After it was all said and done, the Los Angeles Dodgers played through another marathon of a game in the last two weeks. However, this time the results didn’t turn out in their favor.
After 16 innings of baseball, the Colorado Rockies won 5-4, to give them a split of the first two games in the series heading into Wednesday’s rubber match. Given the five-hour, 23-minute game, it may be easy to forget Brett Anderson began the night on the mound for the Dodgers.
The southpaw tossed six innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits. Anderson also recorded seven strikeouts to just two walks in the no-decision. “It was a while ago,” he quipped when asked to assess his first outing in nine days.
“Having not pitched in a while, it was pretty good. I gave up a couple hard hit balls to Arenado, but he’s one of the best hitters in the world right now. Other than that, they scored three on a blooper, infield single and a couple ground balls.”
Not being able to keep to their normal routine can be dissatisfying for some, but Anderson understood the situation given his injury history. “When everything is going good, you like to ride the wave and hopefully get on a normal routine,” he said.
“I understand getting extra rest with the cramp and then me having made a bunch of starts and throwing more innings than I’ve thrown in a while. Get this little extra time and hopefully get on a routine. I’ll be ready whenever they tell me to pitch.”
Anderson was removed in the sixth inning of his Sept. 6 start against the San Diego Padres due to a cramp in his left calf. As for the rain that seems to follow the 27 year old, Anderson joked conditions will likely be the same should he pitch at Coors Field in the late-September series.
“For some reason when we play the Rockies and I pitch, it seems to rain all the time,” he said. “I’m sure the forecast when we go there will have rain if I’m pitching.” Tuesday’s game, which carried into the early-morning hours of Wednesday, also provided Anderson with more reason for changes to be made.
“Right now, I’m a huge advocate. This game and the game against the Angels, where it seems like it’s almost pitch-by-pitch with guys coming in,” he said.
“I would like something to be done. Like I said, baseball is boring as it is, let alone when there’s a pitching change every two seconds and 40 guys play and 20 pitchers pitch. That’s not for me to decide, but my personal opinion, I’d like to shrink it a little bit at least.”
On the season Anderson is 9-8 with a 3.35, 3.82 FIP, 112 ERA+, and 1.30 WHIP. Since the start of May he’s gone at least five innings in all but one of his last 24 outings.