Jon Gray rebounded incredibly well from a handful of sub-par outings, giving up just two runs in the second on a Martin Maldonado double and a wild pitch.
After that, he settled into a rhythm, getting into the double digits both in terms of consecutive batters sent down and also strikeouts. He finished with six innings, allowing just the two runs on four hits, walking three and striking out ten.
The Rockies went from down two to up one on one swing of the bat from Nolan Arenado in the third inning. After Charlie Blackmon and David Dahl had singled, Arenado launched his 31st home run of the year well over the left field fence to give the Rockies a 3-2 lead.
The Rockies got another run in the sixth when Gray helped his own cause with a double in the right-center field gap, scoring Cristhian Adames.
The bullpen was less helpful to the cause, however, surrendering the lead as soon as Gray departed the game. Jake McGee and Boone Logan allowed back-to-back doubled around getting outs but with the Rockies still leading 4-3, rookie Carlos Estevez had the chance to bail the team out. Instead, Hernan Perez tripled on a pitch away from him that had him fooled but managed to just keep fair. Two scored, and just like that the Brewers had taken the lead 5-4.
The Brewers notched an insurance run off of Matt Carisiti in the eighth when Kirk Nieuwenhuis came on on a sac fly by Domingo Santana. I swear those are all real people.
The Rockies blew yet another game late and wasted yet another fantastic performance from their starting pitcher. Jon Gray did his job and the top of the order looked formidable as always, but it has become predictable that the bottom of the order will put up little resistance and the bullpen just can’t hold a narrow lead.
The most frustrating thing about the bullpen woes from a Rockies perspective has been that with a handful of excepting moments, it has been different guys who are kicking away games late. Even Boone Logan and Adam Ottavino, who have been brilliant on the whole by any measure, have contributed to late losses over the last few weeks.
It would be easy to blame this one on the ‘pen yet again, but it also shouldn’t go unnoticed that all of the Rockies runs came in the form of two swings, one by the starting pitcher.
It seems like no matter what the Rockies do in 2016, they just can’t find a way to beat the team that they should beat. And it continues in this series against Milwaukee.
Tyler Anderson will take on Zach Davies in the third and final game of the series. First pitch is at 12:10 MST tomorrow afternoon.