For a follow-up act to their Opening Day win, the Dodgers played a tight, back-and-forth game against the Rockies tonight, eventually falling 3-2.
Tony Gonsolin starting the second game of the season is a surprise, and things didn’t get off to his ideal start with a trio of singles capped off by Ryan McMahon plating a run, though in large part due to Austin Barnes dropping Mookie Betts‘ strike to home.
His night was done after working out of minor trouble in the 2nd and 3rd, laboring through with 62 pitches: 3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K.
On the other side was Marquez, who unfortunately looked pretty great. He allowed just three baserunners on the night, all three were hits, and fortunately one of them was a Barnes homer that tied the game at 1-1.
Obviously there wasn’t much traffic for the Dodgers against him, as he faced just two at-bats with runners in scoring position on the night in a rather dominating showing.
Meanwhile, Tyler Anderson made his Dodger debut at his old stomping grounds, getting six outs in a row to start. However, the 6th started with a single, a ground out advanced the runner, which was followed by a wild pitch to get a runner on third, and then Connor Joe came up with a key single to drive a run in and make it 2-1.
Anderson ended up going longer than Gonsolin and pitched very well: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB (1 HBP), 4 K, 59 Pitches.
The Rockies turned to Alex Colome to protect their one-run lead in the 8th, and he labored. It took seven pitches to strikeout Cody Bellinger, and he lost an eight-pitch battle to Gavin Lux, who singled. He then went 3-1 to Barnes, who dunked a ball into shallow right-center, and Lux got a great read to put runners on the corners. Mookie then promptly dunked a single of his own over the shortstop for a Coors Field single to tie the game at 2-2.
After Freddie Freeman got chants from the “home” crowd, he hit a ball to the wall in center that fell just short. Trea Turner followed with an infield single, and Colome exited after 32 pitches with the bases loaded.
To maintain the tie, Treinen was given the bottom of the 8th and he looked on his way, starting with a three-pitch strikeout and then a five-pitch strikeout. Treinen then got Joe down 1-2 and hung a cutter, which was deposited into the stands for a 3-2 lead. He came back to strike out the last hitter, but the damage was done.
Daniel Bard was then tasked with the save and he looked good in striking out the side.
Justin Turner putting his body on the line early.
The Dodgers fall to 1-1.