It’s not news Colorado Rockies hitters take great offense to falling behind early, and David Hale (2-3, 5.95) put them in a 4-0 hole before the 1st inning at O.co Colisseum had ended on Monday night. Kendall Graveman (5-4, 3.47) took full advantage, and threw 7 shutout innings as the Oakland A’s defeated the Rockies, 7-1.
Josh Reddick stepped to the plate with 2 out and Steven Vogt on 1st with a single, and deposited the first pitch he saw over the right-center-field wall. Billy Butler followed with a single before Ike Davis matched Reddick with a shot off the facing in right. That would prove more than enough against a Colorado squad that got nothing going before Graveman left, when Charlie Blackmon got them off the schneid with a solo shot leading-off the 8th.
Nevermind as Oakland answered with 2 off Christian Friedrich in the bottom of the 8th, and the Rockies dropped the first of the remaining 7 road games in a stretch leading-up to the 2015 season’s midpoint.
Graveman dominated Colorado. He worked fast, and tore through the Rockies lineup the entire outing, giving-up 5 hits, walking 3 and striking-out 3. He threw 111 pitches, 71 strikes, before giving-way to Evan Scribner, who surrendered Blackmon’s homer, former Rockie Drew Pomeranz, who retired Carlos Gonzalez, and Tyler Clippard, who navigated a 9th inning that included a walk and an error by A’s shortstop Marcus Semien, his 24th of 2015.
Hale also went 7, precluding the Colorado pen from work, save Friedrich. Hale allowed his 5 runs on 9 hits; Butler hit a 3rd Oakland homer in the 4th. The right-hander threw 100 pitches, 64 strikes, walked no one and struck-out 2. Troy Tulowitzki had 3 hits and a walk and extended his hitting streak to 12 games, and check me on this, but I believe he’s also now hit in 25 of his last 26.
The series continues tonight at O.co with another 8:05 MDT start. Jorge De La Rosa goes for Denver, and manager Walt Weiss is denying the rumors DLR is being flown-in today after spending the last 4 residing in the Coors Field humidor to recover from his numerous wounds. The Cat will be opposed by A’s ace Sonny Gray, a right-hander.