Blue Jays vs. Rockies Game Recap - June 1, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Jon Gray pitched six and 2/3rds scoreless innings to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 4-2 win against the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday night in Colorado.
A two-run double hit by Daniel Murphy in the first inning was all the home team needed on offence, as the Jays did not get on the board until the ninth.
David Dahl recorded three hits, including a double, and scored a run for Colorado.
Justin Smoak hit a solo home run for Toronto in the final frame, but they didn’t receive much help otherwise, registering just four hits as a team.
This loss marks five straight for the Blue Jays (21-37), as their revolving door of roster problems opened on hitting today. They have lost nine of their last ten.
Colorado (30-27) continued their recent surge and moved into second place in the NL West with the win tonight, their seventh straight. They sit nine games back of the Dodgers but are right in the thick of the wild card hunt at the beginning of June.
Gray (5-4) earned the win on a good performance at home, needing only 87 pitches to record 20 outs. He walked three, struck out seven and allowed two hits in the shutout effort.
Marcus Stroman (3-7) pitched for Toronto, and worked through a rocky first inning to give seven solid innings overall, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two strikeouts. He did not walk a batter.
After being silenced the entire game, the Jays came up to bat in the top of the ninth and finally broke through. Smoak hit a home run against reliever Carlos Estevez, which brought the Jays to within three.
With two out, Cavan Biggio reached on a throwing error by Trevor Story, and scored when Danny Jansen followed with a double over the head of centre fielder Ian Desmond. This prompted manager Bud Black to call on Scott Oberg for the save, and he induced a weak ground ball off the bat of pinch-hitter Rowdy Tellez to end the game.
Oberg picked up his second save of the season.
Colorado got some insurance in the fifth inning on a little league home run hit by Raimel Tapia. Originally ruled a double, Tapia advanced to third on a fielding error by Johnathan Davis in centre field, and scored when Biggio’s throw to third bounced short and went into the stands.
Gray cruised for most of the night, only allowing runners to reach in the second, sixth and seventh innings. He was pulled after walking consecutive batters in the seventh.
Toronto looked to be in business in the second, when Lourdes Gurriel Jr. singled and Cavan Biggio walked. They pulled off a double steal to put both in scoring position with only one out, but Jansen and Davis each struck out to end the threat.
Colorado jumped on Stroman early to take a lead it would not surrender. Tapia grounded out to begin the game but four straight base hits, including an RBI single by Nolan Arenado, got the Rockies on the board. The inning was capped off by a Murphy double to the left field gap that just sliced under the glove of Davis and rolled to the wall.
These teams will meet again tomorrow afternoon to complete the three game series. Toronto sends Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 3.75 ERA) to the hill as they try to avoid their second straight series sweep.
Colorado counters with Antonio Senzatela (3-4, 5.81 ERA) as they look to make it eight in a row.