Strange Finish nets Rockies Win

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Remember when your Little League coach told you the catcher always needs to back-up first base?  Tony Wolters is a Rockies player that was listening.

The Colorado Rockies took advantage of three Dodger errors and a strong 2-hit outing by German Marquez to take the first of three at Dodger Stadium.

Marquez surrendered a solo shot to Max Muncy in the fourth for the only tally of the Dodgers’ day.  German had a masterful outing with five strikeouts and only two walks.  Also on display was Adam Ottavino’s surreal slider. I swear, I saw one that hooked about two feet and then dropped right at the front of the plate.  Things a baseball is not supposed to do.

Gerardo Parra answered with his own blast in the fifth to tie the score at one.  Tony Wolters worked a walk and stolen base (2) in the 8th into the deciding run on CarGo’s seeing-eye single to left.

The Dodgers squandered a 2-hit, six strikeout gem from Walker Buehler who lasted seven innings.

As seen in the video, the game ended on a crazy play as Matt Kemp hit a hot-shot to short, Trevor Story made a nice backhand stab and attempted the put out off his back foot.  The throw short-hopped and ate Ian Desmond up.

Error Story.

Tony Wolters, true to his Little League instruction was there with the backup, though and the Rockies caught Kemp at first.  Out.  Ballgame.

Because Kemp turned in after crossing first, the play was live.  Despite Dodgers protests, the play stood.

With the win the Rockies moved into first place in the NL West.  The slumping Diamondbacks finally gave up the ghost.  For now and hopefully for the rest of the season though, your Colorado Rockies are the division leaders.  Next is division champions, National League pennant winners and then…….World Series champions.

Hey, let me dream, this is the first season I can remember without “mathematically eliminated” jokes in May.