The Los Angeles Dodgers reached the end of their seven-game road trip Wednesday, but because it’s the kind of luck they’ve had, first pitch was delayed by two hours and 10 minutes due to inclement weather.
Once play began the Dodgers were quietly put away by Chad Bettis in the first inning. His strikeouts of Joc Pederson and Adrian Gonzalez were bookended by a nice play by Nolan Arenado at third base to rob Justin Turner of a hit. Looking to bounce back from a mixed performance in his last start, Mike Bolsinger caught some bad luck in the first inning.
Charlie Blackmon led off by legging out a double and with one out, broke for third base. Bolsinger noticed the outfielder on the move and threw over to Turner in time for the out. However, the Dodger right-hander was called for a balk by home plate umpire, which appeared to be the incorrect call based on television replay.
Bolsinger’s attempt to protest the balk was ill-fated and Troy Tulowitzki promptly hit an RBI single to center, giving the Rockies a 1-0 lead before Bolsinger got out of the inning. After Howie Kendrick hit a leadoff single in the second, Brandon Barnes robbed Andre Ethier of at least an extra-base hit by making a leaping catch in front of the left field wall.
The game then entered another rain delay, though it only last 16 minutes. Play resumed with Yasmani Grandal bouncing an innocent single into right field that turned into much more for the Dodgers. Carlos Gonzalez’s throw to third in attempt to nail Kendrick bounced by Arenado and rolled into the Dodgers’ dugout, allowing Kendrick to score and Grandal to move to third.
Alex Guerrero drew a one-out walk to put runners on the corners and just as soon as the Dodgers were lucky, they were unlucky. Jimmy Rollins grounded to Ben Paulsen, who stepped on first and threw to second. Guerrero was tagged out before Grandal could score and the game remained tied at 1-1.
After Bolsinger sat the Rockies down in order in the second, Pederson was hit by a pitch with one out in the third. Putting a man on didn’t hurt Bettis as he struck out Turner and got Adrian Gonzalez to fly out. Boslinger issued a back-to-back walks with one out in the bottom of the third, then got out of trouble on a groundout and strikeout.
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