Colorado Rockies Sweep Los Angeles Dodgers Behind Offensive Outburst


Sep 27, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher C. Rusin (52) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers played the final game of the 2015 season at Coors Field on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in downtown Denver.  

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The Colorado Rockies prevented the Los Angeles Dodgers from claiming the National League West title this weekend at Coors Field, sweeping the boys in blue with a 12-5 victory on Sunday afternoon in downtown Denver behind lots of offense and just enough pitching.

The Dodgers scored first on an uncharacteristic fielding error by Nolan Arenado, but the Colorado Rockies would get the run back immediately in the bottom of the second inning when Rafael Ynoa doubled home Corey Dickerson.

The Dodgers put up three runs in the top of the third, highlighted by an RBI single from Scott Van Slyke, and two RBI groundouts from A.J. Ellis and Alex Guerrero. That put Los Angeles up 4-1 on a day where had they won — and the San Francisco Giants lost — they could’ve clinched the National League West.

But the Rockies weren’t done by any means, and another run in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI single from Wilin Rosario off Alex Wood made the game slightly closer at 4-2.

Then, in the bottom of the fourth, the Rockies took a resounding lead with a four-spot off Wood. It started when a run scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of DJ LeMahieu, and then Nolan Arenado hit a three-run home run — one day after he hit a grand slam against the Dodgers — the Rockies took a 6-4 lead after four full innings.

The Rockies built that lead with three more runs in the bottom of the sixth, and it all started with a squeeze bunt from LeMahieu that scored Tom Murphy.

From there, Arenado hit a sacrifice fly and Carlos Gonzalez knocked an RBI single to make the game 9-4, pushing the Rockies ahead five runs with just nine outs left to get to complete the clean three-game sweep.

The Rockies put up three more in the bottom of the eighth, again in part thanks to an RBI single from Arenado, as well as one from Kyle Parker to make the game 12-4, and fully put it out of reach for the Dodgers. Then, in the top of the ninth, the Dodgers did get a run back on Carl Crawford’s ground rule double, but by then the game was long finished.

With the sweep, the Rockies are now 66-90 with six games remaining this season. After a Monday off-day, the Colorado Rockies head to Arizona for three games, and then San Francisco for three more to wrap up the 2015 baseball season.

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