The Los Angeles Dodgers offense stalled for the second game in a row, as they lost to the Colorado Rockies, 3-1, on Saturday evening at Dodger Stadium.
Following a 3-1 loss to Colorado on Friday, that saw the Dodgers lone run come on a solo shot by Justin Turner with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Dodgers were once again stymied by another Rockies’ starter.
“Marquez and Anderson were both really good,” said Dodgers’ first baseman Cody Bellinger “Sometimes you have to tip your cap, but with that being said we’re going to come out tomorrow and it’s a new day.”
German Marquez was perfect through the first five innings before he surrendered a solo shot to Enrqiue Hernandez in the top of the sixth.
“He was really good today,” continued Bellinger. “He was throwing 95MPH plus and throwing everything for a strike.”
It was the second straight game the Dodgers went hitless into the fifth inning or longer, and the second consecutive outing their only run came on a solo home run.
“Today this guy [Marquez] just overpowered us with stuff and we didn’t hit any barrels,” said Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts. “Yesterday, we expanded a little bit more than we should have, but you still have to give credit to both these guys.”
Both teams traded zeroes through the first three innings until D.J. LeMahieu led off the fourth inning with a double and scored two batters later on a passed ball that Yasmani Grandal should have caught for strike three.
Ian Desmond sent a slider from Dodgers’ starter Kenta Maeda into the left field pavilion in the top of the fifth to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
After the Hernandez homer, Colorado tacked on an insurance run with an RBI single by Chris Iannetta in the top of the seventh.
Maeda (5-5), pitched well in defeat, allowing three runs on five hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in seven solid innings.
“Kenta pitched really well,” said Roberts. “I thought the fastball velocity was really good. Obviously, the slider was big. He had a passed ball early and gave up a home run, but he really pitched well enough for us to win.”
In nine career games (seven starts) against the Rockies, Maeda has gone 5-3 with a 2.18 ERA and has limited Colorado hitters to a .185 average, while striking out 57 batters.
Marquez (6-8), outdueled the Japanese right-hander, allowing just one run on two hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in a career-high eight dominant innings.
Adam Ottavino worked the ninth for his second save of the season.
The Dodgers did not have an at-bat with a runner in scoring position until the bottom of the ninth with two outs. That’s 17 and 2/3 innings without a runner reaching second base, and it occurred on a defensive indifference play.
“It’s the construction of our club,” said Roberts. “If you look at a lot of the guys we have, it’s tough to live by the longball. If we run into good pitching and we can’t or we don’t take a walk, and you can’t find a way to hit the outfield grass or manufacture and keep the line moving it’s tough.”
The Dodgers finished the month of June of with a record of 17-9 the best record in the NL, and hit a franchise record 55 home runs, the most in any given month in team history.
The 55 home runs also tied the 1947 New York Giants (July), 2000 St. Louis Cardinals (April) and 2003 Atlanta Braves (May) for the most home runs by a National League club in any month in MLB history.
They fell one homer shy of the all-time MLB record for home runs in the month of June (56), set by the 2017 Baltimore Orioles.
On this date in 1962, Sandy Koufax threw the first of his four no-hitters, shutting down the New York Mets, 5-0, at Dodger Stadium.
The finale of the three-game series will feature a Sunday matinee between RHP Chad Bettis and RHP Ross Stripling at 1:10PM PST.
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