LOS ANGELES – The only solace the Colorado Rockies can take away from their contest against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night at Chavez Ravine is that, despite the incredibly lopsided score, this game only counted as one in the standings.

In the first of three, in one of the most important series of the 2018 season, absolutely nothing went right for the Rockies. Starter Jon Gray could not get out of the third inning, the offense was non-existent, Trevor Story had to leave the game with a wrist issue (more details as they emerge) and not even the bullpen could settle the game down as the Dodgers ran away with it by a score of 8-2.

Things got off to a rough start, as they so often do, for Gray who surrendered a home run to Joc Pederson in his first encounter of the game. It wasn’t a terribly located fastball away but it was up and Pederson was able to lift it beyond the wall in left.

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Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of BSN Rockies and a member of the Baseball Writer's Association of America. Follow Drew on Twitter - @DrewCreasman