Colorado Rockies: News and Notes from Saturday
The Colorado Rockies suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night at Coors Field behind a dominating performance from starting pitcher Kenta Maeda.
Maeda took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before DJ LeMahieu singled to center field to break up the attempted no-no. Maeda would allow just three Colorado hits in 6.1 innings of work as he lowered his ERA for the season to 0.36. The Japanese product struck out eight and walked just one.
Much like Jon Gray on Friday night, the Dodgers roughed up Colorado’s starting pitcher, Tyler Chatwood, early. Chatwood gave up three runs in the game’s first two innings, including a two-run blast from A.J. Ellis.
Chatwood surrendered six hits in four innings of work as the Dodgers forced him to often go deep in the count, elevating his pitch count to 95 before his night was done. In contrast, Maeda threw 94 pitches in his 6.1 innings.
Colorado’s lone run of the night came in the seventh as Brandon Barnes, one of the heroes of Friday’s victory, doubled in Ben Paulsen.
⇒ After being placed on the 7-day concussion list on April 14, Colorado catcher Nick Hundley is taking steps toward coming back to the Rockies. He will start a two-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque to see how he responds after taking a hard foul off the facemask in a game against the San Francisco Giants.
Hundley will wear a new padded helmet to ensure he doesn’t suffer any more concussion symptoms with future foul tips.
Provided Hundley doesn’t suffer a setback, it’s expected he will be activated in time for Monday’s series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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⇒ Charlie Blackmon has also been out since April 14, battling turf toe. The Colorado Rockies leadoff man and center fielder has appeared to moving around well in pregame workouts and shed his walking boot before the Dodgers series began. He’s expected to be back sooner after his 15-day DL time runs out.