The LowDown: Jansen-Less Dodgers Pull Through For Series Victory

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Game One

[FRIDAY] Clayton Kershaw pitches a six innings of baseball against the current division leader. The Dodgers’ offense backs up the ace and earns him the victory in game one of this pivotal September series.

Kershaw started the game and carried duties on the mound through most of the game, pitching six innings while allowing only two runs. Kershaw called it a day after rounding up seven K’s against a powerful Rockies lineup. The win earned by Kershaw was his seventh of the season.

The bullpen’s remaining three innings of work was left up to five pitchers; Caleb Ferguson, Dylan Floro, Ross Stripling, Scott Alexander, and Kenta Maeda. The five pitchers combined to pitch a shutout relief performance, collectively allowing four hits and a walk. Everyone except Maeda earned a hold, while Maeda collected his second save since moving into the bullpen.

Yasiel Puig led a Dodgers’ offense that reigned supreme even while going 2 for 14 (.142) with runners in scoring position. Puig homered in the second inning and singled in Kiké Hernandez in the fifth. Eight of the nine starting players for the Dodgers reached base via the walk in the game. Notably, Max Muncy worked a walk twice in the game, leading the team in that category.

Dodgers defeat the Rockies, 4-2. (Dodgers lead series, 1-0)

Game Two

[SATURDAY] The Dodgers offense fails to fire back after an uncharacteristically ugly performance from Walker Buehler. Situational hitting and hitting with runners in scoring position continues to prove costly for the Dodgers and again serves to lose them a baseball game.

Buehler pitched well in terms of outing length, six innings complete, but the Rockies just seemed to have his number. Buehler dished up a pair of home runs, allowing four total runs on six hits and one walk in the game. Buehler’s outlying numbers such as hits and walks allowed, innings pitched, and strikeouts recorded are identical to Kershaw’s from the night before. Buehler just couldn’t seem to find his way around the barrels of Rockies’ bats.

With the Rockies at home, the Dodgers were only left with two innings the bullpen would be responsible for. Pat Venditte, Zac Rosscup, and Josh Fields took the two innings and shut the Rockies out, allowing only one hit. Even with the loss, the bullpen’s showing was very nice silver lining and something to be proud of for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers didn’t reach the scoreboard until the fifth inning, when Chris Taylor sent a solo home run 440ft to center field. The bomb was Taylor’s 15th on the year. The Dodgers’ offense went cold again until the ninth inning where Cody Bellinger tripled and later assisted home by a Max Muncy double. The team finished 1 for 6 (.166) with runners in scoring position.

Dodgers lose to Rockies, 4-2. (Rockies tie series, 1-1)

Game Three

[SUNDAY] The Dodgers’ offense exploded in one of the biggest games of the season, picking up a stumbling Rich Hill and carrying him to the win. Big hit after big hit provided the fire power the Dodgers needed in the series rubber match.

Hill tossed five innings for the Dodgers, giving up four runs on four hits and no walks. Likewise to Kershaw and Buehler, Hill collected seven strikeouts versus the Rockies. However, the Dodgers’ offense was able to give Hill the needed run support for his struggles not to weigh him into a loss.

Pedro Baez, Caleb Ferguson, Kenta Maeda, and Scott Alexander came on to relieve Rich Hill and did so successfully. Baez and Ferguson each allowed only one run, while Maeda and Alexander pitched scoreless innings. Alexander’s perfect inning earned him the save; his third of the season.

The Dodgers scored early and often in the game, getting the scoring going in the first inning and scoring in four of the remaining eight frames. The Dodgers cranked two home runs in the game, coming off the bats of Kiké Hernandez (20) and Justin Turner (13). However, even with the offensive outburst, the Dodgers had the potential to do better. The team left twelve runners on base, going 3 for 18 (.166) with runners in scoring position.

Dodgers defeat the Rockies, 9-6. (Dodgers win series, 2-1)

Dodgers-LowDown ‘Player of the Series’

This series we decided to go with a staff pick rather than reaching out to the fans for their choice on Player of the Series. However, the polls should be out for the next series and nearly all series moving forward.

A player who really seemed to show out for the Dodgers in these three crucial games in Colorado was Justin Turner. Turner had an amazing performance in the finale, reaching base six times (4 hits, 1 intentional walk, 1 error). Turner continues to play some of the best baseball in the league, and nobody can seem to find a way to cool him off.

Turner’s Final Line:

  • 12 AB
  • 5 H (1 HR)
  • 2 R
  • 2 RBI
  • 2 BB

 

Arrick Joel has covered the Dodgers since 2017, and for Dodgers-LowDown since 2018. Follow @ArrickJoel and @DodgersLowDown on Twitter for more.