A lot of regular-season losses to the Dodgers could make this list, but some were just more winnable than others, like the extra-inning bummer on September 18.
It was Kershaw versus Freeland, baseball’s Manning versus Brady or GGG vs Alvarez. And both pitchers were excellent as advertised, doing their jobs as staff aces and setting this game up for late-inning drama.
The Dodgers got some timely help from third-base umpire Lance Barrett. But the Rockies did not help themselves either, as the offense sprinkled just four hits throughout the game. One of those was in the top of the ninth, as Gerardo Parra singled and stole a base to get the leadoff man in scoring position.
But even advancing Parra to third was a tall task for the road Rockies of September, as a strikeout, shallow pop-up and groundout ended the threat.
In extra innings, Chris Taylor homered off Adam Ottavino in the bottom of the 10th. It was not a particularly good final stretch for Ottavino as he also took the 3-2, extra-innings loss in the first game of the NLDS.