Rockies 3, Padres 1: Rockies cap off the primary half in model

Supported by Jon Gray’s great start and two home runs, the Colorado Rockies For the first time this season, he secured consecutive road wins and celebrated coach Bud Black’s 2000th career game on Sunday with a W.

Gray wolf cornered but bared fangs

Jon Gray loves playing against the Padres and Sunday’s start was another example of that. He went six innings and allowed one run on three hits, three walks and seven strikeouts. Gray’s slider in particular moved well and registered a lot of swings and misses. (Four of his seven Ks were done with that pitch.)

The second inning was his toughest and almost catastrophic. Trent Grisham opened the frame with a double and Eric Hosmer shot a liner in the middle, then took second base on a wild pitch to put the runners in second and third with no outs. It looked bad after a walk to Wil Myers as the bases were loaded with no outs. Instead of imploding, however, Gray showed mental strength and elicited a double game with running hits from Victor Caratini, forcing Ryan Weathers to ground out. The potentially dangerous inning instead ended with only one legal run and was the only time the Padres crossed home plate.

Veterinarians make it big

On a Rockies team where so many stars are young players making their way, it was a pair of well-traveled thugs who led the offensive against San Diego. In the fourth inning, Weathers drove after a Trevor Story strikeout and Charlie Blackmon popout as he stared at Cron’s plate. The great first baseman jumped on a hanging swap from the rookie pitcher and shot a 40-foot shot across the midfield wall to tie the competition individually.

On the seventh lap, Chris Owings doubled his lead in Colorado with a solo of his own, sending a Craig Tribe ankle bend high into the San Diego sky and barely over the wall. Owings, recently back from injury and struggling mightily since then, chose a great time for his first long ball of the season.

The Rockies added a third run in the ninth inning on a sloppy defensive play by the Padres, who made two mistakes that frame.

Chacín walks the tightrope

Jhoulys Chacín, a starter in the Rockies rotation for many years, is now locked up as a savior in the late inning. A stark change from his previous tenure in Purple, Sunday was an example of the breathtaking intensity that excursion can produce in the late stages of a close game. After a 1-2-3 seventh inning, pinch-hitter Jurickson Profar led the eighth with a walk. Tommy Pham then flew out and Fernando Tatis, Jr. struck. Profar started first with the Tatis at-bat, then moved up to third after a miss by catcher Elías Díaz. With the punching Jake Cronenworth and tracking in third place, Chacín managed to force a flyball into the middle to end the threat and massive exhalations from Rockies fans could be heard everywhere.

Fortunately, Daniel Bard had a nice and easy ninth inning to secure the win and the series win.


All-star break! The Rockies are on their way as the All-Star Celebrations begin at Coors Field. When all of that is done, they will host Los Angeles on Friday. It is not yet known who the starters will be at this point.

Have fun and have a safe all-star break. We hope to see you at Coors Field!

Rockies 3, Cardinals 2: Stroll it off in type

The Colorado Rockies are one of the best home teams in baseball. Chicago White Sox for the best home record. Today the glowing Rockies kicked the Redbirds on the curb and the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 in a two-out walk-off win thanks to excellent pitching and a catcher who finally found his mojo.

Germán continues to work on his magic

Germán Márquez, building on his excellent June, got off to an excellent start for his first July. With another quality start under his belt, Germán put on six full innings while giving up just two runs on five hits. The two runs came on a Harrison Bader two-run home run in the second inning. He struggled a little with control of his breaking pitches at the beginning, but he put them off for his last couple of innings of work.

Marquez hit a season high of 11 rackets and only went one as his ERA for the season drops to 3.59.

During the game, it was announced that Marquez would be the sole representative of the Rockies in the 2021 All-Star Game – the first Rockies mug in the Midsummer Classic since Ubaldo Jiménez in 2010.

The bullpen didn’t blow it

Despite expectations to the contrary, the Rockies Bullpen did it when it came down to it this afternoon.

Local left-hander Lucas GIlbreath completed a goalless seventh inning with a strikeout to start the day for the bullpen. Yency Almonte, who struggled mightily in 2021, also hit a solid inning of relief. Almonte hasn’t had an ERA under 10 since the end of April, but they pitched a goalless eighth inning and allowed only one hit.

Fireball rookie Justin Lawrence crowned things with his first big league win. He struggled with command, gave up a base hit and a walk, but ended the inning with a double play.

Díaz does it again

Elias Díaz was absolutely on fire to end June and start July. After his incredible home run to kick off the series on July 1, Díaz thought he’d quit it all over again to end the series.

In a game in which the Rockies fought offensively, the game went into the lower end of the ninth inning with a 2-2 draw. With two outs, Joshua Fuentes tied a single in the middle and advanced on a wild pitch to second base. Elias Díaz – who was 0-to-1 with a strikeout – worked the count fully out of Cardinals closer to Alex Reyes. Reyes tossed a well-placed fastball into the deep outside corner, and a reaching Díaz tossed it deep enough into left field for Fuentes to turn on the jets and hit.

The Rockies have nine league wins at the top and have gone away more times than they won on the road.

In connection

The Rockies only have two series left before the All-Star Break puts the season at halftime. They have Monday off before flying to Arizona to face the procrastination Diamond back in the desert. Big Jon Gray has the hill for the Rockies while the D-Backs haven’t announced their starter yet. The first pitch will take place at 7:10 p.m. MDT.