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Rockies Rookie Jon Gray Solid In Second MLB Start

Jon Gray

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The Colorado Rockies sent their top rookie pitcher Jon Gray to the mound against the New York Mets on Monday and through six innings he kept New York in check.

In his first Major League start on August 4th, Gray lasted just four innings, allowing two earned run, with five hits, a walk and eight strikeouts.

Against the Mets, Gray started out the game strong with a 1-2-3 first inning, striking out Curtis Granderson and getting Daniel Murphy on a ground out and Yoenis Cespedes on a fly out.

In the second inning, Gray retired his first two batters, but allowed a solo shot to Travis d’Arnaud to put the Mets up 1-0. Gray retired Michael Conforto to end the inning.

In the third inning, he allowed a one-out walk to the ninth batter, shortstop Ruben Tejada, but was able to induce a fly out off the bat of Granderson and a pop out from Murphy.

The Rockies put Gray inline for a win in the top of the fourth when Carlos Gonzalez hit his 26th home run of the season, a two-run shot, to put the Rockies up 2-1.

In the bottom half of the inning, the Rockies rookie retired the Mets in order.

In the fifth, Gray worked around trouble; a two out walk to pitcher Jon Niese, a throwing error from second baseman DJ LeMahieu, allowing Tejada to reach base, and after a wild pitch from Gray moving the runners to second and third, but Granderson popped out to end the inning.

Gray regrouped and in the sixth he once again retired the Mets in order, which was his last inning of the game. In the seventh, Gray was replaced and the Rockies lead evaporated as the Mets scored three runs against two Colorado pitchers to take a 4-2 lead.

The Rockies failed to add to their lead as the Mets pitchers retired 17 straight batters from the fourth inning to the end of the game.

Gray pitched well enough for the win as he tossed six innings, allowing one run on one hit, with two walks and five strikeouts. He also threw 75 pitches, 48 for strikes and consistently threw in the mid to high 90’s with his fastball hitting as high as 98 MPH.

A very good step taken in the right direction for the rookie right hander.

David Conde
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