Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Charlie Blackman’s walk-off heroics bolster the Rockies’ losing streak to the Dodgers

Charlie Blackmon crushed the curse – or whatever the Los Angeles Dodgers had done on the Rockies since opening day.

Blackmon’s two-out, walk-off home run at the bottom of the 10th inning gave Colorado a 6-5 win at Coors Field on Sunday, breaking an eight-game loss against the Dodgers, who had finished in the top 5- 4 took a lead of 10th and was in position to tie San Francisco atop the NL West standings.

“It was a good win right there,” Blackmon said after connecting for his fifth homer of the year. “(Starter) John Gray pitched so well I wish he could win today. We really had to fight today. It wasn’t an easy win. At times it looked like we wouldn’t win (and at other times) it looked like we won’t win.” It was going to win. It was back and forth and it was a good win going into the off day.”

It was the club-record-tying 10th walk-off win this season for the Rockies, who lead all MLBs in that category.

“I felt good. I think we all had a good time with Chuck Up,” said Rockies executive manager Mike Redmond. “He is such a big time player, such a big part of it, this team and this organization. And when you sit there as a coach you want a certain person to be there at the plate – he and Trev (story). I mean, those guys are a huge part of this team. And they come up massive almost all the time. ”

The Rockies (41-53) were again without manager Bud Black, a coach and four players due to MLB’s COVID protocols. They were facing a team they beat 8-5 on the first day, but have since been dismissed 58-26, including 19-6 in the first two games of the series this weekend.

But despite falling 4-3 in the ninth and 5-4 in the 10th, they found a way to win.

Center fielder Garrett Hampson also scored as an extra innings runner at second base in 10th place. He reached third on Brendan Rodgers’ outfield fly and scored on Storey’s sacrificial fly.

The Rockies rallied for extra force in the ninth when third baseman Ryan McMahon led with a double from a center-field wall and was brought from left to left by left fielder Chris Owings.

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“It’s an amazing group of people,” Richmond said. “They keep fighting. We know where we are, don’t we? And then we know what the record is against the Dodgers. We want to beat these guys. And we — as long as I’ve been here — we have There are some tough games and everyone knows this.

“Hopefully, today was a big step in getting to the other side of these tough games.”

Gray was brilliant, conceding just six hits and two runs in seven innings. But the Rockies had to pinch for him with runners on the corners in eighth place – a successful move that saw Colorado take the lead on Matt Adams’ pinch-hit single.

But in the top of the eighth, Rockies reliever Carlos Estevez allowed Will Smith to catch double to third baseman Justin Turner and a two-run homer for a 4-3 lead. McMahon then rose to the occasion in a back-and-forth case in the bottom of the ninth, with Owings teaming up with RBI.

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Gray opposed the Dodgers’ David Price, who allowed just two hits and one run in four innings. Forty-two of his 66 pitches were strikes. Gray was just as good, but lasted longer in three innings.

“I think Johnny keeps growing, keeps growing and gets better, more confident,” Redmond said of Grey.

Charlie Blackman's walk-off heroics bolster the Rockies' losing streak to the Dodgers
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