It’s not often the Dodgers are held to one run or less at Coors Field. In fact, it has only happened 20 times since the stadium’s opening in 1995. No. 20 came on Monday, as the Dodgers fell to the Rockies, 9-1, in their largest margin of defeat this season.
The Dodgers offense was nearly helpless against Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray. The 27-year-old had one of his best outings of the year and it can’t be left unnoticed. He tossed eight innings and limited the Dodgers to one run, three hits and three walks while he delivered six strikeouts. He reached a high pitch count (112) but each pitch contributed to his 10th win of the year.
It wasn’t just the offense who had a case of the Mondays, but it was the starting pitching and bullpen, too.
The Rockies took no mercy on Kenta Maeda, who exited after four innings. The six runs he allowed are tied for he has surrendered all season. He failed to retire the first seven batters of the fifth inning, and he was replaced before he got the chance.
Caleb Ferguson and Yimi García each tossed a scoreless inning of relief, holding the Rockies off for a little longer. Josh Sborz, who was recalled hours before the game, pitched two innings, allowing three earned runs to score. It was his second major league outing, raising his ERA to a nice, round 18.00.
On the bright side, Will Smith continued to be productive. He hit a double in the eighth inning and represented the only run scored for the Dodgers on the night. While we’re on the good news, Cody Bellinger reached base three times with two hits and a walk.
It was the largest loss the Dodgers suffered this year. Luckily, there’s always tomorrow to earn redemption!
WP: Jon Gray (10-7), 8.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
LP: Kenta Maeda (7-8), 4.0 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Home runs: David Dahl (15)
The Dodgers will try to avoid a third straight loss on Tuesday. Julio Urías will return to the starting rotation, at least for tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PDT.