The Los Angeles Dodgers began a pivotal three-game set with the Colorado Rockies Monday; at least however pivotal a series can be in June.
Led by four hits from Dee Gordon, the Dodgers scored six runs and collected 15 hits en route to a win over the Rockies. Gordon not only got the Dodgers on the board in the third inning, he also ignited the Dodger Stadium crowd.
With one out and the game tied, Gordon smacked a hit down the left field line and as he’s been so often this season, he was off to the races. Gordon rounded first and made his way towards second base only to keep going to third, where he still wouldn’t stop.
Rockies left fielder Charlie Blackmon booted the ball as he came to field it near wall, which allowed Gordon to take third. Blackmon then bobbled it and Gordon was waived home to complete his trip around the bases. The official score on the play was a triple and error on Blackmon, and though not overly upset with the ruling, Gordon believed he had an inside-the-park-home run, via ESPN LA:
I thought it was an inside-the-park homer, to be honest, because I didn’t think he touched it,” said Gordon, who had four hits. “It just scooted away from him. But it is what it is, and I’ll be all right with what I got.”
While Gordon may not been awarded his third home run of the season, it was his seventh triple, which leads the Majors. Gordon also has a league-leading 36 stolen bases; 11 more than second-place Billy Hamilton of the Cincinnati Reds.
In his fourth season with the Dodgers, the 26-year-old has made a near seamless transition from shortstop to second base and shored up a position that was considered a major question mark heading into the season. Gordon’s speed and range has helped him complete impressive plays for a defense that has often been subpar.
Gordon finished Monday’s game 4-for-4 with the triple, two runs scored and one walk. The Dodgers’ win pulled them within six games of the San Francisco Giants and it snapped the Rockies’ five-game winning streak.
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