A 10-3 win on Sunday night and a totally dominant performance by Jon Gray gave the Rockies a much needed win. Gray earned a career high 12 strikeouts and went 7 strong innings on 93 pitches. Jon Gray has been a stopped of Rockies losing streaks for his last three starts and he is really starting to show his ability as a number one starter.
Besides Gray and his performance, the Rockies big bats in the middle of the order came up for a big offensive showcase. The first four batters in the lineup, Blackmon, Story, Arenado, and Cargo, all came up big, while the rest of the lineup was hitless (besides a knock by Jon Gray). 1-4 in the lineup went 9-17 with three home runs, 9 runs scored, and 9 RBIs. Gray scored the only other run while the rest of the lineup went 1-19 with 6 strikeouts and one walk.
The scoring started early for the Rockies as they took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Following a Nolan Arenado double, Cargo launched a ball to dead center field that was way out of Petco Park. That would be one of two, two run home runs for Cargo on the day and would be the first part of his five RBI night.
Just like how Cargo set the table for how the offense would go on the night, Jon Gray showed what he was going to do in the first two innings. Gray started the game striking out the first five batters, the first time a pitcher has done that this year, and would dominate until Wil Meyers came up and doubled in a run. Gray kept his composure and would allow only one other run on the night, a home run by Wil Meyers. Meyers has been swinging a hot bat later so Gray allowing a couple hits against him isn’t a big deal, especially since he shut the rest of the lineup down.
Another good sign for the Rockies was Arenado racking up three hits, one of which was a home run. Arenado has been struggling lately, but three hits and two extra base hits are a good sign for going forward. With both Cargo and Nolan heating up, and Charlie Blackmon in the midst of the second longest on base streak currently in the majors, the Rockies are getting some major offensive pieces getting hot together. With those three going strong, and the rest of the Rockies lineup and their ability to create some runs, the Rockies only need the pitching to step up outside of Gray and Tyler Chatwood to get a winning streak going.
The Rockies will start a three game set against the Dodgers on Monday night and will have Tyler Chatwood on the mound. Chatwood has pitched much better on the road and within the confines of the pitcher friendly Dodger Stadium, he has a good chance to shut the Dodgers down.