Hunting for the sweep against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Colorado Rockies were not able to resort to the methods that got them their first two wins of the series on Sunday afternoon. The bullpen, which worked only one inning in both of the previous two games, assumed control of the game in the fourth. They paced with the Dodgers staff until the eighth but were ultimately undone by a big game from Matt Kemp.
Where Tyler Anderson and German Marquez put up back-to-back eight-inning performances to secure the first two victories, game three’s starter Chad Bettis exited after the third inning with a hot spot (or, developing blister) on his right middle finger. It is the second time this season he has had issues with developing hot spots.
In his short start, Bettis recorded twos all around: runs allowed, hits, walks and strikeouts. Early on he had issues locating, hitting Chris Taylor in a 3-2 count with a pitch in the first Dodgers plate appearance of the game and following that with a four-pitch walk to Max Muncy. But, he limited damage, keeping Los Angeles hitless in four at-bats with runners in scoring position.