The Rockies did exactly what they needed to in Arizona tonight. They got a win 6-2 to keep their playoff hopes alive. After falling apart in Los Angeles, the team finally bounced back and got a win. They followed a familiar formula, get a great start from their starting pitching, get one big inning from the offense and let the bullpen bring it home.
It’s a bird, it’s a place, it’s Superman
Germán Márquez took the mound tonight with the Rockies desperately needing a win and he delivered in a big way once again. In his 11th straight quality start, Márquez looked a lot like he has the entire second half, some first-inning struggles followed up by six innings of pure dominance. He struck out 11 Diamondbacks and walked 0. In Márquez’s last five start, this was his fourth time recording at least 11 strikeouts.
That felt good
The Rockies offense has not been good this season. While they’ve had spurts of good production, overall the offense has been a disaster. Unfortunately, it has been even worse than its average on this road trip as we have all watched the Rockies playoff hopes slipping away. Tonight was looking like another one in the list of good starts by a starting pitcher going to waste by the offense until the bats finally woke up in the top of the 8th. With the score tied 2-2, the Rockies promptly send 10 batters to the plate in the innings and put a four-spot up on the board to give Márquez a much deserved win.
The Rockies will go for a series win tomorrow night at 6:10 MT. Márquez’s best buddy, Antonio Senzatela, will take the mound for the Rockies.