Mookie Betts leads Dodgers to win before leaving with injury – Orange County Register
DENVER – Just as 2020 Mookie Betts was making his presence felt, the 2021 Mookie Betts issues returned.
Betts were 4-for-4 – their fourth straight game with multiple hits – and scored the Dodgers’ first three points on Saturday night as they beat the Colorado Rockies 9-2 at Coors Field.
But Betts came out of the game after trotting through second base with his third brace of the game – a gift in the seventh inning when Rockies center fielder Garrett Hampson and right fielder Charlie Blackmon nearly collided on the track. ‘Warning.
The official word from the Dodgers was that Betts left the game with a right hip irritation – which would be another addition to the list of “stubborn things” cited by Betts last week when they retired from the All-Star Game.
After being away from the exhibition match and all the festivities that go with it, Betts came back refreshed. Whatever luxury spa, upscale resort, or secluded wellness retreat hosted him for the four-day break, he had to be ready to get the celebrity’s approval.
For the second game in a row, Betts started with a brace. Max Muncy’s RBI single brought him home.
Two innings later, Betts sent a solo home run into the Rockies’ center right center.
In the sixth, Betts led again with a brace in the left corner of the pitch – and again scored on an RBI single from Muncy.
Over six innings, Betts were 3 for 3 against Rockies starter Kyle Freeland while the rest of the Dodgers roster was 3 for 21.
Dodgers starter Walker Buehler restored the first two leads, allowing singles runs for the second and third. After Ryan McMahon’s two strikeouts, RBI doubled in third, however, Buehler dominated the Rockies’ roster, not allowing another base runner to his seven innings. Buehler retired the last 13 Rockies hitters he faced (six on strikeouts).
AJ Pollock extended the Dodgers’ lead with a first homerun in the seventh and three batters later, Betts pushed another line to the wall in right center field. Hampson and Blackmon both chased and Hampson attempted to dive in as Blackmon flashed past him.
The ball fell for a double, Betts trotting slowly to second base. Dave Roberts and a coach met him there in no time and Betts left the game immediately – having gone 7 for 9 in the first two games since the break and 12 for 16 in their last four.
The Dodgers opened the game after Betts left. Muncy had one run without Betts in the eighth – on a solo home run – then two more with his second home run of the match in the ninth. Justin Turner added a two-point brace in the ninth to put aside the Dodgers’ eighth straight win over the Rockies since an opening day loss at Coors Field.