A pair of teams in the thick of the NL West race continue their weekend set in the Rocky Mountains. The Los Angeles Dodgers are on the road as they travel to face the Colorado Rockies in the third game of a four game set Saturday night. Los Angeles took an 8-5 victory in the opening game of the series Thursday night. The pitching matchup for Friday night’s second game of the set saw Kenta Maeda take the ball for Los Angeles against the Rockies’ Jon Gray. First pitch in that contest was scheduled for 8:40 pm ET.
Los Angeles Dodgers In Thick of NL West Race
Los Angeles prevailed in the opening game of the series Thursday night to win for the third time in four games. The Dodgers improved to 64-52 on the year and entered Friday tied with Arizona for the NL West lead. Los Angeles led 3-1 after six and a half, trailed 5-3 after seven and were tied after eight innings before scoring three in the ninth for the win. The Dodgers got two hits each from Manny Machado, Justin Turner and Cody Bellinger (run, two RBI) in the victory. Ross Stripling recorded a no-decision as he allowed a run on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts in six innings. Caleb Ferguson (3-1) earned the win with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits with a walk and no strikeouts. Scott Alexander worked the ninth for his second save.
Walker Buehler is projected to take the mound for his 15th appearance and 14th start of the season for the Dodgers in this contest. He is 5-4 with a 3.63 ERA, a 1.063 WHIP, 16 walks and 79 strikeouts over 74.1 innings of action this season. Buehler picked up the win in his last start, which came Sunday at home against the Astros. He threw 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in a 3-2 Dodgers win. Buehler is 1-2 with a 4.24 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, three walks and 20 strikeouts over 17 innings of work in his last three starts. He makes his seventh career appearance and third start against the Rockies in this contest: he has no record, a 5.71 ERA, a 1.327 WHIP, seven walks and 14 strikeouts over 17.1 innings of work. Buehler has no record, a 6.75 ERA, a 2.00 WHIP, five walks and five strikeouts over eight innings in three career appearances, one start, at Coors Field.
Colorado Rockies Battling in NL Playoff Picture
Colorado was let down by their bullpen once again as the team gave up seven runs in the final three innings to take the loss. The Rockies dropped to 60-55 on the year: they trail Arizona and Los Angeles by 3.5 games in the NL West picture and for the second wild card spot. Nolan Arenado (run, RBI) and Chris Iannetta (run, three RBI) each had three hits for Colorado in a losing effort. Tyler Anderson recorded a no-decision as he allowed a run on four hits with a walk and six strikeouts over six innings of work. Wade Davis (1-6) took the loss as he gave up three runs on three hits in one-third of an inning.
Kyle Freeland gets the ball for the Rockies as he makes his 24th start of the season in this contest. He comes in 10-7 with a 3.04 ERA, a 1.245 WHIP, 50 walks and 110 strikeouts over 139 innings of work this season. Freeland picked up the victory in his last start, which came at home against Pittsburgh Monday. He threw seven innings, allowing no runs on two hits with three walks and five strikeouts in a 2-0 Colorado win. Freeland is 2-1 with a 1.47 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP, nine walks and 15 strikeouts over 18.1 innings in his last three starts. He makes his sixth career start against the Dodgers in this one: he is 1-3 with a 4.26 ERA, a 1.658 WHIP, 13 walks and 15 strikeouts over 25.1 innings of work against them. Freeland is 13-10 with a 3.08 ERA, a 1.309 WHIP, 59 walks and 117 strikeouts over 149 innings in 29 career appearances, 26 starts, at Coors Field