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The Rox offense fell completely flat on Friday night against lefty Adam Conley who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The double by Cargo that broke up the no-no would be the only hit on the night the Rockies would record. Jon Gray gave the Rockies a performance worth of a win, even on a night when he didn’t have his best stuff, but the bullpen and offense didn’t do their jobs.
The Rockies would actually score the first run of the game despite tallying only one hit on the night. After Cargo’s double, two walks, one intentional, to Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story would load the bases for Ryan Raburn. Raburn, who was almost hit earlier in the game, would get plunked for an RBI hit by pitch.
The Marlins would come back in the next inning and take a 2-1 lead for good. With a man on, Christian Yelich hit a ball to right field that cleared the seats for a two-run home run. It was only Yelich’s sixth of the year, but it gave the Marlins the lead and pretty much put a dagger in the Rockies who struggled to get anything going all night long.
Gray would exit after completing the sixth inning, giving up the two runs, while striking out four and walking two. Gray didn’t have his best stuff or command, but this shows his growth as a pitcher. Even without his best stuff, Gray was able to bear down and bulldog his way to a competitive start.
The Marlins would score three more runs in the seventh before the offense would cease. A shaking outing by Gonzalez Germen would allow the Marlins to score again on three hits and two walks. Chad Qualls would give up one of the walks and hits, but all of the runs were credited to Germen.
It is a bad way to start the series if you are the Rockies. Adam Conley has either been an ace or a terrible starter and on Friday he was an ace, coming with his best stuff. That takes some of the wind out of the Rockies sails, but they need to regather themselves and come out on Saturday afternoon with a different approach and some new life. You can’t win them all, but you can compete and that is what the Rockies need to do over the next three games.