Davis allowed a hit and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning Thursday to record his 33rd save of the season in a 5-3 win over the Braves.
That’s a new career high in saves for the 32-year-old, who picked up 32 last season with the Cubs. Davis’ numbers otherwise are worse than his usual form, a byproduct of calling Coors Field home, but he’s still been a reliable fantasy closer this season, even if he doesn’t make a positive impact in ERA like he used to.
For the longtime face of this franchise, it was difficult to digest the team’s decision to have him pitch in relief and he said it took him a couple of days to come to terms with it. Conversations with family and friends and encouragement from his wife Sandra, who he has been with since he was 14, helped.
Ottavino picked up the save against the Dodgers on Friday, working around a hit to fire a scoreless ninth inning and close out Colorado’s 5-4 victory. He recorded one strikeout and no walks.
Regular closer Wade Davis had a three-run meltdown on Thursday so the Rockies ended up turning to Ottavino in this contest, and the right-hander responded with a scoreless effort to bag his fifth save of the season. Ottavino has put up much better numbers than Davis this year, as he’s sporting a 1.60 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP to go along with 82 strikeouts in 56.1 innings. Davis should still be considered the primary ninth-inning option for Colorado at the moment, but Ottavino only figures to a make an increasingly compelling claim for more of a look in the role if he continues to post the superior stats.
Gray didn’t factor into the decision against the Dodgers on Friday, giving up four earned runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings, striking out four and walking one in the Rockies‘ 5-4 victory.
Gray had been dominant over his previous four starts prior to this one, and although he wasn’t able to keep up the suffocating form in this contest, he managed a respectable final line in the no-decision. He hasn’t posted eye-popping ratios this season, with a 4.81 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in 127.1 innings, but he’s been much better in that department lately, as Friday’s contest marked just the second time in his last seven outings that he’s yielded more than two earned runs. He’s also been a reliable source of strikeouts, with a 148:37 K:BB. Gray is slated to take the mound next on the road against Atlanta on Thursday.
Nolan Arenado homered in the top of the 11th inning, and the visiting Colorado Rockies salvaged the finale of a three-game series by beating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 in Milwaukee on Sunday at Miller Park.
The extra-inning win snapped Colorado’s four-game losing streak.
Trevor Story also homered and drove in four runs and Scott Oberg (7-0) pitched one inning for the win. Seunghwan Oh got his first save with Colorado and third of the season.
Travis Shaw and Mike Moustakas homered for the Brewers, who rallied to tie it in the ninth before falling.
Arenado hit his 29th home run of the season, tied with Matt Carpenter of St. Louis for the National League lead, off Corey Knebel (2-2) with two outs to provide the winning margin.
The Brewers got runners on first and second in the 11th but Erik Kratz hit into a game-ending double play. He was initially called safe but the Rockies challenged that Oh stayed on the bag at first and the call was overturned.
Shaw, who hit a grand slam on Saturday night, led off the second inning with his 22nd homer of the season to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead.
The Rockies rallied to take the lead in the fifth. With one out, DJ LeMahieu doubled and Arenado walked. Story hit Wade Miley‘s first pitch over the wall in center to give Colorado a 3-1 advantage.
Miley allowed three runs on five hits and struck out five batters over five innings while walking three.
The Rockies added a critical insurance run in the top of the ninth when with one out LeMahieu walked, Arenado singled and Story grounded to short but beat the relay throw from second to allow LeMahieu to score from third to make it 4-1.
The Brewers rallied off Adam Ottavino in the bottom of the inning. Moustakas led off with his 21st homer — and first with Milwaukee — and Ryan Braun reached on a catcher’s interference by Tom Murphy with one out.
After Jonathan Schoop struck out looking, Kratz struck out but reached when the pitched bounced away from Murphy. Kratz went to third on Orlando Arcia’s RBI single and scored on a wild pitch to tie it.
–Field Level Media
The Cardinals bullpen was the rallying point for the club’s come from behind 6-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night at Busch Stadium. After starting pitcher Luke Weaver failed to get out of the third inning, having allowed two runs, interim manager Mike Shildt went to his bullpen. Great call skip! The much maligned pen was spot on, allowing just one run in six and a third innings pitched. Daniel Poncedeleon pitched two and a third scoreless innings. Austin Gomber, Dakota Hudson and Jordan Hicks followed with a scoreless inning each. Mike Mayers allowed one run, but struck out the side to end the game. Gomber got the win in relief. It’s his first major league victory!
The Cardinals offense rallied to score six unanswered runs to get the much needed victory. Yadier Molina. Marcell Ozuna and Harrison Bader had three hits apiece to spark the offense. Molina’s two run double gave the Cardinals a 5-2 cushion in the eighth inning.
The win assures the Cardinals of at least a split of this current four game series with the Rockies. Miles Mikolas pitches on Thursday for the Redbirds as they go for three out of four wins in this series. Game time is 12:15 PM.