Monday night’s game truly was a tale of two halves. For the first half, the Sim Rockies were cruising — teeing off of Clayton Kershaw for four runs in 4 2⁄3 innings. However, it was the Sim Dodgers bullpen who ended up winning the game.
Offense explodes early
The Sim Rockies offense looked much better on Monday than it has in a while, scoring early and often against long-time foe Clayton Kershaw. The Sim Rockies limited Kershaw to just 4 2⁄3 innings that included a nearly 500-foot moonshot off the bat of noted lefty-killer Ryan McMahon in the second inning to tie the game at one. Nolan Arenado also hit a home run in the fourth inning.
Beyond the big flies, there was a lot of good team baseball early. In the third, Chris Owings recorded a sac fly to score the speedy Garrett Hampson after he was knocked over on a sacrifice bunt by Chi Chi González. In the fifth, Owings hit an RBI double to score Hampson again after another sac bunt by the pitcher and Arenado had an RBI single after the pitching change to score Charlie Blackmon, who drew a walk. In the sixth, Ian Desmond led off with a single and Elias Díaz struck out, but Hampson walked and, after a fielder’s…