Rockies’ ugliest loss of 2017 is a gut-punch from Dodgers as Adam Ottavino throws four wild pitches

Michel CooperLast Update : Monday 26 June 2017 - 2:55 AM
Rockies’ ugliest loss of 2017 is a gut-punch from Dodgers as Adam Ottavino throws four wild pitches

LOS ANGELES — The strange abounded at Dodger Stadium on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The yips, the bloops, a five-hole boot. And then it got wild.

In the Dodgers’ 12-6 gut-punch victory over the Rockies, wild pitches scored the first run and the last, and Colorado slipped again in the nuttiest, ugliest loss of a worrisome five-game skid.

Adam Ottavino’s slider to the backstop in the seventh inning scored two runs, as Tony Wolters spun around in the dark of his catcher’s helmet looking for the wayward baseball. The Rockies (47-31) are lost, now looking up through a 4 1/2-game deficit at the National League West-leading Dodgers (51-26).

Ottavino threw a club record-tying four wild pitches, accounting for three runs in the seventh inning and five runs in eighth. But as the red-hot Dodgers won their 10th consecutive game, the pain radiated further. Just five days ago, the Rockies held the top spot in the NL West, the latest calendar date in club history for a claim on first place.

Now, the Rockies are missing another starting pitcher — Tyler Anderson injured his inflamed left knee, again, leading to his exit in the third inning Sunday. Their weary bullpen was forced to use veteran closer Greg Holland just to escape the eighth inning.

Way back in the second, Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy threw three wild pitches to score Mark Reynolds from first base. McCarthy suffered something approaching the yips. But manager Dave Roberts was forced to keep McCarthy on the mound, because the Dodgers are short-handed thanks to injuries.

He walked Reynolds and Raimel Tapia, and both scored. So did Ian Desmond on catcher Austin Barnes’ error. In the third, Reynolds and Tapia knocked in two more runs and the Rockies built a 5-0 lead.

McCarthy’s three wild pitches were outdone by Ottavino’s four. And a lifetime elapsed before the game’s final pitch.

Cody Bellinger’s two-run homer off Ottavino in the eighth — he also homered off Anderson in the third — gave the Dodgers an 11-6 lead and ignited chants of “M-V-P” from the crowd at Dodger Stadium.

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen doubled off Ottavino for another run. It was only Jansen’s third hit in eight years.

Source: denverpost

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