Unless you live outside the blackout area for the Rockies, you missed a pretty fun game. The Rockies took it to the Brewers once again, pummeling them by a score of 11-6. Led by three hit days (that all included homers) from Nolan Arenado, David Dahl, and Raimel Tapia, the Rockies earned a series split in Milwaukee and finished the road trip 4-3. Jon Gray was good-not-great but the offense staked him to a 7-0 lead so a little shakiness can be forgiven.
It was a group effort in the first three innings for the Rockies offense. Mark Reynolds earned his first hit on the road trip with a 3-run double in the bottom of the first and came around to score on a seeing-eye ground ball from Tapia. Then a two-out error by Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia opened the door for the Rockies to tack on some more runs, including this big home run from Nolan Arenado to make it 7-0.
David Dahl added a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Blackmon got an...interesting RBI double in the sixth. Tapia added a ninth-inning exclamation point solo donger. In all the team scored 11 runs the day after scoring 11 runs which came after scoring one run in the first 17 innings of this series.
Gray Wolf rising
A third inning strikeout of his counterpart Peralta represented the 559th of Jon Gray’s career, passing Aaron Cook for sixth on the franchise leaderboard.
Jon Gray wasn’t his best self on Thursday, but he was pretty good nonetheless. Staked to a 7-0 lead he allowed three runs in the bottom of the third, all with two outs. He couldn’t manage to get through the sixth, getting chased by a five-pitch walk to Orlando Arcia. His final line: 5 2⁄3 IP, 7 H, 5 R/ER, 2 BB, 9 K. Was he pulling a Jack Morris and pitching to the score? Who knows, but the outing raised his ERA from 3.65 to 4.22 on the season.
That was weird
It’s not everyday a baseball player longs for the clarity of the NFL catch rule, but perhaps Lorenzo Cain is feeling that way today. He ranged back to make a catch for what would have been the third out of the sixth inning but dropped the ball as he backed into the wall. Since the drop wasn’t on the transfer the umpires (correctly) ruled it a no-catch and Charlie Blackmon ended up with an RBI double, thanks to Tony Wolters scoring from first.
The Rockies will open a 9-game homestand on Friday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tyler Anderson is hoping to continue lowering his 11.80 ERA and Robbie Ray is starting for the Dbacks.