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Trevor Story went 1-for-4 with a game-winning solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning in Sunday's 4-3 victory against the Mariners.

The walk-off homer was the first of Story's career, and he extended his hitting streak to 10 games with the late-game heroics to tie a career long. Story wraps up the first half slashing .292/.353/.557 with 20 homers and 68 RBI. He is second behind Nolan Arenado for the team lead in homers, and tied with the hot corner man for the team lead in RBI. The duo are also tied for sixth in the majors in RBI.
Jul 15 - 10:31 PM

Ian Desmond went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored in Sunday's 4-3 win against the Mariners.

It wasn't all great, as he also grounded into a double play. However, the slugger continues to trend in the right direction in the batting average category. He dug himself a huge hole with a .154 average in April, and had a subpar .215 mark in May. However, he has come alive since the middle of June to raise his average from .195 on June 14 to .235 heading into the All-Star break. Fantasy owners would have dumped him long ago if not for his above-average power. He heads into the break with 18 homers and 56 RBI, making his low average a little more tolerable.
Jul 15 - 10:23 PM

Tyler Anderson allowed two earned runs, five hits and a walk with six strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision against the Mariners on Sunday.

Anderson and Mike Leake were locked in a solid pitcher's duel, something you do not see very often in the rarefied air at Coors Field. The Colorado southpaw wrapped up the first half on a high note, posting four consecutive quality starts with a pair of wins and a 0.96 ERA across his past 28 innings. He also has five or more strikeouts in eight straight outings.
Jul 15 - 10:19 PM

Rockies activated RHP Carlos Estevez from the 60-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Estevez is over his elbow injury but hasn't pitched well while on a rehab assignment. He initially went on the DL with a strained oblique.
Jul 15 - 2:26 PM

Rockies sent RHP Brooks Pounders outright to Triple-A Albuquerque.

He's now off the 40-man roster. Pounders holds a 7.63 ERA over 14 relief appearances in the majors this season.
Jul 15 - 2:24 PM

Wade Davis tossed a scoreless inning of work to secure his 27th save in Saturday's win over the Mariners.

Davis had a cushion to work with, as the Rockies were holding a 4-1 lead when he took the ball to start the ninth inning. He got the job done without drama, inducing a Mitch Haniger pop out and a Kyle Seager ground out before fanning Denard Span to secure the win for his team. The veteran reliever improved to 27-of-31 in save chances this year. He owns a 3.72 ERA and 42/19 K/BB ratio (38 2/3 innings) in addition.
Jul 15 - 12:35 AM

Carlos Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, a walk and a stolen base in Saturday's win over the Mariners.

Gonzalez clocked a two-run home run off Wade LeBlanc in the second inning. We also saw a bit of a rarity, as he stole just his fourth base of the season on Saturday. Very quietly, the veteran outfielder is in the midst of a sturdy campaign, as he's now slashing .285/.337/.486 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI in 75 games played. He's even managed to shore up his lefty-righty splits a bit, having entered action on Saturday hitting a poor-but-not-catastrophic .250/.283/.398 against southpaws.
Jul 15 - 12:25 AM

Jon Gray yielded one run on five hits over 7 1/3 innings in Saturday's win over the Mariners.

Gray was optioned to Triple-A on June 30 to cap the end of a brutal first three months of the season. Perhaps that humbling demotion lit a bit of a fire under his belly, as he came out in complete control of his arsenal on Saturday after being recalled. The 26-year-old right-hander struck out six and walked one in his return outing, with only an RBI double by Chris Herrmann in the eighth inning serving to prevent him from a shutout performance. He threw an efficient 93 pitches (64 strikes) on the evening. While Gray's ERA still sits at an unwieldy 5.44, with this outing in the books he at least has something positive to build on heading into the second half of the campaign.
Jul 15 - 12:05 AM

DJ LeMahieu was scratched from Saturday's lineup with lower back tightness.

Pat Valaika will start in his place. With one more game left and then four days off, the Rox may also choose to keep LeMahieu out Sunday to let him rest. Check back in Sunday to be sure.
Jul 14 - 8:26 PM

DJ LeMahieu was a late scratch from the Rockies' lineup for Saturday's game against the Mariners.

No word yet on why. Pat Valaika replaced him at second base for Saturday's contest. The Rockies should have an update shortly.
Jul 14 - 8:15 PM

Rockies placed LHP Harrison Musgrave on the 10-day disabled list with a right hip flexor strain.

Musgrave was lit up in his Friday appearance against the Mariners, allowing three runs over three innings of work, and this revelation lends some context to those struggles. Through 20 appearances overall, the 26-year-old has a 4.76 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. It's not clear how long he might be out at this point.
Jul 14 - 7:09 PM

Rockies optioned RHP Jeff Hoffman to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Hoffman struggled in his start Friday against the Mariners, allowing three runs and eight hits over 3 1/3 innings of work. The outing left him with a 9.35 ERA on the year. He was sent out to make room for Jon Gray, and if Gray shows well, Hoffman's stay in the minors could be more than just a few days over the All-Star break.
Jul 14 - 7:03 PM

Rockies recalled LHP Sam Howard from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Howard has an uninspiring 5.43 ERA in 14 starts at the minor league level this year, but the Rockies will deploy him more strategically as a reliever. He threw a scoreless inning on June 10 in his only MLB appearance this year. He'll serve in middle relief for the Rox.
Jul 14 - 7:01 PM

Rockies recalled RHP Jon Gray from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Gray was surprisingly sent out June 30, but the demotion didn't last long. The team had its reasons -- surely a 5.77 ERA played into it -- but Gray has pitched better than that number suggests, and his 2017 season paired with his standing as arguably the team's best starter suggested he would be back sooner than later. He'll start Saturday against the Mariners and will look for a good showing heading into the season's second half.
Jul 14 - 6:57 PM

David Dahl (foot) will leave Sunday for a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque.

Dahl will join the Isotopes to continue rehabbing but won't actually play in games until Friday, as per the plan, unless he's really feeling good, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com. Dahl was put on the DL on June 1 after tests revealed a broken right foot. He's seemingly right on schedule and could be activated before the end of the month, assuming everything goes well.
Jul 14 - 5:54 PM


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