The Dodgers have dominated the Rockies in 2019, but fell short of their quest to get to 100 wins for just the 8th time in franchise history and fourth since moving to Los Angeles after a 4-2 loss.
Maybe it’s for the best.
After both teams wasted scoring chances in the 1st, the Rockies got on the board in the 2nd behind a solo shot from Ryan McMahon to make it 1-0. Things got worse for Walker Buehler in the 3rd, as the Rockies tacked on two more runs behind two singles, two steals, and a walk that upped their lead to 3-0.
While it took the bats a bit to get going, the offense did cut into the lead in the 4th. Cody Bellinger reached on an error by the pitcher and then scored on a slicing triple from Corey Seager. Russell Martin immediately plated Seager with a flare single the opposite way to make it 3-2.
After giving up a hit that scored a run in the 3rd, Buehler then went on a run of 11 batters where he allowed just a walk. However, that streak ended abruptly in the 7th when he surrendered another dinger, this time to Josh Fuentes (who?) to make it 4-2.
Julio Urias then entered in relief and promptly got three outs in three batters including a strikeout. Pedro Baez was up next in the 8th and he also got a scoreless frame, though thanks in large part to the defense. He allowed a single, hit a batter, and then gave up another single, but was saved from being charged with a run after Enrique Hernandez gunned the runner down from center.
Kenta Maeda started to close the book on the Rockies in the 9th, getting a fly out and a strikeout before being removed for Adam Kolarek, who finished the inning by inducing a ground out.
Not that it mattered much, as the real problem tonight was six hits and one walk against 10 strikeouts against one of the worst staffs in the majors.