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The Rockies were down by four runs early, but came storming back to take their own four run lead. The bullpen for the Rox however, was not good and they erased all of the runs the offense scored. With a game tied at 8-8 in the ninth inning, the Yankees had the prime opportunity to walk-off on the Rockies and that is exactly what they did.
Jon Gray was not himself on Wednesday evening, but there was a reason for his lack of effectiveness. After being removed in the fourth inning, Gray had an apparent injury. It turns out that the injury was just arm fatigue and if you’re the Rockies, this is not a huge reason to be concerned. Gray is still a young pitcher and if he is not feeling better by his next start, the Rox can skip him in the rotation and give him some extra rest.
Gray labored through four innings, allowing three hits and a huge five walks to the Yankees. In the bottom of the second, the walks came back to bite him as Chase Headley hit a grand slam to straight away center.
The four runs seemed like an insurmountable lead with C.C. Sabathia on the mound and the way he has been pitching this year, but the Rockies didn’t let that get to them. Charlie Blackmon would drive in two runs in the third inning with a single to put the score at 4-2. In the fourth, they would take the lead with a Nick Hundley bomb to left-center. It was a three run shot and it gave the Rockies a 5-4 lead. They didn’t stop there and scored three more runs in the fifth. An RBI double by Story and two-run home run by Raburn gave the Rockies their own four run lead and they looked to be sitting pretty.
With Jordan Lyles on in long relief, he was pitching well until the seventh. With two men on and the Yankees best hitter this year, Carlos Beltran, at the plate, Lyles grooved a fastball that Beltran hit out for a no doubter. Then with Miguel Castro on the mound, Didi Gregorious tied the game up with a single. The Rox bullpen collapse was very prevalent in this game and without Boone Logan who had pitched earlier or Chad Qualls, the Rockies didn’t have the bullpen arms they needed.
In the ninth inning with the score tied, the first batter up, Starlin Castro, hit a walk off shot. The Yankees completed the comeback and the Rockies lost the game. It is bad for the fact the Rockies should have won and it means they finish the road trip 2-4, but they won the season series against the Yankees and they are now coming home. They are three games under .500 and need to string together some wins to stay relevant, but Adam Ottavino will be coming back soon and the offense has been doing well. The Rockies are trending upwards while still not playing that great.