Los Angeles, CA – After a sluggish four game series away against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Los Angeles Dodgers returned home to face the Colorado Rockies. Not only did they come back hitting bombs, they also scored many runs, 16.
Walker Buehler (12-3, 3.28 ERA) started the game for the Dodgers and in the 1st inning gave up a home run to the first batter of the game Trevor Story. Even though Buehler got the win, he did not have a great game. He was fortunate that the offense of the Dodgers was keeping him in the game. Buehler’s line in five innings of work was eight hits, SIX earned runs, no walks and five strikeouts.
Kenta Maeda (8-8, 4.18 ERA), who came out of the bullpen and replaced Buehler, pitched the remainder of the game. Maeda went four innings, gave up four hits, three earned runs and also had five strikeouts. He was awarded his first career save.
As for the offense, the 16 runs scored all started with Joc Pederson’s home run in the 1st inning. The ball was blasted to center field for 416 feet. But, that was not it for him. Pederson went 3 for 3 hitting with an RBI double in the 2nd and he would hit a three-run home run in the 3rd inning for his second homer of the game and 30th of the season. He was later removed from the game after making a catch in right field and crashing into the fence.
Pederson was not the only player this game to hit two home runs. Chris Taylor also hit multiple homers. His first home run came in the 4th inning for 417 feet to center making the score 10-4. His second home run of the night came in the 7th inning, another solo shot to center which made the score 16-6.
Three other Dodgers hit home runs. Matt Beaty hit a solo home run in the 6th inning, Corey Seager hit a three-run home run in the 6th inning, and lastly Cody Bellinger hit a solo shot in the 7th inning. This home run accounted for his 44th homer of the year and made him the leader in the major leagues in that category.
The Rockies hit a few home runs for themselves. They had four different players hit home runs in Story, Ryan McMahon, Ian Desmond and Nolan Arenado.
The second game of the series will be tonight at 7:10 PM PT. The Dodgers will have Julio Urias (4-3, 2.53 ERA) on the mound as he makes his return from his 20-game domestic violence suspension. The Rockies will have Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-6, 8.07 ERA) on the mound as he looks for his first win this season.