DENVER - When the Colorado Rockies announced that it would indeed be Opening Day starter Jon Gray who would need to be recalled for Saturday's matchup with the Seattle Mariners, the news was not exactly met with resounding applause from fans.
But by the time he left the mound in an eventual 4-1 win, the roars from the home faithful that serenaded him off the field were deafening.
The reluctance was justified as Gray didn't look especially sharp and had only pitched in two games since being sent to Triple-A two weeks ago. But the Wolf's return to Blake Street reminded everyone in the sellout crowd why this guy was so heavily anticipated when he made his debut in 2015.
In a sterling seven-plus-inning performance, he dominated the M's, only faltering a bit late, allowing the offense to do their thing. He had given up just two hits going into the eighth and ended up surrendering one run on five hits in one of his most impressive
The Rockies got on the board with an early strike in the second inning. Trevor Story kept his hot bat aflame by singling to lead off the frame and was able to trot home on Carlos Gonzalez' 11th home run of the season. He blasted it 455 feet at 110 mph off the bat.
CarGo has been pretty hot himself as of late, hitting .341/.393/.565 in the 38 games preceding this one.