For Jon Gray, it was a bleak night on Thursday in San Francisco
Gray pitched 6 1/3 strong innings, marred only by a Kevin Pillar home run, leading off the seventh inning.
That, however, was too much for Gray and the Rockies. The Giants won the game 1-0.
It was only the 20th 1-0 loss in the history of the Rockies, just the fifth in which a home run supplied the game's only run, and the second time in less than a year that the Giants delivered the blow to the Rockies.
It was the 14th time in his career Gray has made a start in which he allowed just one run. The Rockies are 11-3 in those starts.They had won 11 in a row before Thursday night. And Gray is now 9-1 in games in which he has allowed only one run. He has given up a home run in eight of those 14 games.
But then home runs aren't rare when Gray is on the mound. He has given up at least one home run (a total of 17) in his last 15 starts, equaling the NL record set by Mark Leiter (April 17-July 4, 1996) and equaled by Ramon Ortiz (May 1-July 17, 2007).
It was a first-pitch slider to Kevin Pillar leading off the seventh that got Gray and the Rockies.
“I thought it was a good plan,” Gray said. “It was a good slider. It just wasn’t put in the best spot. It’s getting better. It’s getting more efficient every single time. ... I feel like the pitch is taking off.”
The game was the 20th in the history of the Rockies in which they suffered a 1-0 losses, and the fifth time it was a home run that provided that run. That's the fewest 1-0 losses among NL teams since 1993, the Rockies first season of play, and the fewest 1-0 losses in which a home run was the deciding factor among NL teams. The Yankees have the fewest 1-0 losses since 1973 (17) and the Angels have suffered the fewest 1-0 losses (4) with a home run providing that run since the start of the 1993 season.