Los Angeles-- If you are a pitcher for the 2019 Colorado Rockies, you are counting down the days before the season ends. It's been that abysmal.
Joc Pederson, on the other hand, does not want the season to end whatsoever.
Pederson homered leading off (doing what he does), roped a double, and smashed a three-run shot, before a spectacular home run robbery catch knocked him out of last night’s game.
Joc, please take a bow after that performance.
The Colorado Rockies fall to 3-10 against the Los Angeles Dodgers with another poor performance from the pitching staff in a 16-9 beatdown on Monday night.
The Dodgers launched seven home runs, tied for the most ever against the Rockies. The last time a team had a similar accomplishment was July 2, 2002, by the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field.
There were 11 homers in all Monday night, as well as 11 doubles. The game marked the first time in big-league history that were at least 11 doubles and 11 homers hit in a single contest.
Colorado, meanwhile, lost its seventh consecutive game and fell for the 13th time in its last 15 games. Since June 21 they own a 19-46 record, after they had occupied the top wild-card spot earlier in the season.
Talk about an early collapse.
Walker Buehler (12-3) surrendered eight hits, six runs, in five innings. "Just nothing really working, just didn't throw many pitches I really liked or liked where they ended up," Buehler said. "Glad it didn't cost us the game."
Trevor Story led off the game with a solo shot, then two doubles later it was 2-0 after the top of the first inning.
22-year old rookie, Peter Lambert, (2-6) struggled once again. He gave up six runs and eight hits in 1 2/3 innings. Lambert has not won a game since June 11, and the Rockies are 2-12 in his last 14 starts. More crucial for Lambert, his ERA is now 7.19 overall and 7.47 on the road. He has served up 17 home runs in 76⅓ innings.
Joc Pederson led off with a bomb and then a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch by Matt Beaty tied the score 2-2 after one inning.
Kenosha, Wisconsin native, Gavin Lux, had an impressive rookie debut, going 2-5 with a double and three runs. The highly touted infield prospect hit the first pitch he saw to center field for a single in the second.
In the 2nd, Pederson was inches away from clearing the right-field wall with his RBI double, and he later destroyed a three-run homer off Yency Almonte in the third to put the game out of reach.
Despite a leadoff home run by Trevor Story (No. 30) and a two-run blast by Nolan Arenado in the third (No. 36), both off Walker Buehler, Colorado was never really in the game because Lambert lasted only 1⅔ innings.
The Dodgers’ seven homers: two each by Joc Pederson and Chris Taylor; and one each by Matt Beaty, Corey Seager, and MVP candidate Cody Bellinger.
Monday marked the 20th time this season that Los Angeles hit at least four homers in a game, extending its franchise record. The Dodgers are four home runs shy of the single-season National League record of 249.
Julio Urias takes the mound tonight after his 20-game suspension by MLB for a domestic violence incident. Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-6, 8.07) goes for his first victory after the team lost all eight of his starts since June 25.
Dodgers are 90-48.