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Rockies' Jon Gray says he's ready for D-backs' challenge

Rockies' Jon Gray says he's ready for D-backs' challenge

Gray admits that only a year ago he was not ready to carry the weight of a one-and-done playoff game on his broad shoulders.

Relief pitcher Archie Bradley hit a stunning triple in the seventh inning, driving in two runs with one of four three-baggers by Arizona that sent the Diamondbacks past the Colorado Rockies 11-8 in the National League wild-card game Wednesday night.

"I don't think it's a benefit or advantage to either team". He went 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA in five starts against the Rockies this season.

Tonight's matchup is shaping up to be a pitcher's duel, as Greinke went 17-7 with a 3.20 ERA during the season, while Gray was 10-4 with a 3.67 ERA. Zack Greinke, Wednesday's starter, did not pitch well down the stretch, and Goldschmidt ended the season in an 0-for-17 skid. He has pitched well in pressure games and seems to even enjoy them.

Paul Goldschmidt launched an early three-run home run and the Diamondbacks built a 6-0 lead before ace Zack Greinke faltered. Greinke is 13-1 at home with a 2.87 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 116 innings. In the seventh, the Rockies cut the deficit to 6-5 when Charlie Blackmon knocked in a run with a bunt.

The Diamondbacks have Fernando Rodney, who's 40 years old with 300 career saves and three years of postseason experience. While Gray has been pitching very well the last couple months, it is hard to envision a game where he doesn't have a hiccup or two against this lethal lineup. In his last five appearances of the year, Gray went 4-0 with a 2.10 ERA, so he comes in as a hot pitcher. In five starts against them (four Diamondbacks victories), he had a 2.27 ERA, striking out 53 in 31⅔ innings while allowing only 24 hits. If you had to watch only one game this postseason, this should be it. Blackmon set a major league record with 103 RBI's from the leadoff position and Arenado produced another 130-plus RBI season. Gray's first pitch to Goldschmidt was a hanging breaking ball nearly daring the All-Star to get a hit.

The team has gotten a reputation for having some of baseball's better dishes and it planned to roll out a few special items for Wednesday's game. He was acquired in part to combat all the left-handers in the Dodgers' rotation.

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Martinez has been so good since being traded to Arizona that it's practically unfair.

"That was a insane game from the beginning all the way to the end", outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said.

They were not playing in this game.

Those wouldn't be the last runs Colorado would score on the season, but it wouldn't matter.

Location: Chase Field, Phoenix, Ariz. "We know what they like to do".

The 2017 National League Wild Card game features two NL Western rivals. The two teams split a four-game series at Chase Field from September 11-14, with the Diamondbacks outscoring Colorado by a count of 21-11.

The Dodgers have losing records against both the Rockies and Diamondbacks this season. By the way, the D-backs became only the third team in postseason history with four or more triples in a game.

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