Getting to know Keli McGregor a little too late…

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Rockies logo.jpgUPDATE: Clark Spencer snapped a picture of today’s remembrance ceremony for the Miami Herald.  And here’s a recap of the day’s events.

12:02pm: ESPN’s Amy K. Nelson wrote a powerful piece this morning on Rockies president Keli McGregor, who died suddenly last week in a Salt Lake City hotel room.  McGregor wasn’t often in the public eye as an executive of the Mountain Time Zone’s only baseball team, but he clearly had an impact on the lives of those that knew him.

Take a minute, or two, and learn a little about him and the way he affected the Rockies both on and off the field.  He was a family man at heart, with four kids ranging from ages 11 to 19, but also gained the admiration of million-dollar athletes during his 17 years with the organization.

Veteran first baseman Todd Helton was asked to describe McGregor just 48 hours after the announcement of his untimely death.  His response:

“That’s a tough one,” Helton said, quietly. “If you went around and asked
anybody in this room what kind of man you’d want to grow up and be, 99
percent would have said him. He’s the type of guy we all strive to be.”

The Rockies will honor McGregor this morning with a public service at Coors Field.

Astros extend winning streak to 11 games

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The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.

The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.

Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.

After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.