Apparently, the Los Angeles Dodgers can’t win every single night.
The Colorado Rockies put together a strong effort for 9 innings, and as a result, ended yet another long winning streak from the Dodgers with a 7-5 win on Wednesday night. Starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa cruised through 6 innings of 2-run ball, earning his 6th consecutive winning decision, and he did so against a red-hot lineup.
It is always surprising to see a pitcher succeed in Coors Field, but the 32-year-old left-hander is making a living off of doing so. The win was the 16th of the season for De La Rosa, tying him with Jordan Zimmermann for the NL lead, and he has a 3.31 ERA despite calling Coors Field home.
Offensively, the Rockies got a 3-hit night from Josh Rutledge, and a home run from their “old man” in first baseman Todd Helton. However, no matter what Colorado did during this game, the Dodgers suffering a loss is probably the bigger story.
Los Angeles starter Edinson Volquez got roughed up in a major way, allowing 4 runs in 4 innings, and while he was acquired as a pure flier, he didn’t pitch in an inspiring way here. Offensively, LA put together some quality innings, but in the end, their late push wasn’t enough thanks to the stellar work of De La Rosa and closer Rex Brothers.
The Dodgers now trail the Braves by 2 games for the #1 seed in the National League playoffs, but their division lead still stands at a more than comfortable 12.5 games. This is likely just a blip on the radar for the scorching-hot Dodgers, but it was a nice win for Colorado.