Game 4: Kenta Maeda vs. Chi Chi Gonzalez
What’s to be said about this one other than it’s best to forget. Gonzalez pitched well enough to win by mostly having command of his slider and sinker. He will need to command these more effectively though as his career goes forward to make a deeper impact on this rotation. Maeda pitched better than him for most of the outing but ran into the Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl buzzsaw just before they were both announced as All-Stars. None of that seemed to matter though just an inning later where the Dodgers scored six in the sixth. Chad Bettis and Jesus Tinoco were both ineffective, effectively killing the momentum the Rockies built earlier in the series.
At least the consecutive losing streak against the Dodgers is over. There is more momentum generated from this series than last which should propel them in the second half of the season. The Rockies must use the fact that they were in every game of this series and should have won it. Not dwelling on the Dodgers might be the biggest barometer of this team’s success the rest of the season.