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Rockies follow Gray’s lead, capture series win over Phillies | Mile High Sports

The Rockies won in Sunday’s game against the Phillies, winning the series. While there were a few red flags, there were many promising signs, too, like Charlie Blackmon going 3-4 after starting the season in a bit of a slump. Tony Wolters also put together some offense, going 2-3. Jon Gray showed us some of his glory, throwing just a one-hitter, striking out five and not allowing any runs. It could be that since Gray doesn’t have the pressure of being at the top of the rotation, he’s able to play better.

Another good sign is the hits the batters were getting. Despite just one run in the first five innings, there were plenty of players getting on base. This is good news, but it is still problematic in the amount of runners left on base. The Rockies do still need to work on stringing together offense. One more issue is a slightly weaker infield than the Rockies have had in the past. Garrett Hampson is certainly a strong young player, but he’s missed a few types of plays the likes of which DJ LeMahieu could have made. Ryan McMahon also had a couple miscues. Neither player caused too much trouble overall, but the infield defense could improve. The Rockies, though, are certainly starting to look better.

If Senzatela can’t pull through, Rockies’ alternatives are finite | Mile High Sports

We’re a month into the new season, and the Rockies are already having some issues with the pitching staff. Antonio Senzatela is a bit question mark in the rotation. He had a great first start this season, but after some time on the IL, he returned for a less than impressive second start. He played six innings in Saturday’s game, where he gave up seven hits and four earned runs. It would be nice if this was just an anomaly, as Tyler Anderson is also currently a bit inconsistent, and the team can’t really afford more than one. If Senzatela did continue to struggle, the possible replacements are a bit iffy themselves. Chad Bettis didn’t have much success when he played as a starter. Chris Rusin is still getting over his back injury, but might be a viable option once he’s healthy. They might look to call someone up, like maybe Chi Chi Gonzalez or Ryan Castellani. A more challenging option is looking to bring someone in from around the league. Dallas Keuchel has stated that he’d be interested in a short-term deal. These kinds of thoughts might be a bit extreme as it was just one game, but the Rockies should be ready to at least think about this kind of thing, just in case.

On the Farm

The Albuquerque Isotopes put on a clinic against the Tacoma Rainiers, winning 23-2. Every player on the team scored at least two runs. Yonathan Daza (no. 14 PuRP) lit up the Rainiers, hitting two doubles and batting two runs in on his four hits. Josh Fuentes (no. 16 PuRP) hit a double and a triple, with three RBIs.

Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes 23, Tacoma Rainiers 2 | MiLB.com