The Last Home Series: Dodgers Ride a Roller Coaster to 12-5 Victory over the Rockies

The Dodgers boarded a roller coaster tonight at Dodger Stadium, with ace Clayton Kershaw emerging a little queasy, as they beat the Colorado Rockies 12-5, for their 12th straight home victory over them.

It was a game that saw Kershaw give up back to back homers, as he allowed five runs on eight hits with five strikeouts. Though he eventually settled down, it was an unnerving performance.

It also saw Dodger manager Dave Roberts get tossed out of his first game this season, as he argued a strike call against Gavin Lux. Following Roberts’ tantrum, the Dodgers threw one of their own as they scored 7 runs in a fourth-inning onslaught that took 42 minutes. AJ Pollock hit a three run homer to set up the barrage.

The Dodgers added four more runs in the 7th inning, with doubles from Chris Taylor and Max Muncy and and singles by Lux and Hernandez.

Despite the rocky start, Kershaw earned his 15th victory of the season, and the Dodgers their 99th.

Here’s how we blogged it:

Twenty games in front of the field in the National League West, the Dodgers are saying  “farewell” to Dodger Stadium in the regular season with a three-game series agasint the the Colorado Rockies.

Ace Face Clayton Kershaw will take the mound against Rockie righty Peter Lambert, from San Dimas.  Following the series, the Dodgers will head north to San Francisco, for their final season series.

Tonight’s game starts at 7:10. p.m. See you here!



(The fan selected to say, “It’s time for Dodger Baseball!” flubs it. Bad.)

Trevor Story (no relation) takes a ball from Kershaw, and fouls one into there, over there. We’re at 2-1. 2-2. Bye-Bye.

Daniel Murphy (no relation) admires a strike whining by, and then a ball. He fouls one off to those people on the left. The count is full. Still full. He grounds out to first.

Daniel Arenado sends one to the left field bleachers.

Charlie Blackmon is at 0-2. He homers into the right field bleachers for his 30th homer of the season. It’s the seventh time the Rockies have  homered back-to-back, it says here.

Ian Desmond (no relation) is at 1-2, but, you know… then he flies out to first.

Rockies 2, Dodgers 0. Not in a good way.


Joc Pederson (no relation) takes a strike, then its 1-1. 1-2. 2-2. He waves at the next pitch. He grounds out to first.

Max Muncy (no relation) sees a strike. 0-2. 1-2. 2-2. Bye. Bye.

AJ Pollock is at 1-1, 1-2. 2-2. 3-2. Well, this is embarrassing.

Rockies 2, Dodgers 0.



Garrett Hampson (no relation) is at 1-1. then beats the throw to first.

Pat Valaika (no relation) gets to 2-2. Hampson steals second. Pleads guilty.

Tony Wolters (no relation) is at 0-1, then 0-2 (Where did I leave my diet Coke? Hmmm..) Wolters singles up the middle. (Oh, over there. Hang on.)

Pitcher Peter Lambert bunts, Hampson scores, and Wolters is out at second on a fielders’ choice. I am all about choices.

Trevor Story singles right up the middle, thank you very much.

Murphy is out at first, but…

Rockies 3, Dodgers 0.


Bellinger doubles to left, placing his fate on second base.

Seager singles to right.

Taylor flies out to left, scoring Bellinger.

Gavin Lux singles, Seager scoots to second.

Will (no relation) Smith is up with two on, one person out, per se. He is at 1-2. He swings lazily. Still 2-1. He flies out to right, moving Seager to third.

Kershaw flies out over there.

Rockies 3, Dodgers 1.



Are “no relation” ado is at 1-1. 1-2. He grounds out to Kershaw, who lobs one to first.

Blackmon sees 2-1, then flies out to Pollock (no relation).

Desmond gets to 1-1, then 2-1, then flies out to Pederson.

Rockies 3, Dodgers 1.


Pederson gets nicked by Lambert, and heads to first.

Muncy is at 2-1, 2-2, then strikes WAY out.

