The Rockies played perhaps their best series of the year against the Orioles and while it didn’t result in a sweep, it did result in two strong wins and a third loss that very well could have been a win. Jon Gray did his thing on Wednesday and even though Dylan Bundy was perfect entering the sixth inning, the Rockies finally broke through and gave Gray some support. The Rockies finished the game with a win by a score of 3-1 and will now head to New York for a season defining four game series.
Jon Gray has been dominant this year and ever since his first two rough starts, he has settled in to the ace status that the Rockies thought they were getting when they drafted him as a first rounder. With the seven one run innings he posted on Wednesday night, Gray now has an ERA at 3.94. It was yet another game of Gray taking a hitters park and turning it into his park.
The Rockies were facing someone who was making only his third career start, but Dylan Bundy looked like a veteran on the mound through five innings. Bundy took a perfect game into the sixth and got the first out of the inning before walking Descalso to ruin that.
Nick Hundley would then ruin the no-hitter and shut out with his most clutch hit of the season. Bundy was missing bats all night long as he finished with eight strikeouts and when he got to a 1-2 count on Hundley, it looked like the Rockies would waste their first base runners. Hundley had some different in mind and he belted a ball to left field for the eventual game winnings runs. It was only Hundley’s fifth homer of the year, but it gave the Rockies the lead and the runs Jon Gray needed.
David Dahl would get a little more insurance and would add a run in the inning with his first career home run. It was a blast to center field and it was his third hit in the series, one coming in each game.
Jon Gray would finish the game going seven innings, allowing only a run on a Manny Machado home run in the sixth. He did not have the strikeouts going, but he got the outs nonetheless and gave the Rockies the chance to win.
Adam Ottavino and Boone Logan worked the eighth inning and despite a walk, they finished without any trouble. Carlos Estevez then came on for the ninth and worked a quick and easy inning for his tenth save. The series put the Rockies at 3 games under .500 and six games back in the wild card.
The series means the Rockies will not be sellers at the deadline, but they should not be buyers either. They have a really good team right now and with more reinforcements in the minors at some various positions, the Rockies will be competing next year. They will compete this year as well, but they are not a world series team yet. Any experience they get will be beneficial for the future.