DENVER – When the Colorado Rockies announced that it would indeed be Opening Day starter Jon Gray who would need to be recalled for Saturday’s matchup with the Seattle Mariners, the news was not exactly met with resounding applause from fans.

But by the time he left the mound in an eventual 4-1 win, the roars from the home faithful that serenaded him off the field were deafening.

The reluctance was justified as Gray didn’t look especially sharp and had only pitched in two games since being sent to Triple-A two weeks ago. But the Wolf’s return to Blake Street reminded everyone in the sellout crowd why this guy was so heavily anticipated when he made his debut in 2015.

In a sterling seven-plus-inning performance, he dominated the M’s, only faltering a bit late, allowing the offense to do their thing. He had given up just two hits going into the eighth and ended up surrendering one run on five hits in one of his most impressive

The Rockies got on the board with an early strike in the second inning.  Trevor Story kept his hot bat aflame by singling to lead off the frame and was able to trot home on Carlos Gonzalez’ 11th home run of the season. He blasted it 455 feet at 110 mph off the bat.

CarGo has been pretty hot himself as of late, hitting .341/.393/.565 in the 38 games preceding this one.

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Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of   Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition.   Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for PurpleRow.com in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization.   A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts.   Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series.   The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.   One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close.   Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party.   The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.