DENVER – One of the trickiest lessons of baseball making it an excruciatingly difficult game to master is knowing the difference between when a bad result means a change to the processes required and when it does not.

For Colorado Rockies starter Jon Gray, Monday night’s drubbing at the hands of the San Diego Padres fit firmly into the latter category.

“I felt really good. I felt like I had my stuff,” he said after a five-inning performance that saw him give up seven runs on 10 hits, including a homer to his opposite. “Besides a couple of pitches, I felt like it was a really well-pitched game. There were a lot of soft singles, I know, but a couple bad pitches can cost you. I felt like overall we threw the ball well.”

He certainly did at first, striking out the side in order to begin the game. He even ended up with six punchouts to one walk, showing flashes throughout the contest of his usual, Padre-dominating self. And while there is plenty to work on, Colorado’s most talented pitcher isn’t going back to the drawing board over a game like that.

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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.

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