Jon “Ghost Hunter” Gray out dueled his competitor on Monday night in a game that was much closer than it appeared. The Rockies finished with an 8-1 win, but it took until late in the game for them to earn what would eventually be a lopsided victory.
Gray continued his upward trend against the Dodgers and also continued to show that you can pitch really well at Coors Field. His splits certainly trend towards starting on the road, but Gray has still had really good outings at home and last night was one of those starts. Gray managed through six innings while striking out eight Dodgers. He allowed only four hits and walked three, but none of those baserunners would end up crossing the plate.
The Rockies did what they could to back him up as well even if it did start with only two runs. In the fourth inning with two outs, Nick Hundley continued his recent stretch of hitting well and hit a two run home run. The homer broke the tie and the scoreless game. Those two runs would turn out to be all that the Rockies would need, but it was far from all they would get.
In the seventh, the Rockies broke the game open for a huge five run inning. The inning started harmlessly enough with a strike out, but a single, walk, single and double drove the Rockies next three runs in. The inning wouldn’t end there when Nolan Arenado doubled in another run and Gerrardo Parra drove in the fifth of the inning with a single. The Rockies finished with a 7-0 lead. One more run came across in the eighth and that would be plenty for the Rockies to win the game.
The Dodgers scored a run in the ninth to elude the shutout, but that was certainly not enough. The Rockies bullpen did a good job between Chris Rusin, Jake McGee, and Matt Carasiti. While Carasiti allowing a run is not a great thing, he did keep it to only one run and that will hopefully build confidence for the young pitcher.
The Rockies will try and string their winning streak to four games on Tuesday with Tyler Anderson on the mound. Anderson has been good this year, but has had a little more trouble lately. Winning this series for the Rockies would be a good sign going forward and could be a sign of the winning ways to come in the future years.