After an ugly loss to start the series at Satan Field, the Dodgers rebounded impressively in what was essentially a pen game against the Rockies, emerging victorious by a 9-4 score.
The scoring got started immediately as A.J. Pollock homered on the second pitch of the game for an early advantage.
After Corey Seager singled and advanced to second on a ground out, Cody Bellinger drove him in with a single to center. Following a Tyler White walk, Bellinger scored when Alex Verdugo beat out a double-play attempt and the ball was thrown away to make it 3-0.
The fireworks continued in the 2nd, as Russell Martin and new acquisition Kristopher Negron went back-to-back to make it 5-0.
The 3rd started in similar quick fashion. A Justin Turner walk and a Bellinger double set the stage, and White singled into center to drive in a pair and make it 7-0.
The scoring was completed in the 4th, as Pollock reached on a walk and then JT homered to left to make it 9-3.
Of course there was a three there because starter Julio Urias hit a bump in the road in the 3rd. He had a runner on third after a triple but also had two outs in the inning. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get the final out as he surrendered a double and a single that got past Verdugo for a two-base error. Urias gave up six hits and a walk in 2.2 innings, surrendering three runs (two earned) and striking out three.
Casey Sadler took over and immediately allowed a double to plate the third run, but was otherwise great. He went 2.1 scoreless, giving up just a walk more and striking out two.
But it was Tony Gonsolin that was most impressive in relief, however. He went 3.2 perfect innings before seemingly tiring in the 9th, as he surrendered two singles and a double in succession to account for a run. However, he struck out three and certainly seemed like a candidate to be effective in short bursts in relief.
The Dodgers improve to 70-39 on the season, and they are the first team to 70 wins.
The rubber match of the series will be tomorrow afternoon at 9:10 AM HST/12:10 PM PST/3:10 PM EST with Hyun-Jin Ryu facing German Marquez.