LOS ANGELES — 1993 was the inaugural year for the Colorado Rockies and on August 12th of that year, the Rockies completed a four-game sweep of the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
24 years later, the Rockies came to Dodger Stadium and today, they completed their second four-game sweep at Dodger Stadium, winning 8-1 on a hot Sunday afternoon.
The Rockies did today what the Dodgers had been doing before all of this losing, get good pitching and hit home runs.
“You got to find a way to win a game,” manager Dave Roberts said, “and however we go about it, we got to figure out.”
Roberts said after the game that when you are in a stretch like this, he does think it begins to affect the mental aspect of the game.
“Right now, they’re upset, there’s frustration, anger but I know tomorrow, tonight we get on that airplane,” Roberts said, “and tomorrow we’ll be ready to go. Outside of preparing and guys playing their tails off, there’s really not a whole lot we can do but we got to show up.”
“It’s fine as far as to compete but there’s a point when you have to get results and you have to get a game,” Roberts said, “it doesn’t matter who’s on the mound whomever we’re playing, how’s good the guy’s throwing, you got to keep grinding and you have got to go, and we got to figure out.”
Rich Hill did have a solid start, pitching five innings and giving up two runs. Hill would get tagged with the loss but today, the lack of offense did in the Dodgers, at least early on.
“It was a battle for five but to get through that and look back,” Hill said, “to know what i need improve on this outing is something I am going to work on this week.”
“If there is anything I can look at the end of the day today is that I competed with everything I had today which wasn’t my best stuff, it is something I can take from it.”
The Rockies scored in the first inning when Nolan Arenado singled home Charlie Blackmon. The Rockies then loaded the bases with no outs but Hill was able to get the next three hitters out without another run scoring.
In the third inning, Arenado led off with home run to make it 2-0. Hill then held the Rockies scoreless through the fifth inning.
It stayed that way until Walker Buehler pitched in the eighth inning. Buehler loaded the bases with one out and then Mark Reynolds put the game, series and home stand away with a grand slam home run. The Rockies would add another run to give the Rockies seven runs.
In the ninth inning, Trevor Story homered to increase the lead to eight runs.
Tyler Chatwood pitched five innings of scoreless ball to get the win and the Rockies bullpen were able to keep the Dodgers from scoring until the ninth inning.
In the ninth inning, Alex Verdugo hit his first career home run to score the Dodgers only run of the game. But that was all for the Dodgers as their long home stand ended with a called third strike to Chris Taylor.
Home runs: Nolan Arenado (32), Mark Reynolds (29), Trevor Story (21), Alex Verdugo (1)
WP - Tyler Chatwood (7-12): 5 IP, 5 hits, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts
LP - Rich Hill (9-8): 5 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts, 1 home run