Down 3-0 after the first inning and 4-1 after three frames, the Colorado Rockies looked to be headed for yet another road loss, this time at the hands at the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Le’s face it, playing in Los Angeles hasn’t been kind to the Rockies in recent memory … or playing against the Dodgers anywhere hasn’t been that great for that matter. Since the start of the 2018 season, heading into the series opener on Friday, the Rockies were 16-43 against the Dodgers.
Well, after some late-inning on Friday night/Saturday morning, the Rockies improved on that mark with a 9-6, 10-inning win.
There was plenty that went on in a game that had more ups and downs for the two teams in late innings than Space Mountain. There is plenty to dive into, but let’s briefly hit some of the highlights.
Here are 3 numbers to know from the Colorado Rockies’ comeback win over the Los Angeles Dodgers
That’s the number of consecutive road wins for the Rockies now, with the first two coming just before the All-Star break in San Diego when Colorado captured its first road series of the season by taking two of three from the Padres.
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The recent play is a complete turnaround for a team that is just 10-34 away from Denver. However, it’s a positive sign that the Rockies hit four home runs against L.A. pitching on Friday night. Heading into the game, Colorado had hit just 25 homers on the road all season.
That’s the number of home runs that Sam Hilliard has hit in his career at Chavez Ravine (spanning 34 at-bats), including his monumental pinch-hit homer on Friday night with two outs in the ninth inning. Compare that to the eight total homers that Hilliard has hit in his career at Coors Field (111 at-bats), and you can see why Hilliard can join Randy Newman in singing about his love for the City of Angels.
And can we just take a moment to appreciate the bat flip that Hilliard provided after his dramatic, game-saving shot deep over the right field wall?
That’s the number of pitches it took Rockies closer Daniel Bard to get through a ninth inning that was a horror show and a thing of beauty, all in the span of three outs.
Bard opened the ninth by giving up consecutive singles, then walking consecutive batters to force in a run and tie the game at 6-6.
From there, however, the right-hander locked in.
With the bases loaded and no one out and Dodgers fans ready to celebrate a win, Bard struck out the next three batters he faced to keep the game tied and set the stage for Colorado to capture the win in the 10th.
By the way, the 38 pitches are the most Bard has thrown in a single outing since making his return to baseball with the Rockies last season.