In what was his final audition for a spot on the postseason roster, Roberto Hernandez had mixed results Friday as the Los Angeles Dodgers began a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies.
Hernandez gave up a leadoff single in the first inning, then faced a situation with two on and one out before getting Michael Cuddyer to ground into a double play. Dee Gordon helped get the Dodgers going early with a double in the bottom of the first, which was followed by Yasiel Puig’s RBI single.
The Dodgers’ 1-0 lead didn’t last long, however not entirely a result of poor pitching from Hernandez. Rockies starter Jordan Lyles led off the third inning with a double, and Charlie Blackmon dropped a bunt down the third base line and Juan Uribe let roll, only to watch it stay fair.
Rafael Ynoa hit a tailor-made double play grounder to Gordon, who bobbled it, which allowed the Rockies to tie the game and for both runners to be safe. Hernandez then picked off Blackmon from second base and promptly followed it by allowing a two-run home run to Justin Morneau.
Gordon hit a ball off Lyles’ foot that shot into left field and the Dodger second baseman had his second double of the game. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, Puig was called out on strikes and the Dodgers trailed 3-1 at the end of three innings.
The Rockies had one runner reach in both the fourth and fifth innings, but neither would advance past first base. Meanwhile, Lyles sat the Dodgers down in order in both the fourth and fifth. After getting the second out with the bases loaded, Hernandez was replaced by Scott Elbert to face Blackmon.
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