DENVER (AP) –was robbed of a homer over the fence. So he settled for the inside-the-park variety instead. Just another zany night at Coors Field, which included a delay to turn off a spraying fountain but no furry feline roaming the field like the night before.
It was McKinstry hustling around the bases for the go-ahead score in the eighth inning when left fielder Raimel Tapia reached over the fence to bring the ball back, only to have it bounce out of his glove and roll away as the Los Angeleson Saturday.
“Expect the unexpected,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said about Sunday’s four-game series finale. “When you play here, that’s what happens – not necessarily cats, but things happen here.”
Kenley Jansen got five outs to earn the save.
McKinstry lined a fastball from Mychal Givens (0-1), resulting in his first major. It also was the first inside-the-park homer by a Dodgers player since Chris Taylor on Sept. 18, 2017, in Philadelphia.
McKinstry’s drive was heading into the crossed home plate.into the wall. The ball bounced away as a staggered Tapia fell to the ground before realizing the ball was still in space. McKinstry motored around bases and clapped as he
- That is not exactly how he envisioned his first big league .
- “Still a cool story,” McKinstry said. “It will be one to tell later in life.”
- Tapia left the with a little whiplash and a sore neck.
- “He should be fine,” Rockies manager Bud Black said.
Taylor added valuable insurance run on an RBI double later in the eighth to make it 6-4.
Tapia also was involved in another wild play at the wall in left during thewhen Cody Bellinger’s deep liner hit off his glove and went over the fence for an apparent two-run homer. But in that case, Justin Turner, thinking Tapia caught the ball, retreated to first base and was passed by Bellinger, credited with an and an out on the grounds.
Another contest with another quirky moment at Coors Field – not even counting McKinstry’s two-out, inside-the-park homer. This game was delayed for several minutes when Roberts asked that the fountains behind the wall in the center be turned off because the spray was a distraction for his hitters. They usually go off in between innings.
Meanwhile, the fans did the wave.
A gray cat strolled across the diamond and into the outfield on Friday night before being carried away.
was a weird series, with the cat last night, and the home run was taken away with (Bellinger) and tonight with the waterfalls in center field and the inside-the-park home run,” said McKinstry, whose parents were on hand for the game. “It’s been very eventful.” Victor Gonzalez got one out in Rocky’s eighth before Trevor Story’s run-scoring made it 6-5. Jansen came to the rescue. He got two outs in the eighth with two on and then got Chris Owings to fly out to end the ninth.
Corey Seager had three of the 12 hits by thechampion Dodgers. . in a no-decision. Blake Treinen (1-0) took over in the seventh and gave up a tying, two-run homer to Josh Fuentes.
Rockies starter Jon Gray was cruising along until the sixth. After a brief chat with Black and the trainer, Gray left with what the team called full-body cramping.
“I’ve never had a cramp like that before,” said Gray, who allowed one run and struck out seven. “It’s just more annoying than anything. I mean, I felt perfect today.”
THE DUKE OF DENVER
It was the first time a Dodgersan inside-the-park shot for his first career home run since Hall of Fame slugger Duke Snider on May 2, 1948.
Rockies: INF Brendan Rodgers (strained hamstring) has resumed hitting and playing catch in Arizona. Dodgers: OF Mookie Betts and Turner were given the day off. Bellinger and Seager are expected to get a rest Sunday.
Dodgers lefty Julio Urías will take the mound Sunday. Left-hander Austin Gomber makes his Rockies debut after being acquired in the trade that sent Nolan Arenado to St. Louis.
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