Tuesday was not the Sim Rockies’ night. Corey Kluber threw eight scoreless innings as the Rockies only managed three hits on the night. Kluber earned his 100th career MLB win and handed the Rockies their first shutout at the same time.
The Rockies got bit by the injury bug again when Jon Gray took a comebacker right in the groin and was removed from the game. Yikes. Luckily, Bud Black said that the removal was precautionary and Gray is in line to make his next start.
Before leaving the game, Gray pitched 3 2⁄3 innings and gave up three hits and one earned run. He also walked two and struck out two. It wasn’t a stellar start by any stretch, but I suppose it could’ve been worse.
Bullpen held enough
Yency Almonte entered the game in place of Gray and it wasn’t his best start either. He pitched 2 1⁄3 innings and gave up one earned run on one hit — a solo homer to Robinson Chirinos. Tyler Kinley then took over and while he didn’t strike out anybody this time, he did give up his first free pass of the season via a hit by pitch. He has yet to walk a batter. Carlos Estévez had the best outing of the night, pitching a 1-2-3 eighth that included two strikeouts.
The Rockies offense combined for three hits and no runs. Two of those hits came off the bat of David Dahl and the other was from Nolan Arenado, who now has an eight game hit streak. Ryan McMahon struck out twice after recording multi-hit games in each of the three against the Padres over the weekend. Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon also struck out twice each.
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The Rockies look to split the series and avoid their first sweep. Germán Márquez will take on Rangers’ righty Lance Lynn. First pitch is at 1:15pm MT. See you then!