LOS ANGELES —- Here’s all you might need to know about today’s game. The Dodgers swept the Rockies with a 12-6 win and by doing so, extended their current winning streak to ten games and their home winning streak to 11 games.
How the Dodgers did it will take longer to explain.
Here are some of the facts:
The Dodgers trailed 5-0 going into the third inning, this comeback is the largest since a six-run comeback against the Tampa Bay Rays on August 13, 2016.
Kenley Jansen wrapped up the game with a five-out save, his first five-out save since April 2016. However after one strikeout in the eighth, Jansen issued his first walk of the year to Nolan Areando. Jansen had struck out 51 hitters before issuing that walk. Jansen would then strike out Mark Reynolds and get Raimel Tapia to hit a soft liner to short to end the game.
Cody Bellinger hit his 23rd and 24th home runs of the season, his sixth multi-home run game of the season, the most by a Dodger rookie. The Dodgers extended their streak of games with at least one home run to 17, which tied an Los Angeles Dodger record set in 1960.
The Dodgers scored five runs on wild pitches.
Okay, how’s this for an explanation, trailing 6-4 in seventh, the Dodgers had an opportunity to tie the game when a two-out double by Logan Forsythe put runners on second and third in the bottom of the seventh. Austin Barnes would then drew a walk to load the bases.
WIth Yasmani Grandal at the plate, Rockies’ reliever Adam Ottavino, who had been brought in to face Barnes, threw a wild pitch to score Justin Turner. And then Ottavino threw another pitch that catcher Tony Wothers could not find and both Forsythe and Barnes scored to put the Dodgers ahead.
In the eighth inning, Joc Pederson led off with a double and he moved to third on Chase Utley’s fly ball to right. After Chris Taylor walked, Ottavino threw another wild pitch that scored Pederson.
Taylor stole third and you might not be surprised by now, he would score on a wild pitch made during Turner’s plate appearance. Ottavino threw four wild pitches in this game. Turner would then walk.
Bellinger decided to score runs a more conventional way, so he hit his second two-run homer of the game to make it 11-6. After that, Forsythe singled and then Jansen hit his first double of his career, which also resulted in his first RBI.
Earlier in the game, it was Brandon McCarthy who had some command issues and that set up a three-run second inning for the Rockies.
After retiring the side in order in the first, McCarthy walked Reynolds with one of the pitches going to the backstop. McCarthy would throw three wild pitches after that and when the dust cleared, three runs had scored.
The first run scored on a wild pitch, the second run scored on an error by Grandal on a throw to second base and the third run scored on a single.
In the third inning, McCarthy was more a victim of bad luck and a missed defensive play. DJ LeMahieu singled and then Arenado hit a possible double play grounder but it went between Kiké Hernández’s legs into left field.
Mark Reynolds singled in LaMahieu and that was followed by Arenado scoring on a single through a drawn-in infield.
Trailing 5-0 going to the bottom of the inning, the Dodgers hit a pair of two-run homers to make it a game. Hernández hit his 8th home run of the season with Taylor on and after Turner doubled, Bellinger hit his first two-run home run of the game..
The Rockies were able to add one more run in the fifth inning. With two out, Desmond singled in Arenado from second off Ross Stripling.
Fine defensive plays in the outfield by Taylor in the sixth and Bellinger in seventh kept the game close. But that would only matter if the Dodgers finished the comeback.
As it turned out, they did.
The Dodgers begin the Freeway Series against the Los Angeles Angels with the first two games at Dodger Stadium on Monday and Tuesday nights. Rich Hill will pitch for the Dodgers against former Dodger, right-hander Ricky Nolasco. First pitch is scheduled at 7:10 p.m.
Home runs: Kiké Hernández (8), Cody Bellinger 2 (24)
WP - Pedro Baez (2-0): 1 IP, 1 walk, 1 strikeout
LP - Adam Ottavino (1-2): 1 IP, 3 hits, 6 runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts
Save - Kenley Jansen (17): 1⅔ IP, one walk, two strikeouts