After Clayton Kershaw battled through seven innings to help get the Los Angeles Dodgers a win over the Colorado Rockies in the series opener, Brett Anderson took the mound Tuesday in his first start since being removed early on Sept. 6 due to a cramp in his calf.
The Colorado Rockies put Anderson’s mobility and agility to the test early as Charlie Blackmon and Jose Reyes reached on consecutive bunt singles in the first inning. Anderson battled back by striking out Carlos Gonzalez and getting Nolan Arenado to line out.
With two outs, the 27 year old relied on what has gotten him through this season, as Justin Morneau grounded out to end the inning. Chris Rusin became the latest victim to Justin Ruggiano’s hot bat as the outfield led off the bottom of the first with a double down the third base line.
After a Chase Utley groundout to the right side, Justin Turner smoked a hit off Reyes’ glove for an RBI single that gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Anderson responded to a shaky first inning with an efficient 1-2-3 top of the second. The Dodgers also went down quietly in a hitless second inning.
After the first two batters in the third were retired, Reyes singled for the Rockies’ first non-bunt base hit of the night. Anderson then appeared to have Reyes picked off, but Adrian Gonzalez’s throw hit the shortstop in the back and ricocheted into center field, which allowed Reyes to advance to third base.
Anderson kept the Rockies off the board by striking out Carlos Gonzalez to end the inning. Anderson and the Dodgers weren’t as fortunate in the fourth, however. Arenado, Morneau and DJ LeMahieu opened the inning with a trio of singles.
LeMahieu’s was stopped by Corey Seager deep in the hole, but the rookie shortstop allowed a run to come across as his attempt to get a force out at third base resulted in a throwing error. A pair of RBI ground outs gave the Rockies a 3-1 lead before Anderson managed to get out of the inning.
A heavy rain began to fall at Dodger Stadium in the bottom of the fourth, forcing fans to leave their seats. As for matters on the field, Turner drew a leadoff walk but was quickly erased as Adrian Gonzalez bounced into a 1-5-3 double play. A.J. Ellis then grounded out to end the inning.
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