They can’t win ‘em all. After going full force against the Rockies on Friday night, it looked like the Dodgers ran out of steam on Saturday.
Walker Buehler didn’t have a particularly great start, allowing a pair of home runs on the night. He surrendered four runs, five hits and three walks over six innings of work. He started to settle in during the sixth inning, but allowing a leadoff homer in the seventh inning brought his night to an end.
The Rockies were leading by two runs when Buehler handed the game off to reliever Julio Urías, making him the losing pitcher of the night.
The Dodgers bullpen did hold the Rockies down for the remainder of the contest, combining for three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out three batters. Pedro Báez did get himself into a sticky situation in the eighth inning, but they escaped with no damage done. With two out and runners at first and second, Sam Hillard came up to bat for Colorado. He smacked a base hit to center field, but Enrique Hernandez was able to throw out the runner at home plate, with the help of Russell Martin’s tag, to end the threat.
.@kikehndez throw, @russellmartin55 tag? Got 'em. pic.twitter.com/ZJWJKStBbN— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 22, 2019
Even though the Dodgers offense did their best to limit the amount of Rockies runs, at the end of the day, the team needs runs to score. And that’s what LA struggled with during this matchup.
Colorado pitcher Chi Chi González put in work against the Dodgers. The only time he allowed runs to score came in the fourth inning, but the pair of runs were unearned due to a throwing error by Gonzalez himself.
When Cody Bellinger reached on this error, it was the beginning of the only Dodgers rally of the evening. Corey Seager smacked a triple down to left field, bringing in Bellinger to score the first blue run. Martin’s base hit followed to bring in Seager to tag up at home.
Seager has been on an absolute tear as of late, going 10-for-20 with seven RBIs and four runs scored in his last five games.
Although the Dodgers couldn’t walk it off, they have one more opportunity to add on to their regular season walk-off total.
WP: Chi Chi González (2-6), 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
LP: Walker Buehler (13-4), 6.0 IP, 4 R, 3 BB, 5 K, 2 HR
SV: Jairo Díaz (5), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K, 0 BB
Home runs: Ryan McMahon (23), Josh Fuentes (3)
The Dodgers will look to secure win No. 100 in the last home game of the regular season. It’s Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 1:10 p.m. PT.