Gray has been good at Chase Field, going 2-0 with a 2.77 ERA and 20 strikeouts. Rocky didn't make a fool of himself, and he stood toe to toe with the champ, trading blows and countering each punch landed. "We're going to go back to the drawing board and come up with the best solution".
Colorado, known for its power at the plate, got back into it with small ball - five hits, four of them singles.
We will have more details on the investigation as they emerge.
The Diamondbacks ended the season with a 6.0 lead over the Rockies in the Wild Card standings while also posting the second-best run differential in the NL (+153), trailing only the Dodgers (+190) and more than doubling up on the Rockies (+67).
As I sat here and watched the D-Backs and Rockies trade timely hits and home runs, I was reminded just how far away Pittsburgh may in fact be from the level of baseball displayed by these two lineups.
Their combined effort was one of the biggest reasons that this game went Arizona's way.
Not only did Goldschmidt end his 0 for 11 career mark against Gray, he blasted a three-run home run over the left-field fence. "I'm just hoping to learn from it".
Arizona was not done after Gray. It just wasn't to be for the Rockies, no matter what they did. He finished second among NL starters with 17 wins, fourth with a 1.07 WHIP and sixth with a 3.20 ERA.
With the help of a few jabs in the form of singles and RBI groundouts and a good right hook in the form of a double from catcher Jonathan Lucroy, the Rockies had the Diamondbacks momentarily stunned. The 25-year-old Oklahoma native also struck out 10 to win at Arizona on June 30 and is 2-2 with a 4.75 ERA lifetime versus the Diamondbacks. But unfortunately Arizona is not Hollywood. Because both Greinke and Ray threw shortened stints Wednesday night - the former with 58 pitches in a 3 2/3-inning start, the latter with 41 pitches in a 2 1/3-inning relief appearance - one of them, more likely Ray, could be available to start Saturday night on two days' rest. In the bottom of the 7th, Archie Bradley came up to bat with two runners on and hit a two-run triple, putting Arizona up 8-5.
Not only was this unlikely, but implausible to impossible.
The Diamondbacks led Major League Baseball in triples both this year and last, so they've always been there when needed, like a trusty old friends.
"That was a insane game from the beginning all the way to the end", outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said. Ultimately it was all for not.
There were 6,104 home runs hit in the 2017 regular season, which broke the record of 5,693 set in 2000 at the apex of the steroid era. That honor is held by Nolan Arenado, or perhaps Charlie Blackmon or Carlos Gonzalez. He's the NL batting champion.
The one-game wild card playoff creates an interesting situation for both clubs.
"So I know that Jon will be ready for Wednesday". I expect the D-Backs to go after Gray early and put him out of the game by the fifth inning. Every time we got close, they got big hits. "We always wanted Car-Go to be involved in this process".
Diamondbacks Ace Zack Greinke looked almost unhittable through three innings, but the Rockies finally got to him in the 4th.