Several hours after the grounds crew at Coors Field worked to shovel the overnight snow that fell, the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers began play with temperature in the 40s Sunday afternoon.
In the latest “three true outcomes” watch for Joc Pederson, the rookie center fielder was struck out by Jorge De La Rosa to open the game. Jimmy Rollins worked a 3-0 count and thought he’d walked on ball four, but the pitch was called a strike and he returned to the plate.
Rollins ended up grounding out and Howie Kendrick’s two-out single didn’t start a rally as Adrian Gonzalez went down swinging to end the inning. Clatyon Kershaw picked up a pair of strikeouts to complete a scoreless first inning.
Alex Guerrero hit a leadoff double in the second and he moved to third base on Chris Heisey’s base hit. The Dodgers then took an early 1-0 lead on Kiké Hernandez’s grounder that Nolan Arenado made a stop on and got an out at second base.
De La Rosa ended the inning by inducing A.J. Ellis to hit into a double play. Kershaw sailed through the bottom of the second, getting a pair of grounders and his third strikeout of the game. Rollins attempted to bunt his way on base with two outs in the third, but was out on De La Rosa’s barehanded catch of Wilin Rosario’s toss.
The Dodgers challenged the ruling at first base, which was upheld after replay review. Drew Stubbs went down looking in the bottom of the third for Kershaw’s fourth strikeout of the game and 1,500th of his career.
Rafael Ynoa then broke up the Dodger left-hander’s no-hitter with a chopper over Kershaw’s head for an infield single. Ynoa moved into scoring position on De La Rosa’s sacrifice bunt, but it would be to no avail as Charlie Blackmon popped out and the Dodgers maintained a 1-0 lead.
Gonzalez hit one-out double on the first pitch of his at-bat in the fourth and De La Rosa began to battle control issues after striking out Guerrero. Heisey and Hernandez both drew walks to load the bases, and De La Rosa walked Ellis to plate a run for the Dodgers.
Kershaw issued a leadoff walk to DJ LeMahieu in the bottom of the fourth and Troy Tulowitzki followed with a bloop single to right field. After Arenado’s fly out left runners on the corners with one out, Rosario’s RBI single got the Rockies on the board and pulled them to within a run of the Dodgers.
Nick Hundley then hit an RBI single, extending his hitting streak to 12 games and tying the game at 2-2. Stubbs worked a long at-bat before reaching on a tapper out in front of home plate to load the bases. Ynoa hit a slower roller up the first base line that Gonzalez fielded and stepped on the bag before firing home in attempt to turn an inning-ending double play.
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