Rockies lose final road game, still improvement

sjm-giants-0930-22.jpgJosie Lepe/Bay Area News Group

The Rockies finished off their last 2016 road game with a loss to the Giants, but they still finished with their best road record in five years. With a 33-48 record on the road, the Rockies were one game better than in 2015 and had their best season since 2011 in which they went 35-46. The road record is hardly something that should be celebrated, but any improvement is a step in the right direction.

Jon Gray finished off his 2016 season on an opposite note that Tyler Chatwood did. While the start was not the worst one for Gray this year, it was far from his best. Gray finished going 5.1 innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and three walks. Gray struggled with his command early and the Giants got to him with a couple of clutch hits through the six innings he was in the game. Despite getting a lead to work with early, Gray could not hold it and allowed the Giants to rally back for the eventual win.

The Rockies got their only two runs in the game in the first inning, but they couldn’t get another hit with runners in scoring position after the first. Nolan Arenado drove in the first run with a double for his 131st RBI of the year and David Dahl hit a triple to drive Arenado in.

The Rockies managed seven more hits over the final eight inning, getting at least a hit in all but one inning, but they could never actually rally for anything more. The Giants had better luck than the Rockies and scored seven runs in the game to pull away with the win.

The win kept the Giants ahead in the wild card as the Cardinals won as well. The Rockies failed to play spoiler again and will now finish the season with a completely meaningless series at home against the Brewers. It is another year that the Rockies finish without any drama, but there is still plenty of reason to be excited for the year to come. Depending on what kind of moves the Rockies make this offseason, they could be poised to make a run to the playoffs.

 

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