Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Behind Sam Hilliard and CJ Crone, the Rockies overtake the Dodgers to win at Coors Field

The Los Angeles Dodgers are heavily owned by the Rockies. But not Wednesday night at Coors Field.

The Rockies’ powerful home-field offense cranked out 12 hits in a 10-5 victory, including mammoth homers by Brendan Rodgers and Sam Hilliard, and a 4-for-5 knight by CJ Crohn.

And one night when the pitching started faltering from both sides, the Rockies’ bullpen was delivered. Robert Stephenson, Jordan Sheffield, Tyler Kinley, Daniel Byrd and Lucas Gilbraith combined for five scoreless innings allowing only one hit and no walk.

“It was one of our better bullpen games, for sure,” said manager Bud Black. “Part of the success of our second half, when we win, is the bullpen. The bullpen has been straight for the most part over the past few months.”

Hilliard’s three-run, 438-foot homer in the seventh over from lefty reliever Alex Vescia put an exclamation point on the win and dented LA’s National League West title hopes. It was Hilliard’s 12th homer of the season and his 10th in 51 games since being recalled on 16 July.

LA went 12-5 against the Rockies this season and 19-8 in their last 27 matches against them since the start of 2020. But the Rockies overtook him on Wednesday night.

The Dodgers (97–55) entered the night after San Francisco from a game in the NL West. The Giants were playing in San Diego in the late game.

The game promised to be a showcase for the two starters. But neither Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler, nor Colorado’s right German Marquez lasted very long.

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A candidate for the National League Cy Young Award, Buehler went after 3 2/3 innings, giving away five runs on seven hits, including a single homer to Rodgers.

Marquez, who became a first-time All-Star, didn’t do any better. In more than four innings, he was charged with five runs off six hits, including a two-run homer to Luke Raleigh in the fourth. The right fielder crushed Marquez’s first pitch fastball into the seats 472 feet of center-field. Marquez, who struggled for his second straight start, opened two wild pitches and scored four runs.

In his first two starts at Coors Field this season, Buehler dominated Colorado, posting a 2.77 ERA. And he was in command early Wednesday night.

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