Dodgers blast 7 home runs, send Rockies to 12th loss in 14 games
Prior to Sunday afternoon’s game at Dodger Stadium, Rockies manager Bud Black was asked to assess the mood of his team.
“There’s a level of frustration and a level of, for lack of a better term, anger, of how this happened,” he said. “There’s a great deal of fight in this group. They have a lot of pride.”
One can only imagine the level of frustration, anger, and whatever else, after the Dodgers bombed the Rockies 11-3, mashing seven home runs, four of them off starter Antonio Senzatela.
Colorado’s sizzling 11-3 start looks like a mirage now. It has lost seven straight games and 12 of 14. In Los Angeles, the Rockies have been a bigger flop than “Cats,” the movie. L.A. has defeated the Rockies in 16 of the last 17 games at Dodger Stadium.
In his first five outings this season, Senzatela had served up only two home runs. But with his pitches floating up in the zone, the Dodgers’ merry band of sluggers feasted. The right-hander became the ninth Rockies pitcher to allow four homers in a road game and the first Colorado pitcher to give up four at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers’ home runs off Senzatela, in order: Corey Seager, solo in the first; Mookie Betts, solo in the second, Kike Hernandez, three-run blast in the fourth; and Cody Bellinger, solo in the sixth.
The Dodgers’ other homers: Will Smith off Tyler Kinley in the seventh; a solo shot by Max Muncy off Ashton Goudeau in the eighth; and a two-run blast by Betts in the eighth, who now has 11 this season.
That the Dodgers played Home Run Derby vs. the Rockies should come as no surprise. After all, the Dodgers’ 44 homers vs. Colorado last season tied for the most home runs vs. an opponent in a single season in National League history.
The Rockies, believe it or not, tied the game 2-all in the fourth on Ryan McMahon’s solo homer off right-hander Ross Stripling, but the Dodgers counter-punched with Hernandez’s three-run job off Senzatela in the bottom of the frame.
Senzatela was inches away from escaping with no damage. Muncy hit a sharp grounder into the hole where first baseman Daniel Murphy attempted to make a diving stop, but, instead, the ball glanced off his glove for a two-out base hit. Had Murphy not touched the ball, second baseman Brendan Rodgers would have had an easy play. Instead, Hernandez jumped on Senzatela’s 96.3 mph fastball and launched it into the right-field seats.
A mental error by Murphy changed the tenor of the game in the second inning. Murphy was perched on third and McMahon was on second with nobody out when Rodgers hit a sharp grounder to third baseman Matt Beaty. Murphy bolted for home and was quickly tagged out.
Colorado hit three solo home runs to account for all of its scoring. Story muscled a home run into the left-field seats in the third. It was Story’s eighth homer of the season. With his 131st career home run, Story passed Matt Holliday (130) for sole possession of 10th place on the Rockies’ all-time list.
Rookie outfielder Sam Hilliard drove a solo shot to right in the ninth, his third of the season.
The Rockies open a four-game series at Arizona on Monday night.