The Colorado Rockies have been playing lots of good baseball on the road and lots of shaky baseball at home in 2018. They picked up a nice win at Coors Field on Tuesday night by defeating the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 in what was hopefully a sign of things to come.
A very good Gray day
Jon Gray was truly dominant against a very good Angels lineup. He threw seven shutout innings and seemed in control the whole time. Gray struck out eight and issued just one walk. He had life on his fastball and lots of movement on his slider and curveball. It’s a night like this where your eyes and the numbers tell you Gray can be an ace.
Welcome back DJ
The Rockies were more than happy to welcome back one of their three good offensive players on Tuesday night. DJ LeMahieu drove in the first run of the game and made a couple slick plays in the field.
Extra-base hits for Trevor Story
The offensive star for the Rockies is the guy they are hoping will become their fourth good hitter. Story had a double and a triple with a couple runs driven in. The batting average and strikeouts aren’t great, but there are plenty of signs that Story is showing he can contribute. Whenever he has a night like this, it is a welcome sight for a team still searching for consistent offense.
The Mike Trout effect
Adam Ottavino has been comically good this year. Mike Trout is comically good all the time, however, and he drew a careful four-pitch walk from Ottavino in the eighth inning. Justin Upton was the next hitter and blasted a home run to approximately the moon. Mike Trout will get you one way or another.
The Rockies will try for a two-game sweep on Wednesday afternoon with Tyler Anderson starting against Jaime Barria.