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Dodgers offense finding their way at Coors Field

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Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

The Dodgers’ offense has come to life this weekend at Coors Field, something they haven’t been able to say much in recent trips. They try for a sweep of the Rockies on Sunday afternoon in Denver.

With 23 runs so far in this series the Dodgers have their best two-game stretch since plating 27 from Aug. 22-23, 2016 against the Reds and Giants. Scoring at Coors Field hasn’t come that easily for the Dodgers of late, scoring 13 total runs in four of their previous five series in Denver.

Starting lineups

Pos Dodgers Pos Rockies
Pos Dodgers Pos Rockies
SS Taylor 2B LeMahieu
3B Turner CF Blackmon (L)
C Grandal (S) 3B Arenado
LF Kemp SS Story
1B Muncy (L) LF Desmond
RF Puig RF Cuevas
CF Pederson (L) C Iannetta
2B Forsythe 1B McMahon (L)
P Wood P Bettis
Time: 12:10 p.m. PT TV: SportsNet LA

That said, the Dodgers still have a long way to go Sunday to join their highest-scoring three-game series in Colorado:

  • 36 runs: Sept. 26-28, 2006
  • 35 runs: May 5-7, 1995
  • 34 runs: July 20-22, 2001
  • 31 runs: May 25-7, 2009
  • 27 runs: June 3-5, 2002

Their best three-game series game at Coors Field came from Sept. 26-28, 2006, a Dodgers sweep in their penultimate series of the year, part of a seven-game win streak to close out the regular season and earn a wild card berth. James Loney hit two home runs and a double in the finale, tying a 56-year-old franchise record with nine RBI in a 19-11 win.

Chad Bettis stands in the Dodgers’ way in Sunday’s series finale. He has a 2.03 ERA in seven road starts in 2018 and a 7.06 ERA in four starts at Coors Field.

Cody Bellinger sits for the second time in three games in this series, but this is more noteworthy since it’s the first time of the season he’s not starting against a right-handed pitcher. Bellinger has five hits in his last 54 at-bats, and on the season is down to .226/.300/.415.

The Dodgers are off on Monday.

Toles back soon

It looks like Andrew Toles will be back on the field in a few days, after missing seven weeks with a hamstring strain.

Toles last played in a game in Triple-A on Apr. 13.

Game info

Time: 12:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA