No ground lost, but Dodgers watch their backs
By Cary Osborne
Thus far in this series there have been only a few silver linings for the Dodgers underneath Denver’s grey skies.
The biggest is the Dodgers’ haven’t lost any ground to the Giants with two losses in two days to the Rockies — the latest a 12-2 setback on Wednesday night. (San Francisco lost 5-4 in Philadelphia in 12 innings.) But the Rockies are gaining ground.
Since July 21:
San Francisco: 4-8
The Dodgers have gained 2 1/2 games on the Giants in that span and trail them by two games for first place in the National League West. The Rockies have gained 6 1/2 games and are now seven in back of the Giants.
The Dodgers received two-hit games on Wednesday from Justin Turner and A.J. Ellis. Turner gave the Dodgers a lead in the first inning with a two-run homer. He now leads the Dodgers with 19 homers on the season.
But the Rockies scored five runs in the bottom of the first.
Rookie Brock Stewart, called up on Wednesday from Triple-A Oklahoma City and making his second big league start, was hit hard by the Rockies — nine earned runs and 10 hits in four innings. Stewart surrendered home runs to Nolan Arenado, Mark Reynolds, D.J. LeMahieu and Carlos Gonzalez. Stewart has given up four home runs in 110 minor league innings this season.
Gonzalez also homered off Julio Urías in the sixth inning. Urías, in the first relief appearance of his big league career, gave up three earned runs and six hits in three innings, but struck out three. He joined Ralph Branca (1945, 69 strikeouts) and Don Drysdale (1956, 55 strikeouts) as the only Dodgers 19 or younger to strike out 50 or more batters in a season. Urías now has 51
Josh Fields, who was acquired on Monday from Houston and also called up from Oklahoma City on Wednesday, worked a scoreless fifth inning.