Rockies snap losing skid versus Dodgers with hard-fought victory

Jun 28, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies pinch hitter Pat Valaika (4) celebrates with short stop Garrett Hampson (1) after hitting a two run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night at Coors Field, 13-9 backed by an onslaught of offense in the fifth inning.

The victory improves the Rockies’ record to 43-39 this season.

Ahead are takeaways from the victory.

The streak is over

Well, they did it. The Rockies finally managed to defeat the Dodgers.

Friday’s victory marks the end of the Rockie’s 12-game losing streak versus the Dodgers.

Entering the game, Los Angeles had outscored Colorado 86-45 over the course of the losing streak. That said, it’s not like the Rockies were getting destroyed every game. Colorado scored multiple runs in each game and six runs or more four times in that span. The offense was not the problem. Colorado’s inability to pitch consistently ultimately doomed them, resulting in the losing skid.

Colorado eventually got the best of Los Angeles, recording 18 hits to the Dodgers’ 10 while out-pitching the boys in blue.

Rockies offense explodes for a monstrous fifth inning 

The Rockies offense refuses to quit.

Things were looking grim for Colorado early on after Los Angeles jumped out to an early 3-0 lead and managed to hold the advantage throughout the early portion of the ballgame.

Colorado entered the bottom half of the fifth inning, trailing 5-2 with Dodgers’ starter Hyun-Jin Ryu looking as if he was beginning to settle into a groove on the mound.

Despite the situation, the Rockies’ offense kicked things into gear to wipe away the Dodger’s lead and establish a five-run advantage entering the ladder stages of the game.

Garrett Hampson started the bottom of the fifth inning with a leadoff double. With the pitcher due up next, Rockies’ Manager Bud Black opted to pull pitcher Antonio Senzatela from the game in favor of pinch hitter Pat Valaika.

Valaika, who was a pinch-hit specialist last season, proceeded to smash the first pitch of his at-bat over the fence in left field for a two-run home run, cutting the Dodgers lead to a single run.

Colorado’s offense did not stop there as Charlie Blackmon followed with a single and scored after Ian Desmond lined a double down the left field line to tie the game.

From there, David Dahl managed to give the Rockies their first lead of the game by smacking a two-run dinger to left field, making the score 7-5.

The Rockies continued to keep the pressure on Los Angeles with Nolan Arenado ripping a double which followed with a slew of fielding issues from the Dodgers that extended the inning.

Colorado hit around the lineup in the fifth inning with Valaika driving home another run by hitting an infield single that shortstop Chris Taylor botched.

Blackmon put a bow on things by platting another run for Colorado via an RBI single.

When things were all said and done, the Rockies emerged from the fifth inning with a 10-5 lead after scoring eight runs in the frame.

Senzatela was good but not great

The Los Angeles Dodgers got off to a strong start at the dish versus Senzatela. After getting Joc Pederson out to begin the game, Senzatela fell into a world of trouble.

Alex Verdugo and Justin Turner each recorded singles to provide Los Angeles with a prime scoring opportunity they would proceed to cash in on.

Cody Bellinger platted the first run of the game by grounding into a fielder’s choice to score Verdugo after Daniel Murphy committed a throwing error.

Murphy’s defensive woes continued in the next at-bat as the veteran infielder botched a play off the bat of Max Muncy. Murphy’s error resulted in yet another Dodger’s run, making the score 2-0.

The Dodgers drove home an additional run when Chris Taylor ripped a single through Colorado’s infield, scoring Bellinger to put a cap on a three-run first inning.

Senzatela was clearly rattled and frustrated following the first inning but managed to keep his composure through the second and third innings.

That said, Senzatela’s positive performance was short lived as the Dodgers again carved him up in the fourth inning when Verdugo cranked a towering two-run home run to center field.

Senzatela managed to hang tall through the fifth inning, departing after five innings of work, allowing five runs on seven hits while walking five batters and striking out a pair.

Rockies get the best of Ryu

Dodgers’ starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu entered Friday’s start riding a 9-1 record to pair with an earned run average of 1.27.

Ryu’s 1.27 ERA leads the league by a wide margin. The next lowest ERA is owned by Texas Rangers starting pitcher Mike Minor who has pitched to a 2.40 mark so far this year.

All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado managed to plate two runs off of Ryu in the first inning, blasting a two-run home run to left field.

Home runs continued to plague Ryu as utility man Pat Valaika cranked another two-run blast in the fifth inning, cutting the Dodger’s lead to a single run.

Following the home run from “Patty Barrels” Ryu fell into some trouble. Charlie Blackmon proceeded to log a single and came around to score after Ian Desmond hit a double down the line in left field to tie the game at five runs apiece.

David Dahl then broke the tie by hitting a two-run home run of his own to left field to establish a 7-5 lead for Colorado.

Dahl’s home run forced Dodgers’ skipper Dave Roberts to yank Ryu from the game. The 32-year-old departed with a line of four innings pitched, allowing seven runs on nine hits while striking out four batters.

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