Colorado Rockies: Jon Gray has the stuff to carry team this postseason

Rockies knows D-backs present a challenge

And there he was on the mound, the pitcher that was supposed to torment them Friday, rushed into emergency duty. Goldschmidt's homer ignited the Arizona faithful, which helped pave the way for a Diamondbacks victory. The Diamondbacks not only won the season series 11-8, but they also outscored the Dodgers 99-71 and won the final six games against them.

That was quite the moment for Bradley, as it was his first career extra base hit and the first time in Major League Baseball history a reliever tripled in a postseason game.

Left-hander Chris Rusin, Colorado's Swiss Army Knife of a reliever, kept Colorado in the game, pitching 2 ⅓ scoreless innings and striking out three. The D-Backs combined for four triples, including Ketel Marte who hit a pair of three baggers, while A.J. Pollock went 2 for 5 with a double and his triple, and Archie Bradley added a two run triple in his lone at-bat. Trailing 6-4 with a man on third and one out, Blackmon dropped a bunt down. Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke cruised through the first three innings, but he was bounced in the fourth after allowing four runs before the third out. The last time these two teams squared off, Greinke pitched well, going 7 innings and giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits.

RAY IN RESERVE Hard-throwing lefty Robbie Ray had a breakout season and would figure to start Game 1 against the Dodgers if Arizona advances. Considering all 32 of the righty's regular-season starts spanned at least four innings, the length of his outing came as something of a shock.

Manager Terry Francona has opted to start Trevor Bauer in Game 1 at Cleveland, rather than dominant Corey Kluber. Jon Gray could be that pitcher. I expect the D-Backs to go after Gray early and put him out of the game by the fifth inning. "Jon's had some big moments during this year already, and I've seen him make some big pitches at big times". The Diamondbacks finished 11 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West, but captured the top NL wild card with a 93-and-69 record. Arizona is 52-29 at home (only the Dodgers were better at home this season), and the Rockies were 41-40 on the road.

"We know we're the better team", he said.

Greinke said that no matter what happens on Wednesday he knows he did all he could to prepare. "But it's just kind of who I am". The big horse is one of baseball's grandest traditions, from Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson to Orel Hershiser and Madison Bumgarner. Zack Greinke, Wednesday's starter, did not pitch well down the stretch, and Goldschmidt ended the season in an 0-for-17 skid.

The National League Wild Card matchup features two teams that got off to fast starts this season.

While Gray may not be a household name, he is a bulldog, and the Colorado Rockies will go as far as he can carry them. "The first month I thought we didn't pitch that bad, but the results were bad".

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