The Los Angeles Dodgers entered Sunday’s rubber match with the Colorado Rockies one game above .500 and coming off a disappointing extra innings loss.
The series with the Rockies was the Dodgers’ first since manager Don Mattingly criticized them for their poor play. Perhaps in another effort to shake things up, Mattingly adjusted his lineup for the weekend series, moving Hanley Ramirez to the two-hole and batting Yasiel Puig behind him.
Though Puig was out of Sunday’s lineup due to a hip flexor, Ramirez remained second in the order. With the Dodgers leading the Rockies 2-1 in the sixth inning, Ramirez was at the plate with one out and a steady downpour falling on Coors Field.
At this point in the game, Ramirez was 0-for-1 with walk, strikeout and run scored. The 30-year-old has been inconsistent at the plate, but appeared to be putting better swings on the ball throughout the weekend series.
Building on that, Ramirez hit a towering home run to left field that traveled 472 feet. The Dodgers wound up winning the game 6-1 in 5.5 innings as it was called after a rain delay.
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