Denver – Any game at Coors Field is like a dark ride at the amusement park. You are never sure how long it will last so you just indulge and hope that when it reaches the end you will have all your wealth.
The Dodgers didn’t make it through safely on Wednesday night, losing to the Colorado Rockies, 10-5, in a game at Coors Field that sewed up doubts about a pitcher the Dodgers would count on in October.
Walker Buehler faced 18 batsmen who failed to make it to four innings for the second time earlier this month. He allowed seven hits, including one home run and two doubles – a two-run kill shot by an opposing pitcher that ended Buehler’s night after a 3–2/3 innings. Of the 74 pitches he threw, the Rockies jumped and missed only four times.
At the end of August, Buehler was leading the National League’s Cy Young Awards with a 2.05 ERA and a .187 batting average in 27 starts. There was debate as to whether the Dodgers should start him or Max Schaezer in a potential one-game wild-card playoff.
There’s no longer any debate over Buehler’s immediate future, no Cy Young — and there’s a low chance the Dodgers will be able to avoid that one-game wild-card playoff.
In four starts this month, the batsmen scored .317 runs on Buehler, fueling a 7.32 ERA. The Dodgers have lost three of these starts.
All the loss was made up in one innings on Wednesday night.
The Dodgers gave Buehler a 3-0 lead at the top of the third. Gavin Lux went into a run with a line drive through the shortstop hole, aggressively pulling it into the double. Luke Raleigh followed up with the Dodgers’ longest home run of the season, a 472-foot commuter flight to Nebraska.
But the Rockies scored five times in the bottom half of the innings.
Brendan Rodgers took the lead with a home run and the next four batsmen hit multiple singles. Buehler took out Elias Diaz and dismissed Sam Hilliard. With Rockies starter German Marquez, Bühler was on the verge of avoiding further damage. But Marquez hit a ball into the wall in middle ground, scoring two more runs to end Buehler’s night.
Innings of five In two previous starts at Coors Field this season, Buehler had given up more than 13 innings. But his era has now exceeded 5.03 in 10 appearances (eight starts) in a career at Coors.
Marquez gave back the lead he had made in the fifth innings by running three of the first four batsmen. One run on a base-loaded walk and the other when Justin Turner hit a base-loaded fly ball to right field. But Tree Turner was caught at second base when Charlie Blackman tossed him back and a potentially big innings took off.
The Rockies took the lead for good in fifth when the Dodgers released Justin Bruehl and hit Blackmon with a pitch. Brusader Gretroll replaced him and left an RBI single for Trevor Story.
After Corey Seeger’s fifth inning single, the Dodgers did not have another hit until Mookie Bates singled out in the ninth with two outs. By then, the game had been exposed on him, when the Rockies scored four unearned runs in the seventh inning.
The innings began with Blackmon tapping a ball to the right of the pitcher’s mound. Dodgers reliever Alex Vesia scoops it up and runs to tag Blackmon. The two collided, Vesiya went down hard near first base and dropped the ball.
Vescia remained in, but just two of the next six batsmen retired, giving Sam Hilliard a three-run home run when Dave Roberts deliberately picked catcher Elias Diaz to set up a left-to-left matchup for Vescia. . To exit the shift.
There is much more to come on this story.