Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Rockies set up biggest rally since 2010 to defeat lowly Diamondbacks

PHOENIX — They’re not the Cardiac Cardinals, not even close, but the Rockies made two rallies to defeat the hapless Arizona on Friday night at Chase Field.

After defeating Diamondbacks starter John Gray for seven in the third inning, the Rockies won the game 9–7, scoring six runs in the sixth and three more runs in the ninth.

Arizona, which owns the worst record among the majors, fell to 50-110. The Rockies’ five relievers – Yancy Almonte, Jordan Sheffield, Tyler Kinley, Lucas Gilbreth and Carlos Estevez – dominated the D-Backs, playing five scoreless innings and scoring nine runs. Gilbreth won and Estevez made his 11th save.

“Those guys slammed the door from the fifth inning,” said manager Bud Black. “It helped the players in our position put in some good batting, and Sam (Hilliard) had a big homer to get us closer.”

Shortstop Trevor Storey, possibly playing for Colorado in his final series, sang home Brendan Rodgers with a ninth-place finish. CJ Cron’s RBI groundout scored for a bonus run to Charlie Blackman to shortstop Geraldo Perdomo.

Dom Nunez took the lead at 9-7 with a single homer off Caleb Smith to level the game at 7-7.

The last time the Rockies rallied to win a game by a deficit of seven or more runs was Atlanta vs. Atlanta at Coors Field on August 25, 2010. The Rockies won the game 12-10 by nine runs.

While it was a night of celebration for Colorado, it was a night to forget for Grey. Or perhaps one that will live on in a painful memory.

In what could be his last game in Rockies uniform, the 29-year-old right-handed batsman scored seven runs on seven hits, including three home runs in four innings. Gray was not available to speak to the media after the game.

The most painful part for Gray: All that damage came in the terrible third inning. In the first, second and fourth innings, Gray set the Diamondbacks down the order, and he scored seven runs and none.

“You know, the high pitches for big league hitters in the middle
Of the plate – you’re really taking your chances,” Black said.

Grey, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft, would become a free agent at the end of the season. Although both Gray and the Rockies have expressed interest in keeping him in Colorado, nothing is certain.

It will be interesting to see what Grey’s performance in the last two months of the season looks like in her future. He hasn’t gone more than five innings deep since August 4 and has gone 1-6 with a 7.21 ERA in his last nine starts.

Gray was on fire to start Friday night’s game, facing four of the six Arizona batsmen. But the Diamondbacks blasted Gray in the third.

Jake McCarthy took the lead with a single and Geraldo Perdomo with a double. Humberto Castellanos stepped up to the plate. He pulled Gray’s first pitch slider deep into the left field seats for a three-run homer. This was the first home run by a d-back pitcher since Zack Grinke’s home run at Chase Field vs The Dodgers Clayton Kershaw on June 24, 2019.

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