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Jon Gray had another tough start as he has started to slip since his stellar start to the second half. In his last two starts, Gray has allowed fifteen runs and his ERA has raised by almost a run. The fifteen runs he allowed in those two starts is seven and a half times what he allowed in four starts after the All-Star break. It may be arm fatigue, it may just be some rough outings, but it is alarming.
Gray managed only 4.1 innings before he was removed. The final hit he allowed was a huge blast by Ryan Howard. It was a grand slam that broke a tie and put the Phillies ahead for good. The Rockies had six runs and eight hits, but it should not be considered a good offensive game.
Charlie Blackmon was the sole positive of Friday night. Blackmon had three home runs, all solo shots, in what was an otherwise disappointing night. The other runs for the Rockies came on a solo homer from LeMahieu, a run scoring error, and a sac fly.
The loss is just a part of the Rockies recent skid. Their pitching has not been very good, mainly the bullpen, and they have lost numerous games they should’ve won. Friday night they never really played like they wanted to win as they committed three errors, there wasn’t much offense outside of Charlie, and the pitching just wasn’t good. The night saw David Dahl’s hit streak snapped at 17 games and the Rockies offense weaken. Ben Paulsen was called up to replace Mark Reynold, a move that hurts the Rockies, and Cargo is still sitting with a hurt ankle. Losing Reynolds was a pretty big hit, but having Cargo out of the lineup hurts the Rockies more and more everyday.
The Rockies will need to come back to stay relevant but they have really started to fade quick. They are now four games under .500 and while it is an improvement from last year, the recent success has made the past losses harder to stomach. Tyler Anderson makes a start to try and bring a win and end the Rockies slide.