Pollock sees 0-1. He singles to first, and Pederson motorvates to second.

Bellinger gets to 3-0, 3-1, 3-2,…3-2, 3-2, then hits into a double play, ending the inning.

Rockies 3, Dodgers 1. 



Hampson homers into the left field bleachers.

Valaika strikes out.

Wolters is being at 1-2. Then he  is being strucken out.

Lambert is at 0-2, then 2-2,…3-2, and he singles. Not good. He is the pitcher, for pitch sake. (sorry.).

Trevor Story is at 2-2, 3-2, and gets walked all the way to first.

Murphy is at 1-1, then flies out to left.

Rockies 4, Dodgers 1. 


Seager homers into center field, his 17th.

Taylor moves the air, he is at 1-2. 2-2. 2-2. 2-2. He is hit in the left arm, walking slowly to first.

Gavin Lux is at 2-1. A low pitch gets called a strike, and Dodger manager Roberts explodes, racing toward home plate Umpire Greg Gibson, who tosses him out. It’s Roberts’ first ejection this season. Lux walks.

Lambert throws a toss past second and both Taylor and Lux move up a base.

Will Smith singles and scores Taylor. Lux is on second.

Kershaw lays down a sacrifice bunt, Lux moves to third, Smith to second.

Hernandez (“Call me ‘Kiki'”) is at 1-1. 1-2, not for the lack of trying, however. he singles over the head of Valaika. Lux comes home.

Muncy singles on a screamer to right, scoring a run and giving the Dodgers the lead.

A ball gets past Arenado, Muncy scrambles to second.

Pollock has a full count. he homers to deep center, and everyone in the stadium comes home.

Bellinger is walked. Wes Parsons now pitching for the Rockies. Bellinger steals second. On purpose. This half inning has so far lasted 37 minutes.

Taylor is at 2-2. He gets walked.

Seager is at 1-2. A pitch gets away from Arenado, and Bellinger races to third. Now he is at 3-2. OUT.

Taylor sees a strike. He sees another. He gets walked. Taylor steals second.

Lux grounds out to first. The inning took 52 minutes.


Will Smith is walked.

Kershaw bunts again, moving over Will Smith.

Hernandez is at 1-1. (It’s packed here.) He strikes way out.

Max Muncy (No relation. Still.) is at 1-0. He is at 2-0. He flies out to left.

Dodgers 8, Rockies 4.



Hampson is at 2-0, then flies out to right.

Valaika does the same in a sincere form of flattery.

Wolters is at 0-1, 0-2, then grounds out to first. 1.2.3.

Dodgers 8, Rockies 4.


Bellinger is at 1-1. He flies out LOUDLY to left.

Seager is 1-0, then loses a race to first base, coming in second place.

Taylor is way out.

Dodgers 8, Rockies 4.



There is a chat show on the mound. Kershaw is done for the evening. Kenta Maeda is now pitching.

Fuentes strikes out.

Story is walking on sunshine. 物語はサンシャインを歩いています。

I went to deliver a hot dog to Tomas and Leslie. That took forever. While I was away, certain events occurred. The score is now 12-4.



Sam Hilliard homers into center field. His first pinch hit home run eeeever. Okay, this inning is over. I’m back. Where are we?

Dodgers 12, Rockies 5.


Chris Taylor is at 1-2. He strikes out really quietly, like he didn’t want no one to notice. I noticed.

Lux is at 1-1. 2-2. Another really quiet strike out. Hmm, I missed someone. Nothing personal.

Dodgers 12, Rockies 5.


Caleb Ferguson is pitching for the Doyers. Pat Valaika is batting for the Rockies.

Valaika is at 0-1. 1-1. His line drive is smothered by Gyorko, who throws to first.

Vender Alonso gets his name in the paper. And doubles to right field.

Dom Nunez (no relation) is at 1-0. 1-1. Alonso goes to third on “defensive indifference.”

Nunez strikes way out. Cue the music.











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