Cody Bellinger took his hot-hitting ways to the mile-high city as the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 10-6 to start their first road trip of the 2019 season. Even with Kenta Maeda (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO) struggling to find his grip on the mound, the Dodgers’ top-ranked offense in MLB took advantage of the thin air in Colorado.
Higher Altitude, More Runs
Bellinger is showing signs of the player the Dodgers drafted him to be, as his bat is swinging through the strike zone with more contact and power. In his sixth home run this season, it plated three runs to extended the Dodgers lead over the Rockies, 6-1.
It took Cody Bellinger 41 games & 156 ABs to his his 1st 6 HRs in 2018. He's accomplished it in just 8 games & 35 ABs this season. Incredible #Dodgers
— Rick Krajewski (@Rick_K21) April 5, 2019
Prior to Bellinger’s home run in the fifth inning, Justin Turner and Corey Seager showed signs of their bats coming to life. Seager (2 H, 1 BB, 1 RBI) brought in the first run of the game with a line drive single to center in the third inning, while Turner (2 H, 1 RBI) scorched a two-run double into right-center field.
With the thin air in Colorado, most of the Dodgers’ starting lineup contributed to the 10 runs on 13 hits. In the 13 L.A. hits, one of them wasn’t a double by Max Muncy — who was shy of a double to complete the cycle.
Shaky Pitching in Late Innings
Brock Stewart, much like the rest of the Dodgers’ bullpen, can’t catch a break. In 2/3 of an inning pitched, Stewart gave up three runs on the bat of a Trevor-Story home run. In each of his three appearances this season, so far, Stewart has given up at least two earned-runs. His ERA sits at 18.00.
Joe Kelly entered the game to close out the Dodgers 10-4 lead, but was promptly removed after he took a sharp ground ball that seemingly got a piece of his pitching hand. Yimi Garcia took over for Kelly and promptly gave up solo home runs to David Dahl and Trevor Story.
Garcia’s shaky outing led to closer Kenley Jansen lightly beginning to warm up in the bottom of the 9th, but thankfully he did not have to enter the game.
Walker Buehler (0-0, 15.00 ERA) takes on Jon Gray (0-1, 4.05 ERA) at 5pm.