After a much-hyped series against the Padres seemed to end with a whimper due to the Dodgers winning it, the best team in baseball moved on to Colorado to try and escape Coors Field without any injuries.
They managed to do that, and for good measure also cruised to an easy 9-3 victory.
Julio Urias started for the Dodgers and continued his trend of being terrible in the 1st inning. Julio surrendered two singles, a double, and a sac fly for two runs in the inning. He then retired 13 in a row before a runner reached in the 6th on an error and he got two more outs after that before being removed.
His line on the night was solid: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 77 Pitches
If he can ever get over his debut inning issues, he’ll be a worthy playoff rotation guy, but he hasn’t quite done it yet.
In the 7th, the Dodgers put up a crooked number for the lead. With one down, Enrique Hernandez doubled and Edwin Rios walked, which was followed by a Mookie Betts single right back up the middle to make it 3-2.
Corey Seager then followed with a double, crushed to the deepest part of the park to make it 4-2.
Seriously, Smith could have around 2 WAR right now and it’s a wide open race with the sample sizes being so small.
Anyway, the 7th was still going on, and Tony Wolters was having a disaster. After Bellinger walked, he and Smith advanced on a passed ball, and when CT3 walked, Cody scored on a wild pitch that was really a passed ball to make it 8-2.
On the other side of things, Dylan Floro took over for Urias in the 6th, getting the final out of the inning. He also started the 7th, getting two strikeouts, but also allowing single and being victimized by a Muncy throwing error. He exited and made way for Joe Kelly, fresh off his injury and suspension, getting a ground out to escape the inning.
In the 8th, Wade Davis returned and was immediately greeted by Edwin Rios lining a homer to right for an 9-2 lead.
In the 8th, the Dodgers turned to Adam Kolarek, who got two outs but also gave up a towering dong to Trevor Story to make it 9-3. That led to Josh Sborz entering and getting out of the inning. He continued in the 9th and cruised through a 1-2-3 frame to end it.
The Dodgers are now 36-15 on the year, a 114-win pace, and with the Padres idle they hold a lead of 4 games in the NL West.
The Dodgers and Rockies do it again tomorrow at 2:10 PM HST/5:10 PM PST/8:10 PM EST. It’ll be a pen game for the Dodgers against Ryan Castellani.