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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
LA Dodgers0 0 2 2 0 1 1 1 0 7120
Colorado0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 382
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  W: T. Gonsolin (12-1)   L: G. Márquez (6-9)
12:10 PM PT1:10 PM MT2:10 PM CT3:10 PM ET15:10 ET19:10 GMT3:10 12:10 PM MST2:10 PM EST2:40 PM VEN23:10 UAE1:10 PM CT, July 31, 2022
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado  Attendance: 36,212

Behind German Marquez, Rockies look to salvage series split with Dodgers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Los Angeles Dodgers at Colorado Rockies

  1. The Dodgers are a major league-best 18-4 in July, despite dropping two of three at home to Washington this week. They've won four in a row against Colorado but lost both series at Coors Field this season.
  2. Dodgers LHP Tyler Anderson tied his season high by allowing 10 hits over six innings the last time he faced Colorado on June 27 at Coors Field. He's given up one unearned run on seven hits over 12 IP in his last two starts, slicing his ERA from 3.15 to 2.79, which ranks eighth in the NL.
  3. Dodgers OF Mookie Betts has a .324/.364/.535 slash line with nine extra-base hits and 17 runs scored during a 15-game hitting streak at Coors Field. Los Angeles is 39-10 this season when he scores a run.
  4. The Rockies have won 13 of their last 18 games at home, where they lead the majors in runs scored (307), batting average (.287), on-base percentage (.355) and slugging (.464). While they're next-to-last in the majors with a 4.82 ERA at Coors Field, that figure drops to 3.33 in six games against the Dodgers.
  5. Rockies C Elias Diaz delivered a two-run walk-off single on Wednesday and has a .467/.556/.800 slash line with 10 RBI during a season-high nine-game on-base streak. After going 3-for-35 (.086) with RISP to start the season, he's 12-for-27 (.444) since May 29.
  6. Rockies 2B Brendan Rodgers has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games at a .327/.364/.469 clip. He's batting .380/.459/.660 in his last 14 home contests and went 7-for-11 (.636) with a homer, two doubles and five RBI against the Dodgers in a three-game series at Coors Field from June 27-29.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/28/2022 thru 7/31/2022

The Colorado Rockies aren't out of the playoff chase in late July, but their prospects of reaching the postseason are fading each day.

The Rockies would need an immediate turnaround to reach the playoffs this year. The upside is Colorado has only seven games left with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have ruled the National League West for a decade.

On Sunday, the two teams will wrap up a four-game series in Denver, with Los Angeles sending right-hander Tony Gonsolin (11-1, 2.26 ERA) against Colorado righty German Marquez (6-8, 5.25).

Colorado bounced back from losing the first two games to win 5-3 on Saturday night.

Marquez was the team's lone All-Star in 2021 and has pitched well of late, recording three straight quality starts and has dropped his ERA from 6.16 in five weeks.

He will face the Dodgers for the fourth time this season. He is 0-2 with a 5.51 ERA against them this year, and for his career, he is 2-3 with a 3.56 ERA in 14 starts.

"He needs to stay on the attack, try to avoid as many 1-0, 2-1, 3-1 counts as possible," Colorado manager Bud Black said. "I think this group sort of thrives on that. And I think German, for the most part, has done that in his last few of starts. There'll be a lot of lefties in here (Sunday). He's got to land the breaking ball."

Gonsolin hasn't missed many spots this season -- or against Colorado at any point. He has 90 strikeouts in 99 2/3 innings this year, and his career mark against the Rockies is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in five games -- four starts.

Gonsolin's surprise season has bolstered a rotation that has been hit hard by injuries. Walker Buehler hasn't pitched since early June and isn't expected back for at least another month. The bullpen has also suffered injuries, with Victor Gonzalez, Tommy Kahnle, Daniel Hudson, Blake Treinen and Brusdar Graterol going down this year.

The good news for Los Angeles is most, if not all, are expected to return this year, but as insurance the team acquired veteran reliever Chris Martin from the Chicago Cubs for Zach McKinstry on Saturday.

Martin is expected to join the team in Denver for Sunday's game.

Martin helped the Atlanta Braves win the World Series last season and could get a second title if the Dodgers continue to play well. At minimum he provides another arm in the bullpen.

"We've got guys that are coming back, but there's no guarantee," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "He's performed in big spots. He's a veteran player who went to Japan, he commands the baseball, so just to kind of have them here, I think it's great opportunity for him and for us."

--Field Level Media

Updated July 31, 2022

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