The Rockies extended thier winning streak against the D-backs to seven games on Wednesday night, matching their streak July 23-Sept. 9, 2014 for the longest against the D-backs. There is, however, concern about the status of shortstop Trevor Story, who jammed his right thumb sliding into second base in the sixth inning. X-rays were negative, but he will undergo a series of tests, including an MRI, on Thursday.
AT THE PLATE
Ryan McMahon has responded to emerging as the every day second baseman in light of Brendan Rodgers being sent back to Triple-A Albuquerque last week. He went 3-for-4 with three RBI in the Rockies win at Arizona on Wednesday night. He's not hitting .481 in his last six games, raising his season average from .237 to .273. How big a deal is it? Well, McMahon has five three-hit games this season -- three in the last four games.
ON THE MOUND
Jon Gray, a first-round draft choice, third player taken overall, when he came out of the University of Oklahoma is showing signs of emerging as the dominant force the Rockies envisioned. He limited the D-backs to two runs -- one earned -- in six innings in Wednesday's 6-4 victory. He is 4-1 in his last six starts, the no-decision coming in a 4-3 Rockies win against the D-backs on May 27 at Coors Field. Gray allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings of that game. He has a 3.44 ERA in the six starts, and has averaged only 14.8 pitches per inning.
The Rockies have made inroads on the post-season possiblities since April 13. After opening the season by losing 12 of 15 games, the Rockies are 36-23 since that date, second in the NL to the Dodgers. While they do have a 5.32 ERA since then they lead the NL with an offense that averaged 6.42 runs per game and hitting .289.