San Diego - Jon Gray or Rembrandt, you decide. The Colorado kies young right-hander was masterful in his ninth outing of the year, striking out 12 on 93 pitches, working seven innings. Carlos Gonzalez socked two dingers and Nolan Arenado nailed one to spark the Bombers offense in the Rockies 10-3 win.
Gray, still immature compared to the league, seems to be coming more and more comfortable as a pro with each start. His slider, sharp, fastball, electric, movement, impeccable, en route to his fourth career win, bettering his season ERA to 5.33 allowing only two earned runs tonight. It was just the tenth time a Rockie struck out 12 or more in a game, and he became the first in the club's history since Bruce Ruffin to fan the first five he faced to begin the game.
Carlos Gonzalez stayed hot keeping his clip around .500 since May 23 with his first-inning blast that traveled 443 feet to dead center field. The shot was a two-run bomb and the Rockies never looked back. Gonzalez also knocked the Rockies third run in with a fielder's choice in the third giving Colorado a 3-0 lead.
Gray limited damage to a Will Meyers doubled in the fourth, keeping the Padres down at 3-1. That led the Rockies to come right back in the fifth with three more runs. Doubling their score with a Trevor Story run-scoring double and a two-run Arenado homer.
Meyers the former Rookie of The Year stayed hot with a solo homer in the sixth, but once again the Rockies answered right back. Arenado singled in Charlie Blackmon who extend his on-base streak to 31 games tonight. Gonzalez drove in Arenado and Colorado was up 8-2. Gonzalez homered again in the ninth tallying his fifth RBI of the game.
Brett Wallace would tack on a solo shot in the ninth but that was just a footnote in this game that was dominated by Gray and Gonzalez.
The Second Jon Gray crossed the foul line to take the mound in the bottom half of the first inning. As the old saying in baseball goes, "momentum is your next day's starting pitcher," Gray was just that as he stopped the Rockies losing streak.
BY THE NUMBERS:
Here some pretty numbers on CarGo's first inning blast:
The Rockies head up the coast for a three-game series against the Dodgers to wrap up their road trip. They play Monday at 8:10 and Tyler Chatwood will take the hill against Mike Bolsinger.