Kyle Freeland held the Dodgers to one run on four hits over six innings in the Rockies’ 2-1 win over the Dodgers. Freeland, a Denver native, earned the win in his Major League Debut against the Dodgers.
Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched 4.2 innings in which he allowed two earned runs. The first run he allowed came courtesy of a Nolan Arenado RBI double. Ryu threw a fastball over the middle of the plate and Arenado made him pay. DJ LeMahieu scored from second and the Rockies took a 1-0 lead.
Kiké Hernández tied the game with a groundout in the fourth inning. Hernández, who is coming off his worst season in 2016, has collected two RBI’s in the last two days. The Rockies, however, re-took the lead in the fifth inning. Dustin Garneau hit a home run off the left-field foul pole and the Rockies took a 2-1 lead. Ryu threw him a fastball over the plate and Garneau kept it just fair.
So we can learn a few things from this. First, we learn that the Dodgers need to play better against left-handed pitching. I think that if they would just keep their starters in, even the left-handers, they would play much better. Second, we learn that the foul poles have been given the wrong name. When a ball hits a foul pole, it is a fair ball, which means that the poles should be called fair poles.
Clayton Kershaw will try to take the Rockies down at Coors Field. Kershaw will be facing off against Rockies’ starter Jon Gray. Kershaw has had some success at Coors Field with an 8-3 record. The game will start at 5:10 pm PT and be televised on SportsNet LA.