Due to a rainout earlier in the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colrado Rockies have a doubleheader on Tuesday in Colorado. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly did not want to mess up the rotation, so long reliever and former Rockie Juan Nicasio made his first start of the season in the first game. He was opposed by left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, who made his seventh start of the season.
Joc Pederson struck out to begin the game, as he attempted to bunt with two strikes and it went foul. De La Rosa then got another strike out and a groundout to end the inning. Nicasio then came out in the bottom of the first throwing hard, and he matched De La Rosa retiring the side in order, striking out one.
With two outs in the top of the second, Alex Guerrero launched a ground-rule double to left-center. Kiké Hernandez followed that with a single to right, but Carlos Gonzalez threw a strike to home plate to get Guerrero and end the inning. The bottom of the second started with a double to right-center by Nolan Arenado. He later scored on a two-out infield single by Daniel Descalso, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead through two.
Austin Barnes started off the third with a walk. Then with one out Pederson launched a deep home run to right-center to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.
Recently acquired left-hander Ian Thomas took over for Nicasio in the bottom of the third. Thomas gave up a two-out walk to Gonzalez, but nothing else as Arenado popped out to end the inning. After the Dodgers went down in order, Thomas gave up a double and then a homer to Michael McKenry to start the bottom of the fourth, and the Rockies took a 3-2 into the fifth.
Thomas ignited a bit of a two-out rally in the top of the fifth, as he and Pederson both walked. Chris Heisey then singled to load up the bases for Adrian Gonzalez. De La Rosa then walked Gonzalez, and Thomas came home to score the tying run. However, the rally ended there as Howie Kendrick struck out to end the inning.
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