Dodgers going for sweep of host Rockies

Dodgers going for sweep of host Rockies

DENVER — The surging Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday will attempt to sweep their three-game sequence with the Colorado Rockies after pounding them 12-Four on Saturday evening.

The Dodgers broke a Four-Four tie within the seventh after they batted round for the primary time this season and erupted for eight runs, their largest inning since they scored eight within the seventh inning Aug. 16, 2016 at Philadelphia.

Regardless of a slew of accidents, significantly to their beginning pitchers, the Dodgers (28-30) have gained 12 of their previous 16 video games. They’ve outscored the Rockies 23-12 on this sequence whereas extending their street successful streak to 6 video games. They have been 9 video games behind Might eight however at the moment are 2 half video games behind first-place Arizona and two again of the second-place Rockies.

“I do not assume we’re too aware of the standings proper now,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts stated. “We’re simply extra targeted on enjoying good baseball. The bats are being extra constant. We’re getting higher pitching. … So we’re enjoying full baseball. Clearly run prevention is large right here, so you may’t give away outs. And I feel we have carried out a reasonably good job of that.”

Left-hander Alex Wooden, who’s 1-Four with a Three.75 ERA, will begin Sunday for the Dodgers. His scheduled begin right here Friday was pushed again two days to offer Wooden extra time to relaxation after being bothered by hamstring cramps in latest begins and to get acclimated to altitude earlier than this one.

Whereas shedding his most up-to-date begin Might 26 in opposition to the Padres, Wooden gave up six hits and 5 runs in 5 1/Three innings with one stroll and 7 strikeouts because the Dodgers fell 7-5. Previous to that outing, Wooden went 1-1, 2.05 in his 4 earlier begins.

He’s Four-Three, 5.44 in 9 begins in opposition to the Rockies and 1-2, eight.18 in 5 begins at Coors Area. In these 5 outings, Wooden has allowed 20 runs in 22 innings, however 15 of these runs got here in his first two begins there in 2015 whereas pitching for the Atlanta Braves.

Chad Bettis (Four-1, Three.68 ERA), has acquired a no-decision in 4 straight begins. That stretch features a Might 22 outing at Dodger Stadium, the place the Rockies misplaced 5-Three and Bettis gave up two runs and three hits in 5 innings however left due to a scorching spot that developed on the center finger of his pitching hand.

Bettis is 2-2, Four.75 in 11 video games (eight begins) in opposition to the Dodgers. He has but to win or have a call at dwelling this season, going Zero-Zero, 7.06 in 4 begins. The final time Bettis had a call was Might 5 on the New York Mets, when he pitched seven scoreless innings to enhance to Four-1 with a 2.05 ERA whereas limiting opposing hitters to a .206 common and .612 OPS.

In his subsequent 4 consecutive no-decisions protecting 22 innings, Bettis has a 6.95 ERA, and opposing hitters are batting .315 with a .869 OPS.

After overcoming testicular most cancers final 12 months, Bettis made his 2017 Rockies debut in August. He was an influence pitcher earlier than his sickness however now tends to be 88-90 mph together with his four-seam fastball and depends on command with that pitch and an excellent changeup.

“With Chad’s type of pitching, simply general location by his outing is perhaps not as sharp,” Rockies supervisor Bud Black stated, when requested about Bettis’ latest outings, “and never getting changeup outs and perhaps the changeup not coming into play prefer it did when he has his good innings.”

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