After extending their winning streak to six games Saturday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers looked to add to it and complete back-to-back series sweeps. Brandon McCarthy made his third start of the season Sunday as the Dodgers and Colorado Rockies concluded their three-game series.
McCarthy opened the game with a strikeout of Charlie Blackmon, then gave up a single to Carlos Gonzalez. Troy Tulowitzki nearly gave the Rockies an early lead on a deep fly ball to left field that Scott Van Slyke tracked down just shy of the wall. McCarthy ended the inning by striking out Justin Morneau.
Eddie Butler took the mound for the Rockies and got the Dodgers to go down quietly. Jimmy Rollins struck out after not being able to check his swing, while Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez both grounded out.
After getting a leadoff single from Nolan Aranado, the Rockies failed to advance him. Corey Dickerson popped out and McCarthy picked up his third strikeout of the afternoon after an eight-pitch battle with Michael McKenry. A Daniel Descalso fly out ended the inning.
Howie Kendrick’s line drive to center was good for a single and gave the Dodgers their first hit of the afternoon. Van Slyke broke the scoreless tie with an RBI double that Dickerson misplayed and allowed the ball to roll to the fence.
Joc Pederson followed with an RBI double of his own, shooting the ball down the left field line and the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead. Blackmon drew a one-out walk in the third, but soon after was thrown out by A.J. Ellis attempting to steal second base. McCarthy then got Gonzalez to strike out on a sinker.
Turner hit a two-out double in the bottom of the third, which gave Adrian Gonzalez the opportunity to add to his hot streak. However, the Dodgers first baseman uncharacteristically didn’t produce and grounded out to end the inning.
McCarthy only needed six pitches to get through the fourth in a quick and efficient inning. As for Butler, he also retired all three Dodger batters in order, but needed more pitches to do so.
The fifth began with McCarthy getting his fifth strikeout in the game with Dickerson as the victim this time around.
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