Austin Gomber, Rockies fall behind early, drop 3 of 4 in series against Dodgers

As far as debuts go, Austin Gomber’s was a pratfall.

The left-hander, pitching in Rockies purple for the first time, was uncharacteristically wild and put his team in a 3-0 hole from which it never recovered.

Meanwhile, Dodgers lefty Julio Urias baffled Colorado hitters for seven-plus, allowing one run on three hits, striking out six and walking only one.

The result was a 4-2 Los Angeles Dodgers’ victory Sunday afternoon at Coors Field.

The loss equaled more LoDo misery for the Rockies against L.A., which took three of four games to open the season. The Rockies have not won a series against the Dodgers at Coors Field since Aug. 9-12, 2018, dropping six consecutive series since that time, going 6-14.

Colorado jazzed up the crowd a bit in the eighth, scoring two runs, with Garrett Hampson ripping a double to left-center off reliever Jimmy Nelson to score Ryan McMahon and Chris Owings.

Gomber, the lone big-league piece of the trade that shipped star third baseman Nolan Arenado to St. Louis, struggled from the outset. He walked Mookie Betts to open the game and then got a groundball back to the mound for a likely double play. Except that Gomber threw the ball away into center field for an error.

Gomber then uncorked a wild pitch and subsequently muffed the throw at the plate from catcher Elias Diaz — a throw that likely would have nailed Betts at home.

By the time the first-inning mess was over, L.A. had walked four times and posted a 3-0 lead — without a hit.

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Gomber departed early, needing 73 pitches (just 37 of them strikes) to get through three innings. Colorado’s bullpen came to the rescue and kept the Rockies in the game, with Chi Chi Gonzalez pitching three scoreless innings and Carlos adding a fourth.

In the eighth, however, Will Smith launched a 438-foot solo homer to left off of Robert Stevenson to push the lead to 4-0. Stevenson was part of the Jeff Hoffman trade with Cincinnati in November.

Entering Sunday’s game, Urias had a poor track record at Coors Field, going 0-1 …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports

      

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