LOS ANGELES—Alex Wood has not had the best of luck at Coors field. Previously sporting an 11.25 ERA in the last four games at the arena, he finally began to reverse his fortunes on Saturday, May 13. Wood struck out 10 batters over six innings and he even managed to score a run himself while denying the Rockies any.
“You have enough bad ones here, eventually you’re able to have a good one,” Wood said with a smile. “That’s just kind of how it went tonight. I just felt the execution was there. That was the biggest part for me. You never know what your ball is going to do, but I felt like I was able to command it pretty good. And I felt that was the difference for sure.”
This is the second consecutive game that Wood has recorded at least 10 strikeouts after fanning 11 batters in Monday’s win against the Pirates. Wood (4-0), similar to Dodgers who have won 12 of their last 15 games, has been on a roll of late and his manager has taken notice.
“He’s found a nice rhythm,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “Obviously, this is a tough place to pitch and to give us a six-inning shutout was big.
Opposing pitcher Tyler Anderson was not able to experience similar success. He lasted five and two-third innings, giving up seven hits, five of which were for extra bases, and three runs. It all started when Aaron Barnes hit a double in the second inning that scored Kike Hernandez. Wood was able to provide his own run support as he scored Aaron Barnes with a sacrifice bunt, making it 2-0 after the second inning. Brett Eibner smashed a 464 foot homer in the fifth and and Justin Turners RBI double in the seventh inning gave the Dodgers more than enough runs to secure the win.
The Rockies, who play in a notorious hitters park, were shut out at home for the second time this year. Great defense like Cody Bellinger’s unassisted double play, spearing Gonzalez’s searing line drive and catching Nolan Arenado, aboard with a walk, off the bag, coupled with great pitching spelled their doom. After Wood left the game, three Dodger relievers, Josh Fields, Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen, combined to only allow two hits, while keeping the Rockies shut out.
“It was tough for us to put a rally together,” said Rockies’ star Carlos Gonzalez. “We hit sharp line drives right at the corners. They pitched well. Wood is having a good year.”
The Dodgers are now only a half game behind Colorado in the National League West standings. They can leapfrog the Rockies with a win on Sunday afternoon when 20 year old Julio Urias (0-0, 1.06 ERA) will seek his first win of the season. The Rockies will rely on Antonin Senzatela (5-1, 2.86 ERA) to stop the Dodgers from taking lead in the division.