The Rockies fell to the Brewers 6-4 to finish the 2016 season. The season concluded with a 76-86 record.
Germán Márquez gave the Rockies a great start to finish off the season. In six plus innings, Márquez allowed two runs on six hits. He walked one batter and struck out seven. Márquez’s fastball was sharp, and his curveball was tough to hit. Add this start to Jeff Hoffman’s yesterday, and in the final weekend of the season, the Rockies got two excellent showings from players who will be rookies in 2016 and who sit behind four good options on the depth chart. The 2017 season should be fun.
But first, the final game of 2016. Charlie Blackmon started the scoring with a leadoff home run. It was his 29th home run of the season and his 10th to start a game. Blackmon now has 22 leadoff home runs in his career.
In the second, Márquez led off the inning with a hit by pitch, putting a runner on first base. Orlandia Arcia followed it up with a deep fly ball to center field. Blackmon seemed to have a bead on it, but he lost it in the sun. It dropped for a double and tied the game at one. The speedy Arcia took third base during as Murphy returned a pitch to Márquez, and he scored on a short groundout to shortstop. The inning finished with the Brewers ahead 2-1.
Blackmon helped tie the game in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, Cristhian Adames drew a walk. Márquez bunted him over to second, and Blackmon drove him in with a double.
The Rockies took the lead in the fifth with back-to-back doubles from Tom Murphy and Jordan Patterson, but the Brewers took it back in the eighth. Carlos Estevez entered in relief of Matt Carisiti, who pitched a clean seventh, and allowed a single to Chris Carter followed by a two-run home run to Domingo Santana. It gave the Brewers a 4-3 lead.
The Rockies rallied to tie the game in the ninth inning. Nolan Arenado singled and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Patterson tied it up with a double to right field to send it to extra innings.
But the Rockies’ bullpen let this one go in the tenth. The Brewers scored two runs to land the 6-4 victory. And now, to the offseason.