Late lead blown, Gray’s outing wasted

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The Rockies once again lost a game to the sub par Brewers and this game should have been a win. Not only did the Rockies out hit their competition again, there starter out-pitched the Brewers starter. But in the end, the bullpen blew a late lead and the Rockies wasted the best start by Jon Gray in August.

The final score was 6-4, but the Brewers scored four of those runs in the seventh and eighth inning off of the bullpen. Jon Gray pitched really well, striking out ten with a stretch of striking out five in a row at one point. However, Gray’s start was wasted when he was removed from the game for Jake McGee.

The Rockies held a 4-2 lead going into the seventh and Jake McGee took the hill. He did get a quick first out before allowing a double of the bat of Orlando Arcia. Boone Logan then took the mound and quickly gave up another double to Jonathan Villar. Logan got Scooter Gennett to strike out and then intentionally walked Ryan Braun. Carlos Estevez came on  to try and keep the Brewers from taking the lead. That would prove unfruitful however as Hernan Perez hit a triple that scored two and gave the Brewers the lead that they would not give up.

The Rockies did manage to get base runners in the eighth and ninth innings, but they could not convert the base runners to runs and the game would finish with the Brewers ahead 6-4.

The only offense for the Rockies where the scored runs came when Nolan Arenado hit a three run home run in the third. It was Nolan’s 33rd homer and the three RBIs put him at 107 total on the year. One more run would cross for the Rockies on a clutch hit by Jon Gray who doubled with two outs to score Cristhian Adames.

Overall, this was another case of the Rockies giving away a game to a team they should have beat. Holding a lead going into the seventh has been close to a sure thing for teams going against the Brewers, but the Rockies bullpen had other plans in mind. Even with the first quality start on the road of August, the Rockies could not pull away with the needed win. They will try and salvage the series with Tyler Anderson on the mound, but it seems more likely that the offense will have to win this game to preserve any late lead handed off to the bullpen.

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