff isn't there.
The Rockies added one more in the fifth on an error that brought home Gerardo Parra for the second time. Then in the seventh Nolan Arenado put it out of reach with a two-run home run, which followed up a LeMahieu triple.
The Dodgers added three runs in the eighth and brought the tying run to the plate multiple times. Mainly due to Matt Carasiti's struggles the inning almost got out of hand, but after giving up a few of his inherited runners, Carlos Estevez was able to keep the game on the Rockies side. Again in the ninth, the tying run and even winning run came to the plate as the Dodgers rallied.
This time, it would hurt. Adam Ottavino allowed the ever-telling leadoff walk, he'd set down the next two but then walked Grandal. That's when things turned, Josh Reddick all-of-the-sudden was the winning run at the plate. He'd single and the next man, Joc Pederson walked. Leaving the bases loaded for rookie Andrew Toles. He took Ottavino deep for a grand slam and gave the Dodgers a 10-8 lead that Kenley Jansen would not relinquish.
"We used our back end guys in the first game so we're trying to stay off guys and it puts you in a tough position but the bottom line is we are up six with six outs to go. We have to win that game," Weiss told.
QUOTE OF THE GAME:
"This one really hurts, it puts a damper on the series win, I think we are all happy because we won the series but we're in a position where we can't give up games and when you have a chance to sweep you have to be able to sweep 'em. It is what it is, it's frustrating, but we're playing good ball, our starting pitching has been great but our bullpen has to come together."
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
The best story of the Rockies season perhaps, this guy went from playing in a town of 4,000 last year to playing in front of 40,000.
BY THE NUMBERS:
0 - Hoffman did not record a strikeout.
5 - Cardullo tallied five RBI today.
6 - Adames had six hits today.
8 - The Rockies bullpen allowed eight runs to score before they could make the final five outs.
The Rockies get a much-needed off day own Thursday ahead of a three-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks. First pitch on Friday is 6:40 p.m. MT and LHP Jorge De La Rosa (8-7, 5.09)
will the ball and face fellow LHP Robbie Ray (7-12, 4.28). Also of note, Tyler Chatwood will return from his injury on Saturday.