Badger. Bluster. Bulldoze. Bully.
Whatever you want to call it, Colorado did it to the Dodgers.
Brock Stewart was bludgeoned by the Rockies' bats in just his second big league start as Colorado crushed the Los Angeles Dodgers 12-2 on a rainy Wednesday night at Coors Field.
Stewart allowed five runs in the first inning, the second time in his brief career in the big leagues that he's allowed five runs in an inning as Colorado built up an early 5-2 lead.
Things snowballed on Stewart in the bottom of the fifth when allowed back-to-back home runs to D.J. LeMahieu and Carlos Gonzalez as Colorado scored four more runs tagging the rookie starter to the tune of nine runs before he exited the game.
Stewart (0-2) allowed eight runs on 10 hits with just one strikeout in four innings pitched. Stewart served four home runs to the Rockies, entering the game he had allowed only four total home runs in 110 innings in the minor leagues. The poor performance likely means he will be sent back there on Thursday.
Nolan Arenado and Mark Reynolds homered off Stewart in the first inning as 5 of the first 6 Rockies he faced reached base. In total, Colorado went deep five times in the game.
Gonzalez hit two of those homers and continued to dominate Dodger pitching. His two-run homer off Julio Urias, was the fifth allowed by the Dodgers the most they've surrendered in a game all season and the most runs (12) they've allowed all season.
Urias made his first-ever relief appearance at the Major League level and did not fair well as he beaten to the tune of three runs on four hits in three innings of relief, raising his ERA to 4.98 on the year.
Newest Dodger, Josh Fields, also made his Dodger debut out of the bullpen on Wednesday. Fields was acquired from the Houston Astros at the trade deadline and was active by LA before the game as relievers Louis Coleman and Adam Liberatore were placed on the disabled list.
Fields impressed in his first big league action since May 12th as allowed no runs on just one hit in an inning of relief.
Tyler Anderson (4-3) continued the narrative of LA not being able to hit left-handed pitchers. Anderson earned his fourth win of the season allowing just two runs on six hits with six strikeouts in seven innings.
Anderson's one mistake came in the first inning when he delivered a four-seam fastball right over the heart of the plate that Justin Turner sent into the Mile-High Air in right field for a two-run home run.
The Rockies are red-hot at the moment, winners of 11 of their last 13 games as they move one-game above .500 for the first time since May. They are an MLB-best 14-5 since the All-Star break and currently stand just 3 games out of the second NL Wild Card spot.
Players of the Game:
Carlos Gonzalez: 3-for-5 with 4 RBI.
Justin Turner: Two-run home run.
Nolan Arenado: 2-for-3 with a home run, 3 RBI and 3 runs scored.
1. Burning Through the Bullpen: According to SportsNetLA, the Los Angeles Dodgers have used their bullpen 38 percent of the time in 2016. That is the highest percentage of use by a bullpen in franchise history.
2. Hey, Rookie! The Los Angeles Dodgers have started a lot of rookie pitchers this season with the Dodgers sporting a record of 22-17 when the Young Guns take the mound this season. That's a .564 winning percentage. The team is 37-30 in games started by non-rookies, a slightly less percentage of .552. Granted, Kenta Maeda makes up most of those numbers.
Dodgers are 22-17 in games started by rookies this year (.564 winning pct) and 37-30 in games started by non-rookies (.552) — Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) August 4, 2016
3. Home Run Barrage: The Dodgers allowed a season-high 12 runs on a season-high five homers on Wednesday in their 12-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
Dodgers (59-48): Los Angeles will look to salvage at least a game of the series with Colorado as Kenta Maeda takes the mound on Thursday.
Rockies (54-53): Colorado continues their hot stretch as they look for the sweep over LA when Tyler Chatwood gets the call at 5:40PM PST.
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