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Dodgers Defeat Rockies Behind Big Bats



The Dodgers and Rockies kicked off a four-game series at Coors Field on Thursday evening. Ross Stripling came off of the disabled list to make the start against Tyler Anderson. The Mile High City lived up to it’s name in this one.

Stripling had gotten roughed up in the outings leading up to his DL stint, but he looked much better in this one. Chicken Strip tossed six innings and allowed just one earned run. He only struck out two batters and induced five groundballs.

Pedro Baez came on in relief and…let’s just say that it went much like you would expect in Denver. Baez allowed four runs to score, including a three-run shot courtesy of Chris Iannetta. Baez only got one out in this one, and his ERA is now all the way up to 4.14 on the year.

Caleb Ferguson came on after and cleaned up his mess. He tossed 1.2 innings of work and completely shut down the Rockies offense. Scott Alexander shut the game down in the ninth allowing just one hit.

The Offense

Chris Taylor got the offense going early with a sacrifice fly in the first to drive in Hernandez. That was it for the Dodgers offense until the 7th inning. Joc Pederson came on to hit for Hernandez, and took Scott Oberg deep to left field. Max Muncy came up two batters later and hit a ball in almost the same spot.

That put the Dodgers up until Baez came in the next inning. Luckily, Cody Bellinger found his swing and took Oh deep to right to tie the game up at five. Chris Taylor took Wade Davis deep in the 9th to give the Dodgers their permanent lead.

Brian Dozier added some insurance runs though, crushing a two-run shot deep to left off of Davis. It was Dozier’s third home run for Los Angeles in just eight games.

Looking Ahead

Kenta Maeda will take the hill for Los Angeles on Friday evening, facing off against Jon Gray. Maeda is coming off a rough outing where he gave up five earned runs to Houston. Gray meanwhile, is coming off one of his best outings of the season. He allowed just one run over eight innings of work against a good Milwaukee team.

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Roberts love affair with Pedro Baez has got to stop if the Dodgers are going to win the pennant. Baez just cannot go through an inning without giving up a home run.

  2. Pedro Baez is a bum. What blackmail info does he have on Roberts and the Dodgers organization that he is still on this roster? Unbelievable.

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