For the first time in more than three weeks, the Colorado Rockies have won back-to-back games.
For the first time since July 25 and July 26 against the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds, the Colorado Rockies have won back-to-back games as this time, they won against the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 on Wednesday and 3-0 to Miami Marlins on Friday.
In arguably his best start of the season, Jon Gray shut down the Miami Marlins as he did not allow a run in eight innings for the Rockies, in a much needed start for the Rockies. He also allowed only five hits and no walks.
It was the second start of the year that Gray went eight innings as on July 29, the right-hander went eight innings, allowing only three hits, three walks, and a run against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Also, per the Rockies PR team, it was the second time in Gray’s career that he pithed eight or more innings of shutout baseball, the last time being a complete-game shutout against the Padres in September of 2016).
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Since the beginning of June, Gray has been the Rockies most consistent starter by far as he has pitched to a 7-4 record with a 3.31 ERA.
In the Rockies two straight wins, Nolan Arenado homered in both games, including his two-run walkoff homer on Wednesday. In the month of August, Arenado has hit .295 with six home runs. For comparison, for the months of June and July combined, he hit seven home runs.
The other two runs in the game came off the bat of Ryan McMahon with a two-run home run in the 2nd inning. In the month of August for him, McMahon has hit .273 with a .385 on-base percentage along with 4 home runs and 10 RBI.
On Saturday, the Rockies will look to win their third straight game for the first time in nearly two months, when the Rockies swept the Arizona Diamondbacks from June 18-20 in the series that followed the Padres/Rockies ultimate Coors Field series over Father’s Day weekend.
The Rockies will have German Marquez starting for them and they will face Hector Noesi for the Marlins. He will making his third appearance with the Marlins after not appearing in the major leagues since 2015 for the Chicago White Sox.
Kevin Henry will be covering the game for Rox Pile at Coors Field so stay tuned to the site and on our Twitter page for updates on the game.