Nolan Arenado hit a home run off of Clayton Kershaw, then later, Mark Reynolds and Gerardo Parra went back-to-back as the Rockies beat the Dodgers 4-2. Until Saturday’s game, no one had hit back-to-back home runs off of Kershaw, but the Rockies did it in front of a sellout crowd of 48,012.
Jon Gray pitched 5 1/3 innnings in which he allowed one run on four hits in a no-desision. He walked three batters and struck out only one. The Rockies’ bullpen was spotless over 4 2/3 innings, they combined to strike out six batters without walking anybody.
Clayton Kershaw struck out six batters over six innings in which he allowed four runs. Kershaw rarely has a game in which he allows three home runs, but remember, he is human.
“My stuff was fine,” said Kershaw, who allowed eight hits in six innings. “Just had some bad pitches there and tonight they went over the fence. It’s a good team, you can’t make mistakes and I made too many tonight.”
Nolan Arenado’s home run came on a 2-2 curveball that he managed to hit over the wall in center field. It was only the fourth home run hit off a Kershaw curveball since the beginning of the Statcast era. the ball left Arenado’s bat at 103.7 mph and traveled 431 feet as projected by Statcast.
Mark Reynolds continued his hot start with a tiebreaking two-run home run. Kershaw threw Reynolds a backdoor slider that tailed back over the plate and never touched Yasmani Grandal‘s glove. Gerardo Parra was in no mood to be left out of the action. Parra, who is a career .364 against Kershaw, got a 1-1 fastball and drove it over the wall in center field. It was Parra’s first home run off of Kershaw.
Andrew Toles got the Dodgers on the board with a solo home run in the fifth inning. Jon Gray threw a fastball down and over the plate and Toles hit it over the left-field wall. Interestingly, Toles hit the ball to the same place as his first career Grand Slam, that he hit on his birthday at Coors Field.
Adrián González drove in another run for the Dodgers in the eighth inning with an RBI single to right field. Gonzalez got a fastball low and away and still pulled it to right field for a single. After this, the Dodgers were unable to score any more runs.
Kenta Maeda will face off against Tyler Anderson in the series finale against the Rockies. Anderson is a lefty, so you can expect to see an all right-handed lineup and a Dodgers’ loss. The game will start at 12:10 pm PT. It will be televised on SportsNet LA and KTLA.