No sooner did Jon Gray get into trouble in the first inning than he got out of it. It was a pattern he would emulate throughout the night.
Combining power pitching with sleight of hand, Gray struck out 12 in seven dominant innings, Nolan Arenado homered in Colorado’s six-run fourth, and the Rockies won their fourth in a row by beating the Miami Marlins 11-3 on Friday night.
After fanning the first batter he faced, Gray gave up a single to Brian Anderson and a double to J.T. Realmuto — but he came back to strand both.
Arenado had three hits, including his team-leading 17th homer, a two-run drive. Murphy had two doubles among his three hits and two RBI.
The Rockies have scored at least 10 runs in three of their four wins. Even Gray pitched in with a run-scoring sacrifice in the fourth in which he reached when a sliding Carlos Gonzalez beat the throw home from first baseman Justin Bour.
I showed my frustration and Altuve was letting me know that we’re beyond that. I’m not 21 anymore, McCullers said, per the Houston Chronicle. I’ve been around for enough, this is my fourth season with this team, and I know how hard they work and I know how hard they try.
I feel really bad about letting my emotions get the best of me and I spoke to them. I apologized and it won’t happen again. He was just letting me know that, if I’m going to pitch with emotion like I do, which is great, that’s part of what makes me good, channel it for the right things.
When Altuve was pressed about the conversation after the loss, he said, It wasn’t anything. Just talking.
We talk a lot with teammates and we communicate, Altuve added. That’s what makes us so good, we have good relationships with good chemistry and good relationships between us.
I do not think it is tough to find batsmen, and the Goldschmidt managers were not selling anyway. For injured pitchers, things are always different. The Arizona lefty Ray tops my personal list because he is a major strikeout guy, this was not an arm injury that cost him time and his current numbers do not excite, so prying him away could be easier until he actually pitches.