The Dodgers arrived in the mile high city with a bang right away (literally), as Matt Kemp went deep over the right field wall in the first inning for a two-run HR. The Rockies got one back in the bottom half of the first and the bottom of the second as well to tie it up. The tightly contested game stayed close for only a few innings, and along came the hitting, a lot similar to the hitting we saw on Saturday night in San Francisco. Adrian Gonzalez doubled home Dee Gordon to as the Dodgers regained the lead in the top half of the fifth. In the bottom half, Corey Dickerson drives home Morneau to tie it back up. And to the 6th we go, where the Dodgers ran away with the game. Justin Turner, who has been on fire this year, comes up to the plate with bases loaded and no outs and delivers. A double down the right field line is good enough for two runs. Six additional players crossed the plate that inning to make it 11-3. The bullpen was lights out the rest of the way and the Dodgers received a well-deserved win.
Roberto Hernandez tossed a measly 59 pitches as Mattingly took him out after 3.2 innings after loading the bases. He gave up 2 ER. Jamey Wright was in line for the win and he got it, he threw only 1 inning giving up 2 hits on 1 ER.
Adrian Gonzalez had himself and wonderful game going 2-5 with 3 RBI’s. He is the RBI machine as he passes Giancarlo Stanton as the RBI leader in the National League with 106 RBI’s.
The Dodgers will take on the Rockies in game 2 of 3 game series before they take off to Chicago for a 4 game series that begins on Thursday evening. Dan Haren will toe the rubber tonight against Matzek and the Rockies. Haren is 13-10, 3.99 ERA. Don’t let the numbers throw you off because Haren has been on a roll his last 7 outings giving up only 2 ER a game. He looks to give the Dodgers their 4th straight win.
Clayton Kershaw was named NL Player of the Week. He was 2-0 with 17 strikeouts in 16 innings. He held opponents to a .175 batting average and only allowing 10 hits in those 2 starts.