Game 2: Hyun-Jin Ryu vs. Antonio Senzatela
This game could arguably be the most important of the season so far. Sure, it was more important getting out from under a 3-12 record, but the way the Dodgers are dominating this matchup lately, it was nice to get them out of their heads for a even a day. Bellinger had an off-night uncharacteristically but he did get the first run in, in what became a theme of the night. Daniel Murphy fielded a grounder from Bellinger but in a fielder’s choice threw off Max Muncy‘s back allowing the first run to score. More on that in a moment.
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If it wasn’t for an eight-run fifth inning off of Ryu, this would have been a bludgeoning. Senzatela didn’t necessarily pitch bad and hung in there with shaky defense behind him, but this team can’t expect to win giving up this many runs. Surprisingly the team has a +20 run differential. (As the national media would say… Coors). While the Rockies went up 10-5 at one point, thanks to rebound from Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon getting an MLB-record three or more hits in six-straight home games, it nearly all came crashing down in the eighth.
After a Muncy three-run homer in the sixth, Murphy mishandled the ball for the third time of the night in the penultimate inning. The track record for converting middle-infielders to first basemen at 20th and Blake is dwindling quickly. Thankfully Murphy added some insurance with a sac fly in the ninth with a Chris Iannetta double to lock this one down. Exercise those demons. Rockies beat the Dodgers 13-9 to avoid unlucky loss 13.