Mile High Massacre.
The Dodgers got off to a rocky start in their final series of the regular season as the Colorado Rockies routed Los Angeles, 9-1, on Friday night at Coors Field.
Nolan Arenado, Mark Reynolds, Charlie Blackmon, and Trevor Story all homered for the Rockies as Colorado continues to fight for the second wild card spot in the National League.
The Rockies bushwhacked the boys in blue right out of the gate as Arenado, a popular pick for N.L. MVP, hit his 37th homer of the season to give Colorado an early 1-0 lead.
Arenado is batting .307 with 37 home runs, 130 RBI, and 100 runs scored with two games left in the season.
Two batters, later, it was Mark Reynolds turn to join the Mile-High Club as he crushed a 91MPH fastball from Hyun-Jin Ryu
Another MVP candidate, Colorado leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon, stated his best case for MVP as he also hit his 37th home run of the season in the bottom of the second inning.
Blackmon is a lock to win the N.L. batting title with an average of .329 on the season. His 37 home runs are the most among leadoff hitters, and 103 RBI set a new MLB record for most runs knocked in by a leadoff hitter. He has also scored 137 runs from the top spot in the lineup.
Ryu (5-9), did not make it past the second inning, as the Korean left-hander allowed five runs on six hits with just one walk and one strikeout in two short innings.
Rookie Walker Buehler took over on the mound in the third and fourth innings, and looked impressive for a short stint, hitting triple digits on the radar gun with his fastball.
Unfortunately, as the Story goes, sometimes you can overstay your welcome and that's what happened to Buehler as Story took him deep on a 98MPH fastball to opposite field for his 24th home run of the season.
The rout was on from there and Colorado coasted to their fifth consecutive victory over the Dodgers, and 87th overall as they lowered their Magic Number to clinch the postseason to a single game.
Chad Bettis (2-4) got the win, allowing just one run on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts in seven strong innings.
The Dodgers Magic Number to clinch home field advantage throughout the World Series (should they advance that far) is still one game as both the Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros won earlier in the day.
Clayton Kershaw will make his final start of the regular season and punctuate a potential fourth Cy Young campaign as he heads to the mound against RHP German Marquez. First pitch is 5:10PM PST.
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