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SAN DIEGO — This is crunch time for the Colorado
Rockies ,
who dropped 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks in the
National League West race late Thursday night by suffering a 13-inning, walk-off
loss to the Padres at Petco Park.Not only did the Rockies lose while the
Diamondbacks were beating the Dodgers, Colorado used five of its eight
relievers.Yes, help is on the way. The rosters can be expanded Saturday. But
there is still Friday’s game to play and the Rockies can’t afford to lose again
to the division’s last-place Padres.Article continues below ...So the pressure
will be on right-hander Antonio Senzatela Friday night to not only defeat the
Padres — who have won three straight games — but to go deep into the game to
prevent more damage to the bullpen. The effects of a 13-inning loss can
linger.Senzatela (4-4, 5.24 ERA) will face Padres right-handed rookie Brett
Kennedy (0-2, 7.58 ERA) Friday night in the second game of a four-game series.
The Rockies came to San Diego looking for a sweep or three wins to gain a little
ground in the National League West as their playoff rivals dueled in Los
Angeles.Senzatela was originally scheduled to start Thursday but was given an
extra day off before his 18th appearance of the season for the Rockies and his
eighth start. He has worked a total of 56 2/3 innings, giving up 34 runs (33
earned) on 61 hits and 20 walks with 42 strikeouts for a 1.43 WHIP and a .272
opponents’ batting average.Senzatela struggled in his last outing and has had
problems on the road this season.Against St. Louis on Aug. 24 ,
Senzatela allowed seven runs on 10 hits (two home runs) and a walk over 4 1/3
innings to take the loss against the Cardinals.Senzatela is 1-3 on the road this
season with a 5.46 ERA in 10 appearances (four starts). In the four starts, he
is 0-2 with a 5.24 ERA.Senzatela has had a degree of success against the Padres.
He is 4-0 with a 4.00 ERA in nine career appearances (three starts). But in four
relief appearances against the Padres this season, Senzatela has allowed five
runs in 7 1/3 innings for a 6.14 ERA. However, he won his lone decision against
San Diego this year. He is 1-0 with a 5.19 ERA in four appearances (one start)
at Petco Park.Meanwhile, the Padres’ auditions for starting spots continue with
Kennedy’s fifth start Friday night. The 23-year-old is one of four rookies
currently in the Padres’ rotation.With more future rotation candidates expected
to arrive Saturday, Kennedy might need a strong outing Friday night to keep his
spot in the rotation. Thus far he has given up 16 runs on 31 hits and six walks
with 14 strikeouts in 19 innings. In addition to the inflated ERA, he has a 1.95
WHIP and a .373 opponents’ batting average. LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Kenley
Jansen gave up Jackie Bradley Jr.’s dramatic tying homer in the eighth inning
Friday night Tony
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, the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ bullpen apparently had
failed at a crucial time in another World Series.As it turned out, Game 3 wasn’t
even half over.LA’s up-and-down bullpen shook off the disappointment of
Bradley’s quiet circling of the bases and provided several hours of redemption
in an epic 18-inning affair.The Dodgers’ eight relievers pitched 11 collective
innings of five-hit ball in the longest World Series game ever, largely shutting
down Boston’s powerhouse offense after rookie starter Walker Buehler dazzled the
Red Sox with seven innings of two-hit excellence.“The way that our guys, our
pen, got the outs that they needed, they did a heck of a job,” Dodgers manager
Dave Roberts said. “So you look at tomorrow ,
after playing 7 hours and 20 minutes, our pen is in pretty good shape.”Jansen
still blew his attempt at a six-out save in his third major World Series failure
of the past two years. Bradley’s homer set in motion the events that led this
game all the way into Saturday.But the Dodgers’ vaunted closer shook it off to
pitch a perfect ninth.His successors largely shut down Boston’s powerhouse
offense, hanging in while the Dodgers’ bats went 10 innings between runs. After
giving up one weird run in the 13th on Scott Alexander’s throwing error, Los
Angeles’ relievers eventually yielded just one hit in the final five extra
innings.Los Angeles’ bullpen threw 170 pitches — a pittance compared to the
Boston bullpen’s 222 pitches, and a possible advantage in Game 4. Most of LA’s
bullpen can throw again on Saturday night, since none of the eight relievers
threw more than two innings or Kenta Maeda’s 36 pitches.“There’s some guys that
we wanted to stay away from today, namely (Ryan) Madson Marcus
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, Julio (Urias),” Roberts said. “But for those guys
to give us big outs and pick us up when we needed it, it’s kind of a signature
of our ballclub. Had our backs against the wall many times, and for us to
persevere, and it wasn’t how we scripted it, but it was a big win for us.”Late
in the season during which the “bullpen game” entered baseball’s lexicon and
relievers became arguably more important than ever, Boston and Los Angeles set a
new postseason record in Game 3 by using a combined 18 pitchers.Both bullpens
were outstanding ,
and both minimized the damage when both teams scored unusual runs in the bizarre
13th inning.Maeda might have produced the biggest single inning from LA’s
bullpen in the 15th after Eduardo Nunez singled and Bradley walked. Maeda
fielded Christian Vazquez’s bunt and boldly spun and threw to third, forcing out
Nunez by inches — and then Maeda struck out Sandy Leon and Mookie Betts to quell
the threat.Alex Wood, the starter coming out of the bullpen, got the win by
pitching out of trouble in the 18th after Leon drew a leadoff walk.
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