The Los Angeles Dodgers looked to leave some frustration behind as they began a four-game series with the Colorado Rockies Monday. It was the third time this season Clayton Kershaw faced the Rockies, with the same holding true for Kyle Kendrick and his number of outings against the Dodgers in 2015.
Joc Pederson opened the game with a fly out to center and Justin Turner grounded to third for two quick outs in the inning. Adrian Gonzalez found the right-center field gap for a double, but nothing would come of it as Howie Kendrick fouled out.
Charlie Blackmon returned the favor to Pederson by flying to center for the first out in the bottom of the inning. DJ LeMahieu worked a full count and drew a one-out walk before Kershaw went on to retire the next two batters faced.
Andre Ethier led off the second inning with a solo home run that gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. The home run was Ethier’s seventh of the season and wound up being one of two the Dodgers hit in the inning as Jimmy Rollins later blasted a solo shot over the high fence in right field. Pederson followed Kershaw’s two-out single with a strikeout to end the inning.
Brandon Barnes hit a two-out single to left field that Kiké Hernandez made a nice sliding stop on to prevent Barnes from taking an extra base. The inning came to an end on Rafael Ynoa’s slow roller that required Gonzalez to dig out a low throw from Turner.
Perhaps benefitting from the sun shining on right field, Gonzalez reached on a one-out base hit in the third. Kendrick then caught a break as Howie Kendrick lined to LeMahieu, who then doubled up Gonzalez at first base to end the third.
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