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Rockies 5, Padres 2: Jon Gray and David Dahl carry Colorado to series win

Gray struck out 11 and Dahl tripled in two

It seems like the Padres have been an unexpected thorn in the Rockies’ side early this season. And, in fact, San Diego has played well against the Rockies. But after Wednesday afternoon’s 5-2 win against the Padres, the Rockies have won 6 of 10 contests against San Diego. It’s hard to call that anything other than a success.

Maybe Jon Gray will be okay

Gray has had legitimate struggles this season, but I don’t think there was really ever a doubt that he’s clearly the Rockies’ best starter. Gray showed why today with his best start of the season. He struck out 11 Padres, walked one, and gave up just three hits, all singles, in six scoreless innings. More of that please.

David Dahl continues making his case

While Dahl had just one hit in four tries, that hit was a triple that drove in two runs. The young outfielder is going to make it hard for the Rockies when Carlos González returns from the disabled list. Given his growing comfort at the plate and solid outfield defense, it will be very hard for the Rockies to option him back to Triple-A, but it will also be hard to fit him in to an even more crowded outfield. In the business, they call this a developing story.

Adam Ottavino update

Ottavino pitched an inning and struck a couple batters out. Now, almost a month in to the season, Ottavino has...

  • struck out 26 of 45 batters faced (58%)
  • a 17.2 K/9
  • allowed two hits
  • not yet allowed a run allowed just one run

This is fun.

Looking ahead

The Rockies are off on Thursday. The 14-12 Rockies will start start a nine-game road trip against the Marlins, Cubs, and Mets on Friday.