With Jon Gray and three relievers combining on a 2-0 victory on Monday night at San Francisco, the Rockies allowed an opponent one or no runs for only the 11th time this year. They are 10-1 in those starts. Gray, the winner on Monday, also was the loser in that one loss, a 1-0 decision against the Giants on April 11. That leaves Gray 2-1 in games in which the opposition scored one or fewer runs. German Marquez and Antonio Senzatela are both 3-0.
AT THE PLATE
It's been a struggle at the plate for Pat Valaika, who after Monday night is in an 0-for-30 funk with the Rockies, three at-bats shy of the club record for consecutive hitless at-bats set by Desi Relaford in 2005. For Valaika, the slump has been spread out over three different big-league stretches. In between, he has been with Triple-A Albuquerque, where he is hitting .339 and has already set a professional single-season career high with 16 home runs.
The struggle, however, hasn't been taken into the field. Starting at shortstop with Trevor Story on the Injured List, Valaika made the critical relay to the plate to gun down Joe Panik, attempting to score from first on Mike Yastrzemski's double, chalking up the final out in the seventh inning, and bailing out reliever Jairo Diaz, who gave up a single and double in facing four batters and getting three outs.
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ON THE MOUND
Gray came up with six strong innings and earned his first career victory in eight career starts against the Giants. It, however, shouldn't be assumed he pitched poorly in his seven previous starts against the Giants -- all but one of which has been at San Francisco. He had a no-decision in his first career start against the Giants despite seven shutout innings. And in his start earlier this year, he lost a 1-0 decision.
The Giants were shut out for the ninth time this year, the second time by the Rockies. German Marquez won a 4-0 shutout on April 14, and Jon Gray on Monday night. The Dodgers also have shut out the Giants twice this year. They rank second in MLB in being shut out to the Marlins, who have been shut out 11 times. The Detroit Tigers have been shut out the most of any AL team with eight.