The Colorado Rockies met the Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time this season on Tuesday night. In a fashion befitting the season so far for both teams, it was a low-scoring game. The Rockies were able to win 2-1 behind outstanding pitching and heads-up plays in key spots.
Tony Wolters came through with the fundamentals late in this game. He drew a walk in the 8th inning, stole second and advanced to third on an errant throw. He was almost picked off third on an actual pick-off move from the pitcher (gulp!), but since he got back we’ll say he was playing the right way there too.
Wolters scored on a flare from Carlos González. The Rockies’ catcher then closed this one out with the fundamentals on defense. He grabbed a Trevor Story throw that skipped past Ian Desmond and flipped it to the bag to tag out Matt Kemp, who had turned towards second base.
Germán Márquez dominates
The star of this game was Márquez, who went seven outstanding innings. He struck out five, walked two, and only allowed two hits. The only damage came on a solo home run from some dude named Max. Márquez worked out of trouble when he needed to, notably a jam where runners were on second and third, and earned the victory.
Just put the ball in play, I guess
When Wolters reached third, the Rockies had the go-ahead run there with only one out. Pat Valaika struck out, bringing up the aforementioned CarGo as a pinch hitter. Forced to face a lefty, González seemed a likely strikeout candidate. He managed to get the bat on a weak flare up the middle and beat the wild throw to first. It won’t go on his career highlight reel, but hat’s off to CarGo for getting the bat on it.
The Rockies continue their series with the Dodgers on Tuesday with Chad Bettis on the mound.