Two rough innings for Jon Gray in the first and fourth put too big a deficit for the Rockies to come back from. Although Nolan Arenado had two home runs and five RBIs on the day, the Rockies just couldn’t come back from an early eight run deficit.
For Jon Gray, it was his worst start since mid May and it came at a really tough time. This was a series the Rockies really needed and dropping it put them below .500 and four games back of the second wild card spot. They certainly aren’t out of it and there’s a lot of baseball left, but they need to string together a winning streak. Pitching has been the primary reason for their wins, but this series against the Marlins saw the pitching struggle. Giving up five, six, and ten runs is certainly not the way to win the series and they will need to solve things quickly to stay relevant.
The Sunday afternoon game saw history being made in the seventh. Ichiro came up and in typical Ichiro fashion, he lifted a ball to right that turned into a triple. It was his 3000th career hit and even though the Marlins won, it was definitely the main storyline.
The big hit did come from Ichiro, but it was one of many for the Marlins on Sunday. They tallied 17 hits and scored ten runs in the game. Every starter had a hit with all but one having a run as well. It was a typical Coors Field game as the Rockies scored seven runs themselves. Five of those were caused by Nolan Arenado and his three hits, but even he couldn’t carry the Rockies to a win.
For the Rockies, an important player came back to the lineup after missing nearly two months. Gerrardo Parra made his first start since suffering a high ankle sprain, but it does leave some questions going forward. If Parra plays well, where he fits in will be a big deal. With an already full outfield and one filled with lefties, Parra doesn’t really have a place if he doesn’t play better than he did at the start. He can of course fill in for players to give them a day off, but so can David Dahl and he deserves the playing time more right now. Until Parra establishes himself as an important cog in the lineup, expect him to be a spot starter for a resting Blackmon, Cargo, or Dahl. But the best part of Parra coming up is Rafael Ynoa being sent down. He doesn’t really belong at the big league level and having him sent back down gives the Rockies a more competent offensive piece.
Colorado will go against the Texas Rangers in a home and away series for four games. They start at home before heading to Arlington and will take on one of the best teams in the American League right now. They will be going against the front four of the Texas rotation, but anything can happen and splitting the series should be considered good, although winning three of four is what the Rockies need to stay close.