Thursday, July 7, 2022

Hilliard, Krone Lift Behind the Rockies Division-Chasing Dodgers

DENVER (WNN) — Sam Hilliard lined up a three-run homer, CJ Krone got four hits and the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-5 on Wednesday night in a five-game skid at Coors Field.

The Dodgers could be in danger of losing more ground to division-leading San Francisco. He entered a game behind the Giants in the day, playing late in San Diego.

It had all the makings of a pitcher’s duel with All-Stars Walker Bühler and German Marquez on the mound. Instead, it was anything but, as the teams combined for 19 hits, including three homers and even a two-run double from Marquez, who chased his counterpart out of the game.

Luke Raleigh demonstrated his prowess in the third inning by drilling a two-run homer in the center, which was measured by Statcast at 472 feet. It tied for the third-longest run of Dodgers tracked by Statcast since 2015.

A major collision occurred in the seventh when Charlie Blackmon collided with reliever Alex Vesia on the dribbler at the first base line. Blackmon’s helmet blew off and Vesia, losing control of the baseball, fell to the ground. Blackmon arrived at an error credited to Vesia, who took some warmup pitchers before continuing.

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Vesiya was not the same. He gave a run scoring double to Krone. Hilliard later connected for a three-run homer when the Dodgers deliberately drove Elias Diaz to pass him. Hilliard’s 12th homer of the season made it 10-5.

One innings after the collision, Blackman came up again and collided with a pitch from Evan Phillips.

Robert Stephenson (2-1) scored the win for the Rockies, who are 6-12 this season against the Dodgers. Dodgers reliever Justin Bruehl (0-1) lost the match.

Buehler and Marquez left without a decision. Buehler conceded five runs in 3 2/3 innings in his career-high 31st start of the season.

Marquez conceded five runs in four innings.

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Dodgers: OF Chris Taylor was out of the starting lineup as he dealt with a sore throat. … outfielder AJ Pollock (hamstring) was activated from the injured list. He dropped out in a pinch-hitting role in the sixth.

Rockies: Manager Bud Black has said the OF/INF Connor Joe’s season is officially over due to a hamstring injury. … Rockies RHP Peter Lambert will make his first start on Friday, September 20, 2019. He had Tommy John surgery in July 2020.

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Justin Turner brought home a run on the fly out to right with bases loaded in fifth. But he was initially not credited and tagged with RBI after Tree Turner strayed too far from second base. It initially went down as a 9-6 double play. But the Elias Sports Bureau later called it a sacrificial fly and credited Turner with his 82nd RBI of the season.

Broadcasters were sidelined

Joe Davis will disappear from the Dodgers broadcast after testing positive for the coronavirus. He was fully vaccinated, the team said in a statement, and would be isolated at home. Orel Hershiser will also quarantine because of close contact.

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Rockies infielder Brendan Rodgers hits a single homer. …Crone is 7 for 10 with four doubles in this series against the Dodgers.


Dodgers right-hander Max Scherzer made his debut against Colorado on Thursday with an 11-game win streak and an MLB-best 2.08 ERA. The Rockies will throw lefty Kyle Freeland, who is 3-3 with a 5.36 ERA, this season at Coors Field.


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