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DENVER (AP) – Trevor Bauer took a no-hit offer for the seventh inning on his Los Angeles debut before allowing two homers out of two runs, and the Dodgers held on after building a big lead to the Colorado on Friday night Beat the Rockies 11-6.
The game had a little bit of everything from seven of the Dodgers’ 16 hits aiming for extra bases – no homers though – to a gray cat making a surprise appearance on the field in the eighth inning. The furry cat hung in the middle with Cody Bellinger for a moment before being picked up and taken out by stadium staff.
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One cat is free in Coors Field
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– Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) April 3, 2021
Bauer (1-0) purred through six innings as the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner stunned the Rockies with a dancing slider and a nasty four-seam fastball.
Then the seventh rolled over.
Trevor Story broke Bauer’s no-hit offer with a single, and Charlie Blackmon ended the shutout with a homer with two runs. Ryan McMahon later followed suit with another homer in two runs. David Price eventually replaced Bauer and gave two consecutive homers to Dom Nuñez and Sam Hilliard, turning a 10-0 game into a 10-6 game.
It was only the second time in the history of the Rockies that they have returned four times in one inning. The other time was June 6, 1999.
Bauer wore his pants pulled up to reveal the blue Dodger socks. He made 6 1/3 innings and allowed four runs while hitting 10.
Righty, 30, signed a three-year $ 102 million free agent deal in February after winning 4-5 for Cincinnati last season with an ERA of 1.73.
In spring training, Bauer initially challenged himself by keeping his right eye closed to get out of a traffic jam.
He probably wanted to close his eyes during the seventh inning. Previously, CJ Cron was the only Rockies player to make base against Bauer. He went in the second inning and scored third baseman Justin Turner’s fault in the fifth.
The starter of the Rockies, Antonio Senzatela (0-1), fought unusually at home, lasting 3 1/3 innings and allowing seven runs. He started the game with six wins over his last eight home starts.
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Reigning World Series Champion Dodgers improved to 23-8 over the past three seasons against the Rocky Mountains. They lost the season opener 8-5 on Thursday in a game in which Clayton Kershaw struggled and Bellinger had a homer into an RBI -Single turned and passed Turner on the bases.
COORS ALL-STAR GAME?
Major League Baseball overturned its decision to host the All-Star game in Atlanta this summer. The move came in response to a comprehensive new electoral law in Georgia that critics say will negatively affect color communities.
When asked if Coors Field should be the replacement location, pitcher Jon Gray replied: “The home run derby would be legendary.”
Bauer’s 10 strikes raised $ 10,000 in a new initiative he launched earlier in the day called “Ks for a Cause”. Each month, a new nonprofit group focused on STEM or youth programs in the Los Angeles area is named to receive $ 1,000 per strike.
Rockies helpers Ben Bowden and Jordan Sheffield made their major league debuts.
Dodgers: C Austin Barnes (hand) had a scheduled day off but manager Dave Roberts expected to be on the lineup on Saturday.
Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (tense shoulder) does strengthening exercises in Arizona. “He’s feeling better every day,” said manager Bud Black.
Dodger’s right Walker Buehler takes the hill on Saturday as the Rockies counter with Gray. Right-handed Gray started eight times last season before joining the injured list with an infection in his pitching shoulder.
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