Sunday Recap: All Things Being Equal Doesn't Ease Pain of 3 Walk Offs By Dodgers

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It wasn't merely that the Dodgers swept a three-game series with walk-off victories in all three games. They did it with three different rookies proividing the game-winning hit, a Major League Baseball first. Will Smith delivered the pinch-hit, three-run blast in the ninth inning of Sunday's 6-3 win. That came after Alex Verdugo put an exclamation point on the first two-home run game of his career with the walk-off shot in the 11th inning on Saturday. And on Friday, Matt Beaty delivered the two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth.

The Rockies had been the victim of walk-off losses in three consecutive games twice before -- but not to the same team. They were walked off May 5-7, 2011 by the D-backs in one game and the Giants in the two others. And they were walked off three games in a row July 30-Aug. 1, 2003 by the Reds in two games and the Pirates in the other.

And to think, the Rockies had walked off five wins themselves prior to the weekend, and before the Dodgers, the Rockies had suffered a walk-off loss only twice.

At the Plate

David Dahl gave the Rockies an early lift, hitting a first-inning home run. It was his third this year against the Dodgers. He has only five others. And it was his fifth career home run against the Dodgers, his most against any team.

On the Mound

Antonio Senzatela certainly did his part in trying to help the Rockies win. The right-hander turned his his seventh quality start of the season. More than that, it was his fifth quality start in his last six starts. In those five games he has allowed seven earned runs in 31 innings. The lone exception was a 10-1 loss to the Cubs on June 12 when Senzatela was charged with eight runs, six earned, in four innings.


The Rockies have left Los Angeles, but that doesn't mean things will be any easier the next three games. The Giants may be in last place in the NL West, but the Rockies have lost four of six to them, the Rockies' second-worst record against a team. They are 1-2 against the Mets and Rays, and 3-4 against the Phillies, the only three other teams they even have a losing record against.