The Colorado Rockies dropped into a tie for first place in the NL West with one game to play with a 12-2 loss to the Washington Nationals. For a silver lining in perhaps the worst game of the Rockies’ season, fans can take solace in the fact that Nolan Arenado homered for the first time since September 13, hitting his 35th of the season in the sixth inning.
Jon Gray Struggles
Rockies starter Jon Gray had a rough outing in his final appearance of the regular season. He lasted just two innings, allowing five runs, all earned, on seven hits with no walks and one strikeout. Gray threw 41 pitches, 27 for strikes, with his final ERA number for 2018 climbing to 5.12.
Stephen Strasburg Does Not
On the other side of things, Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg put together the best Coors Field start of his career, limiting the Rockies to just two runs on five hits hits in six innings, walking a pair and striking out seven. Both runs allowed by Strasburg came on solo home runs.
We know for sure that Sunday’s 162nd game of the season will not be the last one for the Rockies, but we do not know where or when the next one will be. All they can do now is win and hope for some help from the Giants. Tyler Anderson gets the ball for the Rockies against Washington’s Erick Fedde. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Mountain time.