On paper, the Rockies seemed to have at least a fighting chance against Los Angeles Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
OK, sure, the Dodgers started Trevor Bauer, the 2020 National League Cy Young Award winner. And, yeah, OK, the Rockies’ track record at Chavez Ravine is not good.
But the Rockies had right-hander Antonio Senzatela on the mound and he was coming off an eight-inning, scoreless gem against Arizona.
As things turned out, the Rockies’ chances were paper thin.
The Dodgers romped, 7-0, as Bauer threw seven scoreless innings in his Dodger Stadium debut. The right-hander allowed one hit, walked two and struck out nine. Colorado’s only knock against Bauer was an infield hit by Garrett Hampson in the third inning. Hampson also got Colorado’s only other hit, a single in the ninth off reliever Scott Alexander.
The Rockies (3-8) are 0-4 on their first road trip of the season and have scored a grand total of four runs. They have been held scoreless for 21 consecutive innings.
Senzatela was no match for Bauer. He gave up three solo homers, including back-to-back blasts by Corey Seager and Chris Taylor in the first. Senzatela was gone after 2 2/3 innings, having given up five runs (four earned) and five hits as his ERA soared to 7.07.
Dodger Stadium has been a house of horrors for Senzatela. He’s never won there in six starts, with the Rockies going 0-6. His record is 0-4 with a 7.76 ERA, with 10 home runs allowed, including a career-high four home runs on Aug. 23, 2020.
Bauer, on the other hand, was magnificent. He kept the Rockies off-balance with curves, sliders and a variable-speed fastball. He finished the game retiring 14 in a row and 18 of the last 19 batters faced.
L.A. improved to 26-8 vs. the Rockies over the last three seasons. Those 26 wins are the most by any National League team against a single opponent.
Rockies RHP Jon Gray (1-0, 1.54 ERA) at Dodgers RHP Dustin May (1-0, 0.00)
8:10 p.m. Wednesday, Dodger Stadium
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM
Gray was excellent in both of his early starts, and he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Arizona last Thursday. In his first start, he had to leave the game after five innings due to cramping in his legs, but he allowed just one run across his first four innings vs. the Dodgers. Gray has been roughed up at Dodger Stadium. In six career starts in L.A., he’s 1-5 with a 6.84 ERA. May had to battle to win the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation and he proved his worth in his first start of the season. He struck out eight and threw six scoreless innings in the Dodgers’ 10-3 win over Oakland. The six innings tied a career-high for the right-hander. May will be pitching on eight days’ rest.
Trending: Following his 0-for-14 slump, shortstop Trevor Story got hot and he was riding a four-game hitting streak entering Tuesday night’s game at Los Angeles. He was batting .467 (7-for-15) over the four-game stretch with two doubles, one triple and two RBIs. He was still looking to hit his first home run.
At issue: The Rockies’ bullpen has been a weak link in the early going, as evidence by its 5.92 ERA, which was the worst in the National League entering Tuesday’s play. The relievers’ 9.00 strikeouts per nine innings ranked 11th in the NL.
Thursday: Rockies LHP Austin Gomber (0-2, 2.89) at Dodgers LHP Julio Urias (2-0, 2.85), 8:10 p.m., ATTRM
Friday: Mets RHP Marcus Stroman, (1-0, 1.42) at Rockies RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez (1-0. 3.60), 6:40 p.m, ATTRM
Saturday: Mets TBD at Rockies RHP German Marquez (0-1, 4.02), 6:10 p.m., ATTRM
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