Wrap: Dodgers fall in 16 innings to Colorado


LOS ANGELES – In their longest game in eight years, the Dodgers finally succumbed, dropping a 5-4 game to the Colorado Rockies in 16 innings.

Starter Mat Latos came on in relief in the 16th inning and gave up a solo home run to Nolan Arenado to center field. Latos was the 11th pitcher the Dodgers used, setting a franchise record.

The Dodgers rallied to tie the game in the 11th inning when Scott Schebler scored but his blast to the deepest part of the ballpark came up about two feet short of tying the game. The Dodgers managed to get the tying run to third base in the bottom of the 16th but no further.

Brett Anderson started and pitched well before turning it over to an army of relief pitchers who held the Rockies to two runs over the final ten innings. The pitching staff struck out 18 Rockies.

The Dodgers used 28 players, which tied a team record set on Sept. 13, 1982. The teams combined to use 58 players, which set a Major League record for one game.

Schebler, who helped kill a rally in the ninth inning when he was picked off of second base, started one in the 11th inning with a walk. When Corey Seager's seeing-eye single found it's way through the middle, Schebler reached third and scored on an infield tapper by Chris Heisey. 

The Dodgers tied the game in the seventh with a strange, two-run rally but failed to cash in on a golden scoring opportunity in the ninth inning when the first three batters reached base.

The Dodgers picked up a run on three hits in the first inning but then managed just one base runner on a walk until the sixth inning.

They trailed 3-1 in the seventh when they pieced together a rally on a leadoff double by Adrian Gonzalez, two walks, a sacrifice fly and pop fly hit to tie the score. Austin Barnes, pinch hitting for Joc Pederson, sent a pop up into shallow left field that fell in, bringing in pinch-runner Jimmy Rollins with the tying run.

Anderson gave up a quiet seven hits and struck out seven batters while walking none through six innings. The Rockies scored all three of their runs in the fourth on a handful of infield hits and a throwing error by Seager.

Much of the crowd of 45,311 was sent scurrying in the early innings when rain started falling. The last few innings were played in a heavy mist but there was not a rain delay.

The Dodgers lost but so did the San Francisco Giants, reducing the magic number to clinch the division to 11 games.

At the plate

Justin Ruggiano led off the game with a double into the left-field corner. He took third base on Chase Utley ground out and scored when Justin Turner smashed a single off the glove of Colorado shortstop Jose Reyes. Gonzalez picked up the Dodgers third hit of the first inning with an opposite field single to beat the shift but A.J. Ellis grounded into a double play to end the inning.

Seager lined a hard groundball toward the outfield in the second inning but Reyes made a nice stab of the ball and threw him out. Seager was robbed of a hit again in the fifth inning when second baseman D.J. LeMahieu made a sliding stop of a grounder and threw him out. Again in the ninth, Seager laced a ball toward short that Reyes made a great stop on, robbing him of a third hit. In the 13th inning, Seager was robbed of a hit for the fourth time in the game.

Utley’s line drive to center field in the sixth inning was the Dodgers’ first hit since the first inning. 

Gonzalez doubled to start a two-run rally in the seventh that was highlighted by the pop fly single of Barnes.

The Dodgers had a chance to win it in the ninth with a runner on third and one out but failed to push across the game winner.

Utley got the crowd on its feet with a long blast in the 10th inning that was caught at the top of the center field fence. 

On the mound

The Rockies got bunt base hits on the first two pitches of the game but Anderson retired the next three batters to keep Colorado from scoring. Pitcher Chris Rusin was the first batter to hit a ball out of the infield when he flew out to lead off the third inning. Anderson struck out two and stranded a man on third to get through the third.

Anderson was the victim of a little bad luck in the third inning when he gave up a couple of soft hits and a Seager error helped the Rockies to three runs. 

J.P. Howell, Luis Avilan and Hatcher each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Jim Johnson gave up a walk and two hits, including one off of his leg to laod the bases in the 10th inning but he struck out a batter with one out and Ian Thomas came on to get a groundout to end the inning. Nicasio allowed a triple just out of the reach of Chris Heisey in center field and a run-scoring single in the 11th inning.

In the field

Turner snared a line drive at third base with two runners on for the second out of the first inning. Ellis made a nice play on a ball that rolled out in front of home plate for the first out of the second inning. Anderson had Reyes picked off in the third inning but the shortstop went sprinting for second base but Gonzalez’s throw hit the runner in the back, allowing him to get to third on the throwing error. A Seager error allowed the first Rockies’ run to score. Utley and Turner each made nice plays for the first two outs of the fourth inning. Gonzalez made an unusual unassisted double play in the sixth inning when he fielded a grounder, took it to the base and then chased down the runner who was on first.

On the base paths

Rollins hustled home from third with the tying run in the seventh inning when Barnes’ popup fell in between three Colorado fielders in left field. Scott Schebler was picked off second base in the ninth inning after Chris Heisey missed a bunt attempt. Seager moved up to second on the play and took third on a wild pitch. Turner was thrown out at second trying to stretch a single into a double for the third out of the 10th inning.

What’s Next?       

Left-hander Alex Wood (10-10, 3.81 ERA) hopes to improve on his rough outing against Arizona last weekend when he takes on Colorado and lefty Jorge De La Rosa (9-6, 4.28 ERA) in the series finale with the Rockies on Wednesday. The game starts at 7 p.m. on SportsNet LA.