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Jon Gray's dominant start not enough as Rockies fall 6-4 against the Brewers

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Jon Gray collected ten strikeouts and Nolan Arenado jacked another three-run bomb, but the Rockies bullpen again faltered late.

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Jon Gray put together a dominant start and Nolan Arenado stayed hot, but the Rockies bullpen blew up once again as the Rockies lost 6-4.

After putting together a solid first inning, Gray started to get a little shaky in the second. Chris Carter drew a leadoff walk, followed by a single from Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Martin Maldonando came through with an RBI double to put the Brewers on the board. With a runner on second and third, Jon Gray threw a wild pitch which allowed Nieuwenhuis to trot home and give the Brewers a 2-0 advantage after two innings.

The Rockies countered in the top of the third. Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl kicked off the inning with back-to-back singles, and Nolan Arenado crushed a three-run homer over the left field wall. Probably because of Coors Field.

Gray bounced back nicely after the rough inning, retiring the next nine batters, five of them on strikeouts.

The Rockies tacked on one more run in the sixth on an RBI double from Jon Gray, giving the Rockies a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Gray once again found himself in hot water in the bottom of the sixth. Scooter Gennett lead off the inning with a line drive to center field, and Ryan Braun followed with a walk. After racking up his tenth strikeout on Hernan Perez, Gray walked Chris Carter to load up the bases. Steve Foster came out to the mound to talk to Gray, in which he responded by inducing two weak fly outs to avoid any damage. He finished with ten strikeouts over six innings of work.

Unfortunately, what we all expected to happen, happened. Jake McGee, Boone Logan, Carlos Estevez, and Matt Carasiti combined to give up four runs on four hits and two walks. The Rockies now trailed 6-4 after eight innings.

The Rockies attempted to throw together a late comeback, but ultimately came short as Nick Hundley grounded out with runners on first and second to end the game.


Source: FanGraphs