After a 16-inning marathon Tuesday night that ended in a 6-5 loss, the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Colorado Rockies in the rubber match of their three game series at Dodger Stadium. Going into Wednesday night’s game that featured left-handed pitchers Alex Wood and Jorge De La Rosa, the Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the National League West sat at 11.
Wood came out looking sharp needing just 10 pitches to retire the Rockies in order in the top of the first, including striking out Tuesday night’s hero, Nolan Arenado. Justin Ruggiano, who has been swinging a hot bat lately, kept pace with a two-out triple in the bottom of the first on a ball that went over Charlie Blackmon on his leaping attempt at a catch.
The Dodgers were not able to capitalize though as De La Rosa struck out Corey Seager to end the inning. Wood gave up a two-out single in the second, but once again needed just 10 pitches to retire the side. The Dodgers then got on the board first, as A.J. Ellis led off the bottom of the second with a home run to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.
The third inning was another perfect one for Wood, who got a strikeout and induced two groundouts. The Dodgers also went down in order to complete the third.
Despite a base hit by Seager and a walk by Ellis in the bottom of the fourth, the Dodgers were not able to add to their lead and the score remained 1-0 through four. Wood continued to sail in the fifth as he again set the Rockies down in order, striking out Ben Paulsen to end the inning.
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