After Cody Bellinger hit a home run bouncing off David Dahl’s glove to score the first run of the first game between the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers, only one feeling came to mind. Oh no… here we go again. When the Dodgers won on Thursday night for the 12th straight game against the purple pinstripes, after a series in which Dodgers’ rookies hit three straight walk-offs, the outcome felt even more devastating.
On the Wikipedia page for the Colorado Rockies, it felt necessary to change the owner section from Dick Monfort to Dodgers, Bellinger & Co. But a funny thing happened in Game 2 against the Dodgers best pitcher to just boost enough morale against a team that has won the NL West six seasons in a row and are 11 games ahead of the Rockies. Pinball certainly summed up the early going in this series. It was time for the Rockies to be on the winning side of all those dingers and the ensuing chaos.
Game 1: Walker Buehler vs. Peter Lambert
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Before we get to that second game, the first one of the series was telling and it wasn’t all bad for the Rockies. After the Dodgers went up two quick runs early on back-to-back home runs, many of the Rockies younger core including Raimel Tapia, Ryan McMahon, Lambert got a hit and Garrett Hampson hit a two-out triple to tie it up. The lead changed so many times in this game, you might have understandably mistaken it with the Kentucky Derby.
While the starting pitching was much to be desired, the bullpen and specifically the closer became the most glaring problem in this game. After an epic collapse giving up a 13-10 in the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres, Wade Davis needed this pick-me up. Instead he gave up four runs in the top of the ninth to break the tie at eight a piece. Many have questioned, after these disappointing performances, if Davis should keep his job as closer. Fortunately there was room for redemption for both Colorado and Davis alike the rest of the series.