As many of the starts that Gray has had this season, he gave up some early runs. But in this start, Gray just gave up too much early and the Rockies offense was not capable of coming back from the big deficit they got down to early.
Gray gave up a run early in the first, but the second is where he got in real trouble. With two on and one out, Gray and the Rockies caught a break when Gray was able to get the lead runner on a bunt. However, the bases would load when Travis Jankowski reached on a catchers interference call. Three straight hits, a single and two doubles, would then allow the Padres to drive across fine runs in the inning.
After that, the Padres offense would not score another run, but the Rockies offense was also not performing great. Christian Friedrich who has struggled recently would not struggle in this game. Friedrich managed seven innings while allowing only two hits. He also tied a career high with ten strike outs. It was certainly his best start of the year and it came against a strong offensive team in the Rockies.
The Rockies finally got on the board in the eighth but it wasn’t without a little help. Mark Reynolds reached as the first batter of the inning with an error. The next two batters of the inning would be retired quickly before the Rockies started to rally. Charlie Blackmon walked to put two on and DJ then singled to earn the Rockies their first run of the game. A wild pitch allowed both runners to move up to second and third for Cargo and Cargo then singled up the middle to put the Rockies down 6-3. The rally would end there though as Nolan couldn’t keep it going.
The Rockies would go quietly in the ninth and the game would end there. It was another tough loss against a bad team, but there was the bullpen which performed well. It seems recently that its either the bullpen or starter that allows the big inning that puts the Rockies down by too many runs and that was again the case with Gray’s rough first two innings.
The Rockies will try and split the series on Sunday as they send Chad Bettis to the mound. Bettis will try and build off his last start which was the best of his career. It is certainly a must win game, but at this point the Rockies are just too far out to really have a chance at the playoffs. However, reaching .500 is still an achievable goal the Rockies should be striving for.