Final: Dodgers open series with 13-0 rout of Rockies
The Dodgers seventh shutout of the season was completed by none other than Hanser Alberto, who pitched a scoreless ninth inning to complete the Dodgers’ dominant series opening win.
The Dodgers are now 66-32.
Final: Dodgers 13, Rockies 0
Tyler Anderson completes scoreless seven-inning start
Tyler Anderson is the rare pitcher to have a lower career ERA at Coors Field, than every other park combined.
And on Thursday, the former Rockies left-hander continued to have success at his old home field.
Anderson pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up just four hits, walking none and racking up four strikeouts. His ERA on the season is now 2.61.
His career ERA at Coors Field: 4.03 — almost half a run better than all his other starts (4.47).
Mid 8th: Dodgers lead 13-0
Blowout is on as Dodgers extend lead to 11-0 in the fourth inning
The rout is officially on.
After a scoreless third inning from the Dodgers, their lineup exploded for five innings in the fourth — benefitting from more bad defense, a throwing error by pitcher José Ureña; more good baserunning from Trea Turner, who slid home safely on a two-run single from Will Smith; and more all around production from the lineup, which also got a Gavin Lux RBI single and Cody Bellinger two-run double.
Tyler Anderson, meanwhile, is through three scoreless innings on less than 40 pitches.
Mid 4th: Dodgers lead 11-0
Dustin May completes second rehab start; will need at least one more before making big-league return
Dustin May’s second rehab start with triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday night went much better than the first.
After struggling with his command in a two-inning outing last week, May pitched three scoreless innings on Thursday as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery.
With his sinker touching 99.9 mph, the right-hander struck out six batters while giving up just two hits. He threw 46 pitches, 32 for strikes.
Prior to May’s outing Thursday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the 24-year-old will make at least one more rehab start next week. The team will assess his progress then, though it’s likely he will need another outing after that.
When May does return to the majors, the plan is to bring him back as a starter.
Depending on how he performs down the stretch of the regular season, he could be a member of the playoff rotation, or serve in a hybrid role come October, similar to how he’s been used in the playoffs in years past.
Trea Turner hits bases-loaded double as Dodgers open up big early lead
The Rockies defense gave the Dodgers another opening in the second inning.
They made their hosts pay.
With two on and no outs, the Rockies had a chance to turn a key double-play ball on a Zach McKinstry grounder to first.
Connor Joe’s throw to second base, however, hit baserunner Cody Bellinger in back. Everybody was safe. The bases were suddenly loaded. And two batters later, Trea Turner came to the plate and lined a three-run double down the line.
Will Smith tacked on another run with an RBI double of his own later in the frame.
Mid 2nd: Dodgers lead 6-0
Dodgers take early lead with some aggressive baserunning
The Dodgers struck twice in the opening inning. And they had some aggressive baserunning to thank.
After a Trea Turner single (giving him a 15-game hitting streak) and Freddie Freeman walk, the two attempted a double-steal with two outs in the inning.
Turner not slid into third safely, but then got up and ran home after a throw from catcher Elias Díaz trickled away.
Later in the same at-bat, a wild pitch from José Ureña got past Díaz, allowing Freeman (who had gone to third on the bad throw) to score.
Mid 1st: Dodgers lead 2-0
Blake Treinen ready to take important step in recovery
Blake Treinen’s expected return hasn’t changed, with the Dodgers still hoping to get the right-handed reliever back in late August.
But Treinen will take the next step in his recovery earlier than expected. He is scheduled to face hitters Friday for the first time since hurting his shoulder in April.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts relayed the news Thursday — just two days after he said Treinen was still a few weeks away from facing hitters.
Treinen, however, feels ready to throw to hitters after several weeks of bullpen sessions.
He will do so at Dodger Stadium on Friday — injured outfielder Chris Taylor will be one of the hitters he faces — then rejoin the team later on this road trip in San Francisco.
“[His return is] getting closer,” Roberts said. “I still don’t see Blake being back within in the next three weeks. So end of August make sense.”
Treinen has been one of several key relievers the Dodgers have played without this year, including Daniel Hudson, Tommy Kahnle and, lately, Brusdar Graterol.
To this point, the team has managed, owning a 3.36 bullpen ERA that ranks sixth in the majors. They also have the third-best team ERA in eighth innings, the time Treinen usually pitches as the de facto set-up man.
Getting the right-hander back in time for the postseason, however, could still be crucial for the Dodgers, who are hoping Treinen is one of several arms currently on the mend who could contribute down the stretch.
Graterol and fellow injured pitcher Walker Buehler also stayed back in Los Angeles this weekend to continue rehabbing.
Graterol (shoulder inflammation) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session in the coming days. Buehler (flexor tendon strain) will continue to play catch.
Both will rejoin the team next week in San Francisco.
Zach McKinstry will get only his second start of the season Thursday, batting ninth against Rockies right-hander José Ureña.
Justin Turner was not in the lineup, as Roberts had indicated Wednesday. Turner, who has been battling some rib-area discomfort the last week, will also not start Friday.
Roberts said the team is “picking our spots” with the 37-year-old veteran. “That’s where we’re at with him,” Roberts added. “There’s nothing else [bothering him].”
Here’s the Dodgers full lineup Thursday, with Tyler Anderson (10-1, 2.79 ERA) on the mound.
Dodgers dugout: Here’s why the Dodgers won’t get Juan Soto
Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and what will the Dodgers do at the trade deadline?
The trade deadline is Tuesday, and unless you’ve been off the planet the last week, most of the speculation centers on where Juan Soto of the Nationals will end up. Oddsmakers on Tuesday made the San Diego Padres the favorites to get him, followed by the Dodgers, Cardinals and Mets. Soto reportedly turned down a 15-year, $440-million extension offer by Washington, which later announced it would listen to trade offers for him. Of course, Soto remains under team control for a couple more seasons, so the Nationals don’t have to trade him this year, but the general consensus is they will.
Before we talk about the Dodgers acquiring Soto, let’s look at what makes him such a big deal.
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Dodgers should trade for Juan Soto and avoid mistake Angels made with Mike Trout
The phenom is now an old man.
Mike Trout has a back problem that he will have to manage for the rest of his career, the diagnosis trainer Mike Frostad relayed to reporters in Kansas City marking the latest round of trouble to strike the Angels.
The news provided a warning of sorts for the Dodgers, who are exploring a trade with the Washington Nationals for Juan Soto.
The lesson here shouldn’t be about the risks of placing a massive wager on a single player but of what can happen to teams that don’t take advantage of their opportunities.
Instead of discouraging the Dodgers from pursuing the 23-year-old Soto, the Angels’ failures with Trout should compel Andrew Friedman to complete a deal with the Nationals before the Aug. 2 trade deadline.
ICYMI: Six-run first inning propels Dodgers and Andrew Heaney to easy win over Nationals
The difference was night and day.
After scoring only four runs in two losses to the lowly Washington Nationals, the Dodgers took aim just after high noon Wednesday and immediately unloaded on left-hander Patrick Corbin in a 7-1 victory.
They scored six first-inning runs, rata-tat-tat, stringing together six consecutive hits with two out, effectively putting the game out of reach before many in the sun-drenched crowd had taken their seats at Dodger Stadium.
The beneficiary was starter Andrew Heaney, who pitched four scoreless innings in his first start in five weeks. His ERA in four starts this season is an impeccable 0.47. Effectiveness seems a given with Heaney, who signed a one-year, $8-million deal with the Dodgers during the offseason.
How to watch and stream the Dodgers this season
Here’s a look at the Dodgers broadcast and streaming schedule for the remainder of the 2022 regular season: