This is a tale of two teams.
One team stood pat at the MLB Trade Deadline on Monday, refusing to trade their star outfielder. The other, made three different trades and ousted their star outfielder, relegating him to the minor leagues.
The outfielder who was not traded, Carlos Gonzalez, knocked in three runs on four hits as the suddenly surging Colorado Rockies defeated the new-look Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-3, on Tuesday night at Coors Field.
LA's new right-fielder, Josh Reddick, went 0-for-4 in his debut, and their new reliever Jesse Chavez, allowed three hits and two runs, both of them brought in by Gonzalez.
Colorado opted not to trade CarGo at the deadline and he thanked the only team he's ever known with a pleasing performance at the plate. Gonzalez went 3-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI as the Rockies have won 10 out of their last 12 and are suddenly within 3.5 games of the second NL Wild Card spot.
Rain delayed the game for 38 minutes, but it didn't stop the Rockies from striking first in the third inning. Gonzalez knocked in the first run with an RBI groundout and Colorado was off and running.
Brandon McCarthy (2-2) was chased in the fourth inning after he walked the first two batters he faced and loaded the bases with no outs. McCarthy, who is still trying to comeback from Tommy John surgery, struggled with his command, allowing three runs on three hits with five walks and two strikeouts in just three innings.
Jon Gray (8-4) shut down the Dodgers offense, allowing no runs on just two hits with six strikeouts in five innings.
The Rockies scored three runs in the fourth and three in the sixth as they built a seven-run lead before LA was able to score some runs late in the game.
Justin Turner hit a two-run double in the eighth and Yasmani Grandal cranked his 16th home run of the year with a solo shot to centerfield in the ninth inning.
Players of the Game:
Carlos Gonzalez: 3-for-5 with 4 RBI.
Justin Turner: 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI
Yasmani Grandal: Solo home run.
1. The Puig Problem: The Los Angeles Dodgers actively tried to trade right-fielder Yasiel Puig before the trade deadline on Monday. Instead, they acquired Josh Reddick from the Oakland A's in a five-player trade, and told Puig not to come to the airport for the team's flight to Colorado. Puig was instead demoted to the minors on Tuesday and General Manager Farhan Zaidi told reporters that Puig has 72 hours to report to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
2. Sad Story: Before the game, the Colorado Rockies placed rookie shortstop Trevor Story on the disabled list and it's rumored that he will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. The news comes as a blow to the Rockies rookie as he leads the entire National League with 27 home runs, the most by a rookie shortstop in NL history.
3. Reddick to the Rescue: With news that Yasiel Puig has possibly played his last game with the Los Angeles Dodgers, their new right-fielder tried to do the best he could to soften the blow. Despite going 0-for-4 at the plate in his Dodger debut, Reddick did his best Puig impression with a sensational diving catch in right field late in the game.
Dodgers (59-47): Rookie right-hander Brock Stewart will make the second start of his big league career when he is recalled to the Majors on Wednesday.
Rockies (53-53): Colorado counters with left-hander Tyler Anderson as the Rockies hope to keep on rollin' at 5:40 PM PST.
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