Dodgers 11, Rockies 9: A Jason Heyward grand slam & Teoscar Hernandez 3-run homer completes a 7-run 9th inning comeback win

I had a simple recap written because I assumed the Dodgers would lose in a typical Coors Field mess, and was simply updating the score until the 9th.

Well, then that 9th happened and the Dodgers completed an improbable comeback victory with a seven-run rally powered by a pair of big blasts from Jason Heyward and Teoscar Hernandez to make it a 11-9 victory over the Rockies.

What a game.


First things first, Walker Buehler is not having a fun time, as the results are getting worse and not better. Today was arguably his worst yet, though it was Coors: 4 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 70 Pitches.

That taxed the pen a bit as Anthony Banda got an inning, then Yohan Ramirez got a frame but gave up a run, and Michael Petersen (making his MLB debut) got the last two innings but gave up a run as well to make it nine for the Rockies in total.

Those pen runs didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but they ended up being quite significant given the comeback that followed.


For the most part, the game remained within what I call “Coors Field striking distance” despite the nine runs given up.

That was because Andy Pages socked his eighth homer in the 2nd, Chris Taylor tripled and scored on a Shohei Ohtani groundout in the 3rd, and Ohtani slugged his 20th dinger of the year in the 6th.

They even got really close to rallying with two outs in the 7th for a tie, as Enrique Hernandez drew a walk and Miguel Vargas doubled in a run. After a CT3 walk, up came Ohtani again, and he smoked a ball with a pair on but Brenton Doyle robbed him of at least a triple and two RBI.

That seemed to prove hugely important for a while, as the Dodgers rallied in the 9th. A Pages walk was followed by a Miguel Rojas single, and after a strikeout, Miguel Vargas then walked to load things up. That put Jason Heyward at the plate and he smashed a grand slam to make it 9-8.

After that, Ohtani singled to restart the rally, and then Will Smith had a weird strikeout on a 3-2 count where he wanted time but didn’t get it and took strike three. Regardless, a wild pitch followed that advanced Ohtani to second, which led to an intentional walk to Freddie Freeman.

Because there wasn’t enough drama, a controversial check swing from Teoscar Hernandez with two strikes led to a Bud Black ejection.

Hilariously, on the very next pitch Teoscar belted a three-run, game-winning homer that made it 11-9.

What an honestly insane rally.

Alex Vesia and Evan Phillips combined in the 9th for the save, with the former getting two outs (and issuing a walk) and the latter getting the final out.

Wild wild game fit for Coors.


Diamondbacks36-37 (9 GB)

*Either still playing or will play later.

Same thing again tomorrow at 2:40 PM HT/5:40 PM PT/8:40 PM ET with Bobby Miller making a hopefully triumphant return against Ryan Feltner.

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