DENVER – The Colorado Rockies had every opportunity to win the opener of their four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, getting a fantastic outing from Tyler Anderson and some key timely hits, including a big blast from Chris Iannetta. But the bullpen absolutely imploded in the late going, surrendering seven runs on five home runs in the final three innings.

That kicked the game away, handing a divisional battle to their opponents by a score of 8-5.

Starters Anderson and Ross Stripling each brought their best stuff leaving the game to be decided in the late innings.

The Dodgers drew first blood by scratching out a run against Anderson in the second. Enrique Hernandez hit one of the few hard line drives against the Rockies starter all evening, finding space in left enough to reach second base for a double. He managed to third when Anderson was paying more attention to hitter Chris Taylor than he was to the runner.

That ended up being big when Taylor managed to flare a soft liner into shallow-but-just-deep-enough center to score Hernandez ahead of Charlie Blackmon’s throw.

Colorado struck back in the fourth with a two-out mini-rally. Carlos Gonzalez watched six pitches—all well out of the zone but two called for strikes—drawing a walk. Nolan Arenado, who had recorded the only hit against Stripling to that point, worked into a full count which allowed the runner to be put in motion. Stripling challenged Arenado under those circumstances and it did not pay off for him.

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Drew Creasman

Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of   Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition.   Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization.   A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts.   Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series.   The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.   One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close.   Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party.   The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.