A five-run third helped pave the way to an 11-6 victory for the Los Angeles Dodgers (35-27) on Thursday, as they took advantage of Jeff Hoffman being a pretty terrible pitcher.
Just one of the Dodgers’ 10 hits went for extra bases, a third-inning double by Corey Seager. Instead, the Colorado Rockies (28-34) walked 11 (!) batters in the game, with all four allowing at least two in their appearances.
The main beneficiary was Will Smith, who finished 2-for-2 with 3 RBIs, a run scored and a trio of walks in the game. Seager and Joc Pederson also took a pair of free passes, while Justin Turner and the pitcher’s spot were the only ones to fail to draw a walk. The Dodgers’ 3-4-5-6 hitters, Code Bellinger, Mookie Botts, Matrix Muncy and Seager all scored twice apiece in the game.
“It’s nice to come out on top (against those dogshit Rockies) today,” said Muncy, with no editorializing from the author.
Julio Urias worked his way through 5 1/3 IP, allowing five runs on seven hits and one walk, while striking out eight. After Charlie Blackmon tied the game at 2 with an RBI single in the third, the Dodgers finally took full advantage of Hoffman’s inability to pitch well.
Lasting just 2 1/3 IP, Hoffman allowed seven runs on seven hits and four walks as his ERA rose to 6.71. Seager drove in two with his double, before Wes Parsons calmed things down for a few innings. Wade Davis and Scott Oberg entered late and each gave up a pair of runs while combining for just three innings. Oberg particularly struggled, walking three in the eighth in addition to allowing a hit.
Meanwhile the Dodgers’ bullpen mostly picked up the slack from Urias’ mediocre outing, at least after Brandon Kintzler gave up his run in his lone inning of work. Blake Treinen, Joe Kelly and the newly acquired Richard Rodriguez combined for 2 2/3 scoreless innings to wrap up the day.
Rodriguez seemed to be activated thanks to a few moves, with the Dodgers sending Tuesday’s starter/opener/other member of the bad bullpen Zach McAllister to the 15-day IL and shifting completely rigged by the simulation Jimmy Nelson to the 60-day IL.
Clayton Kershaw and Antonio Senzatela are the pitching matchup for Friday. Better win that one, too.