Eight Was Enough: Anderson, Rockies Enjoy Strong-Arming Dodgers

Tyler Anderson's timing was perfect.

He came up with easily the strongest effort of his big-league career in the Rockies 3-1 victory against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Friday night. And it came at a time where a Rockies team that is looking for a way to remain a factor in the NL West desperately needed a strong effort by a starter other than Kyle Freeland.

The Rockies went into Friday night having fallen from a 1 1/2 game lead in the NL West on May 29 to find themselves in fourth place in the division, 8 games out when they showed up at Dodger Stadium on Friday afternoon. They had lost 17 of their last 26 games.

Now, they have won two in a row. After the offense came to the rescue in a 9-8 win at San Francisco on Thursday when DJ LeMahieu had a career-best five RBI, including a game-winning, two-run home run in the ninth, it was Anderson who turned in eight shutout innings in the longest effort of his 51 big-league starts on Friday.

"We needed that," said third baseman Nolan Areando. "We needed a starter to step up and go deep in a game. He did that. It was huge."

Huge? It was a win at Dodger Stadium, where the Rockies have had a winning record only twice in the previous 10 years, and were a combined 35-62 over that stretch. 

It was only the fifth time in Anderson's career he avoided giving up a run in a start, and one of the previous four came on April 27 at Miami when Anderson came out after retiring a batter in the second inning because of breathing problems.

Date Opp Score Dec IP H W SO Pitches
9/16/2017 SD W 16-0 Win 6 2 2 3 73
9/26/2017 Mia W 6-0 Win 7 4 0 5 92
4/5/2018 @SD W 3-1 ND 6 4 0 4 84
4/27/2018 @Mia W 1-0 ND 1.1 1 1 1 27
Friday @LAD W 3-1 Win 8 4 1 8 96

Source: Stats, Inc.

It was only the seventh time in Rockies history that a starting pitcher worked at least eight innings against the Dodgers, and did not allow a run -- the first time since 2011 -- and the fourth time at Dodger Stadium.

Player Date Opp W L ShO G IP H BB SO
Ubaldo Jimenez 6/1/2011 at LAD 1 0 1 1 9 4 0 7
Jason Marquis 6/30/2009 at LAD 1 0 1 1 9 2 0 3
Tyler Anderson 6/29/2018 at LAD 1 0 0 1 8 4 1 8
Jhoulys Chacin 9/18/2010 at LAD 1 0 0 1 8 9 0 2
Jhoulys Chacin 6/10/2011 vs. LAD 1 0 0 1 8 3 3 9
Shawn Chacon 5/28/2003 vs. LAD 1 0 0 1 8 2 1 7
Aaron Cook 9/14/2008 vs. LAD 0 0 0 1 8 8 0 2

Source: Stats, Inc.

It was the deepest Anderson has pitched in a start in his big-league career. His previous best was seven innings, which he accomplished 10 times.

Date Opponent W L IP H R ER HR BB SO #Pit
Friday @LAD W 3-1 1 0 8 4 0 0 0 1 8 96
9/6/2016 SF L 3-2 0 0 7.1 6 2 2 1 2 2 101
8/3/2016 LAD W 12-2 1 0 7 6 2 2 1 2 6 95
8/8/2016 Tex L 4-3 0 0 7 2 1 1 1 3 5 95
8/19/2016 ChC W 7-6 0 0 7 8 5 5 2 1 8 106
9/19/2016 StL L 5-3 0 1 7 8 5 2 1 0 7 96
5/25/2017 @Phi L 2-1 0 0 7 6 1 1 1 2 7 103
9/26/2017 Mia W 6-0 1 0 7 4 0 0 0 0 5 92
5/2/2018 @ChC W 11-2 1 0 7 3 2 2 2 1 9 100
6/7/2018 @Cin L 7-5 0 0 7 5 2 2 0 1 5 105
6/13/2018 @Phi W 7-2 1 0 7 6 1 1 1 0 6 104

Source: Stats, Inc.

Manager Bud Black admitted he considered giving Anderson a shot at a complete game, but instead went with Wade Davis, who earned the save despite giving up a home run to Justin Turner. But then complete games aren't what they once were. There have been only five complete games in the NL this season. In fact, only six NL starting pitchers have worked more than eight innings so far this season. Anderson is one of 20 pitchers who worked eight innings.

Player Date Tm Opp W L Pct IP H R ER BB SO
Patrick Corbin April 17 Ari SF 1 0 1 9 1 0 0 1 8
Mike Foltynewicz June 1 Atl Was 1 0 1 9 2 0 0 1 11
Miles Mikolas May 21 StL KC 1 0 1 9 4 0 0 1 9
Max Scherzer April 9 Was Atl 1 0 1 9 2 0 0 0 10
Jameson Taillon April 8 Pit Cin 1 0 1 9 1 0 0 2 7

Source: Stats, Inc.

The Rockies have only had 10 pitchers work as many as three complete games in a season in their previous 25 years of competition. And they have not had any since 2010 when Ubaldo Jimenez had three complete games.

Player Year W L Pct ShO G GS CG IP ERA AVG
Pedro Astacio 1999 17 11 0.607 0 34 34 7 232 5.04 0.285
Roger Bailey 1997 9 10 0.474 2 29 29 5 191 4.29 0.283
Pedro Astacio 2001 6 13 0.316 1 22 22 4 141 5.49 0.276
Ubaldo Jimenez 2010 19 8 0.704 2 33 33 4 221.2 2.88 0.209
Darryl Kile 1998 13 17 0.433 1 36 35 4 230.1 5.2 0.287
Armando Reynoso 1993 12 11 0.522 0 30 30 4 189 4 0.277
Pedro Astacio 2000 12 9 0.571 0 32 32 3 196.1 5.27 0.281
Brian Bohanon 1999 12 12 0.5 1 33 33 3 197.1 6.2 0.305
Jason Jennings 2006 9 13 0.409 2 32 32 3 212 3.78 0.258
Mark Thompson 1996 9 11 0.45 1 34 28 3 169.2 5.3 0.28

Source: Stats, Inc.

An even rarer occurrence on Friday night is that the Rockies hit three solo home runs, accounting for all of their runs. It was the 11th time in franchise history that the Rockies had three home runs in a game in which they scored three runs. It was the third time they won the game -- all three wins coming the last four games in which it happened.

Date Opp AB R H HR Result
5/19/1993 at SD 32 3 6 3 L, 3-7
5/13/1998 ChC 35 3 8 3 L, 3-9
6/29/2001 st Ari 33 3 7 3 L, 3-5
8/10/2003 Pit 35 3 11 3 L, 3-5
9/3/2009 NYM 33 3 6 3 L, 3-8
5/10/2011 NYM 33 3 6 3 L, 3-4
9/7/2011 Ari 36 3 8 3 L, 3-5
5/5/2013 TB 37 3 10 3 L, 3-8
4/11/2017 SD 29 3 4 3 W, 3-2
8/15/2017 Atl 31 3 6 3 L, 3-4
5/1/2018 at ChC 30 3 4 3 W, 3-1
6/29/2018 at LAD 34 3 9 3 W, 3-1

Source: Stats, Inc.


 

 

 

 

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