After coming into the series as winners of five-straight, the Colorado Rockies seemed to have left their winning ways in San Francisco. The Los Angeles Dodgers came away with a three-game series sweep, including Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw earning his first-career no-hitter Wednesday night.
Game 1 – 6/16: Dodgers 6, Rockies 1.
Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon stole the show Monday night, going a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate while scoring on a bizarre play in the third inning. Gordon’s ball would hit off the wall in the corner in left field as Rockies left fielder Charlie Blackmon misplayed the ball twice, allowing Gordon to score on a triple and an error.
It was a rough day at the office for Rockies southpaw Tyler Matzek who made his second career start. He gave up three earned runs on ten hits, walking two in just five innings. To make things worse, Rockies reliever Chris Martin came in and gave up two runs on three hits to add insult to injury for the Rockies pen.
Colorado’s lone run came on a mistake pitch from Hyun-jin Ryu, who threw Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario a fastball on an 0-2 count. Ryu picked up his 8th victory of the season, giving up just one run on three hits through six innings.
Notable Rockies Hitters:
- Justin Morneau: 1-for-4, 2B.
- Wilin Rosario: 2-for-3, 2B, HR.
- Tyler Matzek (L, 1-1): 5.0 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB. 92 pitches, 60 strikes.
- Chris Martin: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 SO.
- Matt Belisle: 1.0 IP, 0 H.
- Nick Masset: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO.
Game 2 – 6/17: Dodgers, 4, Rockies 2.
This was a game of missed opportunities for the Colorado Rockies. The team would go 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position, leading 13 left on base — not a recipe for success. Zach Greinke made pitches when they counted as they made it through six innings, giving up one run on six hits, notching his 9th win of the season.
Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin ran into some trouble in the third inning as he gave up a two-run home run to Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Matt Kemp would collect a home run of his own the very next inning to push the lead to three.
Colorado would make things interesting late as Corey Dickerson drove in Josh Rutledge with an RBI double in the seventh, bringing the lead to within one. After Hanley Ramirez left the game in the top half of the seventh due to a hand injury, his replacement Carlos Triunfel came in and hit a solo-shot in the bottom half of the seventh to give them a two-run cushion.
Notable Rockies Hitters:
- Corey Dickerson: 3-for-5, 2B, RBI.
- Troy Tulowitzki: 3-for-5, R.
- Josh Rutledge: 1-for-1, PH 2B.
- Jhoulys Chacin (L, 1-5): 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO. 105 pitches, 66 strikes.
- Tommy Kahnle: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 SO.
Game 3 – 6/18: Dodgers 8, Rockies 0.
The Rockies virtually had no shot in this game whatsoever as the Dodgers came out to a quick 2-0 lead thanks to a sac-fly from Yasiel Puig and an RBI single from Matt Kemp to take a 2-0 lead after the first.
Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa struggled as he gave up an RBI double to Adrian Gonzalez in the third, followed by RBI doubles from Matt Kemp and Miguel Rojas to give the Dodgers a 7-0 lead after three. De La Rosa lasted just 3 1/3, giving up seven earned on six hits while walking five.
Now to the main story of the game which was Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw. He was filthy from beginning to end, pitching a complete game no-hitter to earn the Dodgers a series sweep of the Rockies. Kershaw was marvelous, collecting a career-high in strikeouts with 15 while keeping his pitch count to 107 on the night.
Kershaw would collect his first career no-hitter while making it the 12th one in Dodgers history.
The Rockies reached base once as Corey Dickerson was safe at first and advanced to second on a throwing error from Hanley Ramirez.
- Jorge De La Rosa (L, 6-6): 3.1 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 5 BB, 1 SO. 86 pitches, 52 strikes.
- Franklin Morales: 1.2 IP, 2 H.
- Chris Martin: 1.0 IP, 1 BB.
- Adam Ottavino: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 SO.
- Rex Brothers: 1.0 IP, 1 SO.
The Colorado Rockies (34-38) have Thursday off before returning home to face the Milwaukee Brewers in a three-game set at Coors Field. Christian Bergman (0-1, 3.75 ERA) will take the hill for the Rockies as he looks to put them back into the win column. Marco Estrada (5-4, 4.82 ERA) will counter for the Brew Crew. First-pitch is scheduled for 8:40 PM ET, 6:40 PM MT.