Rockies' No. 1 prospect Jon Gray threw five hitless innings Tuesday, but Double-A Tulsa's bullpen couldn't complete the combined no-hitter and Springfield came back for a 2-1 victory.
Gray, ranked No. 13 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, began the game by issuing a walk before setting down nine batters in a row. He walked two more batters in the fourth inning, but recovered to retire the final five batters he faced.
Gray worked efficiently and threw 83 pitches. He struck out seven batters and walked three.
Right-hander Ryan Arrowood relieved Gray to start the sixth inning and carried the combined no-hitter into the seventh. But with two outs in the inning, first baseman Jonathan Rodriguez drove a home run to left-center field, ending the no-hit bid and shutout.
Springfield's only other hit of the night came in the ninth inning when infielder Jacob Wilson ended the game with a walk-off homer off left-hander Kraig Sitton.
While the game didn't have the result Gray would have liked, it was perhaps the best start of his young career. The third overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft has spent his first full professional season with Tulsa and is 6-3 with a 3.66 ERA in 12 starts. He has struck out 56 batters and walked 16 in 64 innings.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.