LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers continue to be one of the hottest teams in baseball and show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. With Sunday’s 8-3 win against the Rockies, the Dodgers completed a four-game series sweep over their last-place NL West counterpart and improved their win streak to eight consecutive games in a row.
Here are three takeaways from Sunday’s series finale against Colorado:
Urías delivers masterful performance
Julio Urías continued his streak of turning in quality starts for the Dodgers in the month of August. The left-hander matched his career high in strikeouts with a total of 12 through seven innings of work while allowing three runs. Despite finishing with a dominant performance, Urías faced adversity early on in the game. With the Dodgers leading 2-0 in the top of third, Rockies’ outfielder Cole Tucker hit a single that barely stayed fair down the right field foul line. Tucker’s base hit scored Austin Wynns, who reached base on a double to left, to cut the LA lead in half 2-1. After the Dodgers tacked on another run to regain the lead, Urías allowed a two-run homer to Alan Trejo in the fourth. With the game tied 3-3, Urías showed signs of frustration by yelling to himself on the mound. The left-hander responded to his mistake by striking out the side in the fifth and sixth innings, striking out as many as seven Colorado batters in a row. With the win, Urías improved his record to 10-6 on the year with an ERA of 4.35 as he headlines a pitching staff that continues to be an important component to the Dodgers success since the all-star break.
Betts breaks the game open
After being sidelined in Saturday night’s game due to illness, Mookie Betts immediately picked up where he left off by delivering a gut punch to Colorado in the sixth. With LA already having scored a run in the inning off a sacrifice fly, Betts stepped to the plate with an opportunity to do some real damage. Betts took advantage by drilling a double into the right-center field gap to score two more runs for his team which extended the lead 7-3.
Four RBI’s for Rojas
Miguel Rojas also had a great day at the plate for LA. The 34 year old veteran shortstop collected four RBI’s in the contest to go along with his second homer this season. Rojas’s solo shot came in the fourth with the game knotted at 3-3 off Colorado’s left-handed starter Kyle Freeland. Rojas also contributed to a big sixth inning for the Dodgers with a sacrifice fly to center field which scored his middle infield partner Kiké Hernandez for a 5-3 lead before Betts broke the contest open with his two-RBI double.
The Dodgers will now have a much needed day off before welcoming the Milwaukee Brewers to town for a three game series on Tuesday. LA will look to rookie pitcher Bobby Miller to start on the mound with first pitch set for 7:10 p.m. PST.