The Colorado Rockies once again got an outstanding performance from their starting pitcher in a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. After Tyler Anderson pitched eight shutout innings on Friday, Germán Márquez matched him on Saturday, allowing just one run on two hits in eight innings of work with no walks and nine strikeouts.
Offensively, the Rockies did enough against Kenta Maeda, against whom they have notoriously struggled, with the bottom of the order providing two of their three runs on the night.
Márquez put together what was easily his best start of the season on Saturday, allowing just a run on two hits in eight innings of work with no walks and nine strikeouts. He threw 92 pitches, 64 for strikes. The only baserunners Márquez allowed in his eight innings came to lead off the sixth, when Kiké Hernandez homered and Chase Utley singled before the next three hitters were retired quickly.
Desmond Stays Hot
The biggest blow delivered by the Rockies offense came in the fifth when Ian Desmond hit his 17th home run of the season. After a rough start to the season, Desmond hit .261/.387/.568 in June with eight home runs. His 17 home runs make him toed for fourth in the NL in 2018.
Desmond's 17th of the year! pic.twitter.com/b9L21uZV8U— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) July 1, 2018
Perhaps the most impressive feat in Márquez’s outing came in the eighth, when he struck out Hernandez, who had homered off him in his previous at bat, with a 100 mph fastball on his 88th pitch of the game. Marquez was just the third starter to hit 100 in the eighth this season, joining a pair of impressive names.
Sure enough, here's your list:— Ryan Freemyer (@RFreemyer) July 1, 2018
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The Rockies will look for a sweep of the Dodgers tomorrow afternoon, with Chad Bettis on the mound against Ross Stripling. First pitch is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. Mountain time.