The Rockies stopped an eight game skid against the San Francisco Giants when everything came together. The offense started to wake up and the pitching was beyond brilliant. Hopefully this is the start of a new chapter in 2019 Rockies baseball!
The no-no was a no-go, but still. Wow!
The only no-hitter in Rockies history still belongs to Ubaldo Jimenez, but German Márquez did his best to join him by going 7 1⁄3 innings of no-hit baseball. The first hit came from Evan Longoria in the 8th inning, who has reached base in 25 consecutive games against the Rockies. Instead, German settled for a one hit complete game shutout and eight strikeouts.
Even though he didn’t get the no-no, Márquez still made history today. This game was the only one-hitter issued by a single pitcher in Rockies history and the first complete game by the Rockies since Tyler Chatwood’s two hitter, also in San Francisco, on April 15, 2017. What a way to right the ship!
German Márquez, Disgusting 84mph Breaking Ball. pic.twitter.com/3UaRpKo89g— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) April 14, 2019
Nolan goes yard
After going 61 at bats without a homer, Nolan finally hit a 409-footer in the fifth inning to give the Rockies the 4-0 lead. This ended his longest home run drought to begin a season and sealed the victory for the Rockies.
Brace yourselves.— C l rad R ckies (@Rockies) April 14, 2019
Nolan home runs are coming. pic.twitter.com/Z25s0Cjpke
Take your base
A big reason the Rockies performed so well were the quality of the at bats. The Rockies walked four times. Only one came around to score, but in comparison, they had four walks combined in their last three games.
The Rockies go south to San Diego, who have been a surprising team this year. The Padres are currently 11-5 and have won four in a row. At the time of this publishing, they are losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rockies have yet to announce their starter since it’s Tyler Anderson’s spot, but Antonio Senzatela might take the spot. Whoever it is will go up against Padres’ lefty Joey Lucchesi.