The Dodgers dinger fest lives to see another day. For the ninth game in a row, the boys in blue hit a home run to get their 22nd of the season. Saturday’s home run is courtesy of right fielder, Alex Verdugo, who snagged his second of the year.
The game got off to a defensive start. The Dodgers ended each of the first three innings with double plays. The Rockies also grounded into a double play in the second while going down quietly in the first and third.
Each team got on the board in the fourth inning.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner reached first base after being hit by yet another pitch. He seems to be a baseball magnet. Cody Bellinger followed with a double and A.J. Pollock would send Turner to home with a line drive to center field which sent Bellinger to third. Muncy hit a sacrifice fly to finish Bellinger’s trip around the bases to put the Dodgers up, 2-0.
David Dahl responded in the second half of the inning with a solo home run to make the score 2-1. This is the only run the Rockies would score on right-handed pitcher Walker Buehler. Buehler improved from his first outing of 2019, allowing only one run off of three hits in Denver, earning his first win of the season.
The Dodgers offense saw some more action in the sixth and seventh innings as well, featuring a Bellinger triple and the aforementioned Verdugo bomb.
The bullpen looked pretty solid, holding the Rockies to just one run in four innings. Pedro Baez followed Buehler with a scoreless inning, preserving the Dodgers 4-1 lead. Yimi Garcia threw a 1-2-3 seventh inning, but allowed the leadoff batter reach base before being replaced by Caleb Ferguson. Ferguson would throw four balls before being pulled. Dylan Floro entered the game with two runners on base and let one score with a single by Dahl. Kenley Jansen recorded the last out of the inning.
Some fun was had in the ninth, with the Dodgers tacking on two runs in the ninth to extend their lead. Colorado threatened to make a comeback in the ninth inning but did not find success with Jansen on the mound. Jansen notched a four-out save in his first return to Coors Field since experiencing an irregular heartbeat which resulted in surgery.
You can find the full game box score here.
Player of the game
Alex Verdugo had himself a great game, going 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. He also hit the only Dodgers home run of the night and hit his first career triple.
The Dodgers to get their first sweep of the season on Sunday against the Rockies. They will play at 5:37 pm PDT on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.