Ryan Pepio scores first major league win as Dodgers beat Rockies

Let’s play build a bullpen. Dodgers planned to fill them at some point with these veteran pitchers:

Blake Trains, Daniel Hudson, Caleb Ferguson, Jimmy Nelson, Victor Gonzalez, Danny Duffy and Tommy Canle.

Today, all of them replenish the list of victims.

Imagine three injured starters – Walker Buhler, Dustin May and Andrew Heaney – and it’s staggering that the Dodgers still boast the best serve in the National League.

Long away.

The Dodgers team earned an average run after 5-2 win above Rocky Mountains of Colorado on Tuesday evening it was 2.94. The next highest ERA among NL teams was 3.60 for the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers gave up the fewest hits and made the fewest walks in the league. Opponents hit against them with a weak 0.220.

All the while, pitchers are flying in and out of the practice room as often as customers are in and out of Costco.

Rookie Ryan Pepiot and three pitchers calmed the Rocky Mountain bats, and first pitch home runs Max Munsey and Mookie Betts provided the Dodgers with enough offense to start this 11-game home stance with five wins in six games.

Pepio, on his fourth start, gave up one try in five innings, striking out six, passing one, earning his first major league win. He passed 11 and hit two batters in 11 1/3 innings in his first three starts, so his team improved a lot.

“My fastball team was good and it made my substitution effective,” he said. “Getting a win is special, of course, but the important thing is that I went deep enough to help the bullpen and help our team win.”

Pepio, 24, was called up from Triple A for a standing start to give the entire rotation an extra day of rest. A worthy reward for a brilliant rotation.

The spectacular appearance of Tony Gonsolin and Tyler Anderson in the starting lineup was a real find. They are combined 19-1 with a 2.33 ERA. Clayton Kershaw was great when he was healthy and Julio Urias was a model of consistency.

All four are All-Star candidates.

Seventeen pitchers have pitched this season. None of them are All-Star candidates. Evan Phillips, Brousdard Graterol, Alex Vesia and Phil Bickford are receiving support simply for being healthy for most of the season. Veteran David Price should be watching all of this with amazement.

Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Diaz watches as Will Smith and Max Munsey of the Dodgers celebrate victory.

Colorado Rockies catcher Elias Diaz watches as Will Smith and Max Munsey of the Dodgers celebrate Munsey’s two-point homer in the second inning at Dodger Stadium.

(Robert Gautier/Los Angeles Times)

Bickford was touched by a solo home run from Chris Bryant, who started the sixth inning for Pepio, but he recorded five strikeouts before losing to Phillips, who recorded four strikeouts—three strikeouts. It was Bryant’s first homer since signing a seven-year, $182 million contract with Colorado during the offseason.

The Dodgers hit their fifth run in eighth on an RBI single by Trace Thompson, whose three-run home run underlined Monday’s victory over the Rockies. The single gave Graterol a break in his second career save.

With the usual closer Craig Kimbrel upstaged after being hit in the back by Sunday’s line drive, Graterol gave up a single when Cody Bellinger failed to make a sliding catch in center field, but he struck out two. Manager Dave Roberts said Kimbrel will return to his final role on Wednesday.

Let’s take a look at a few of the injured pitchers:

May: The red-haired right-hander, recovering from Tommy John surgery, is throwing batters and progressing well. How soon can he start minor league rehab? “I don’t know, but it’s inevitable,” Roberts said.

Heaney: A lefty starter with a .59ERA in 15 innings was disabled after suffering shoulder pain during his first start on June 19 after spending two months on the injured list. He threw 30 pitches into the bullpen on Tuesday and probably won’t be back until the All-Star break.

Trains: The plant feeder has been out of service since mid-April due to shoulder problems. He hit 30 hills on Monday and Roberts said, “That was pretty damn good. It’s ahead of where I originally thought he was.”

The Dodgers will tread lightly with the pitcher, who could move into a closer postseason role if Kimbrel continues to struggle.

“As for Blake, he is so valuable to our baseball club,” Roberts said. “We feel like we have one bullet to get him back and get it right, so we want to be careful and take our time. I just don’t see how it is before August.”

Dodgers outfielder Chris Taylor was on the injured list, which overshadowed his dummy.

Computed tomography on CT3 revealed a fracture of the left foot. Taylor was injured on Saturday against the Padres but played against the Rockies on Monday.

Despite the injury, Taylor caught the ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday’s game and didn’t limp.