Dodgers 4, Rockies 0: Early dingers from Mookie & Freddie back Gavin Stone’s 5 shutout

On getaway day, the Dodgers started strong with bombs and then rode their pitching staff the rest of the way in a 4-0 victory over the Rockies. The win provided a series victory on the short homestand before they head back out East.


Well, the game started with a pleasant surprise, as the ice cold Mookie Betts led the game off with his ninth homer of the year, and later in the inning it was Freddie Freeman smashing his seventh to make it 2-0.

Freddie got a rally started in the 3rd by himself as well, walking to start the frame and then stealing second. Following an Andy Pages walk, offensive threat Miguel Rojas boosted his OPS to .800 with a single to plate Freddie and make it 3-0.

Granted, despite the runs, they did manage to strand a RISP in the first four innings. More things change, the more they remain the same.


All of that was in support of Gavin Stone, who didn’t have a single clean inning but never really felt in danger either. He issued a walk in the 1st, gave up a single in the 2nd, faced the minimum in the 3rd after a single was erased by a double play, and worked around a walk in the 4th.

In the 5th, he did give up a single and a double, but the latter only came after back-to-back botched double plays, so even then it was hard to say he wasn’t mostly rolling against the Rockies. Since he was on regular rest, the Dodgers played things safe with him: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 75 Pitches.

Michael Grove entered in the 6th and faced the minimum after erasing a walk with a double play, then followed with a clean frame in the 7th. Alex Vesia was tasked with the 8th, notching a pair of strikeouts in a scoreless frame.

Just when it looked like the Dodgers were about to get shutout after the 3rd, back-to-back singles from Jason Heyward and Austin Barnes to start the 8th began a rally. After a foul out falling into the netting advanced both runners, Shohei Ohtani was intentionally walked, and Freddie hit a sac fly with the bases loaded to bump the lead to 4-0.

That was enough for Daniel Hudson, who gave up a single but then notched a strikeout and induced a double play to end the game in style.



Padres32-30 (6.5 GB)
Giants29-30 (8 GB)*

*Either still playing or will play later.

The Dodgers get tomorrow off as they travel back to the East Coast again because the schedule maker hates them or something. They’ll be in Pittsburgh to play a series with the Pirates, starting at 12:40 PM HT/3:40 PM PT/6:40 PM ET with Tyler Glasnow matching up against Jared Jones.

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