Thursday Quick Hits: No Gray Area for Rockies, Knock off Padres, 9-6

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With Jon Gray handling the chores on the mound, and Charlie Blackmon providing the offensive impact, the Rockies continued to enjoy their Coors Field success against the Padres in Thursday's opening game of a four-game weekend series. With the 9-6 victory, the Rockies are 22-12 against the Padres at Coors Field since Sept. 18, 2015, having won eight of the 11 Coors Field series against the Padres prior to this weekend.

AT THE PLATE

Blackmon had two home runs in a game for the 12th time as a leadoff hitter, that matches Johnny Damon for the fourth highest total in MLB history. Alfonso Soriano had 19 multi-home run efforts as a leadoff hitter, which is the all-time record. The Rockies are 8-4 when Blackmon has homered twice in a game hitting out of the leadoff spot. He has 34 RBI in those 12 games.

ON THE MOUND

Gray struck out 10 batter in six innings, and did not walk a batter. It was 14th career game of 10 or more strikes, and the fourth time he had 10 or more strikeouts without walking a batter, a franchise record. Jorge de la Rosa and Pedro Astacio both had three games of 10 or more strikeouts without a walk during their Rockies careers.

Source: Stats, Inc.

FYI

Daniel Murphy is on a full-speed ahead offensive approach. After struggling when he first came off the disabled list, he has rebounded. He has raised his average from .190 on May 22 to .282 going into Friday's game. In his last 12 games, in fact, he has hit .420 with 15 RBI, and has two or more hits in eight of the games, including back-to-back three-hits games against the Cubs on Tuesday and the Padres on Thursday.

Source: Stats, Inc.
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