The Rockies squeezed out a 1-0 win against the Rays on Wednesday afternoon in an 11 inning game, avoiding the sweep and allowing the team to return to Denver following a win. Chris Iannetta, who entered the game in the 8th inning, hit a solo home run in the 11th to give the Rockies the lead. Wade Davis closed it out.
Márquez showed up
The Rockies have locked up German Márquez through 2023, and on Wednesday he showed why the Rockies were willing to make such a commitment. His curveball was working, and he kept Rays batters off balance throughout the afternoon. Some of his pitchers were practically un-hittable. Márquez ultimately worked seven scoreless innings.
The bullpen kept the Rays scoreless, although it wasn’t always pretty or easy. Scott Oberg walked three batters, and Wade Davis had to work through traffic to keep it scoreless to the 11th inning.
The offense did not show up
A win is a win, and I’ll take it, but this was another abysmal showing from the Rockies offense. The 1-0 win means that the Rockies have now scored a grand total of 2 runs in their last four games. Prior to Iannetta’s home run, even the Rockies hits were bloops and legged out infield hits. There weren’t even very many loud outs. The major problem last year remains one so far this year.
Nolan doing Nolan things
The highlight of the game for the Rockies came in the seventh, which in retrospect was the only reason the Rockies were able to take the game to extra innings and win. The Rays had runners on second and third with two outs in a scoreless game. Willy Adames laid down a perfect bunt in an attempt to give the Rays the lead and the clear edge in the contest. But Nolan barehanded the bunt and made a perfect throw to first base to get Adames. He was initially called safe, but a quick review showed that he was out.
Bunting to the third base side? Not advisable. #NolanBeingNolan pic.twitter.com/U93m3mMJk0— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) April 3, 2019
The home opener is next on the calendar. Tyler Anderson will get the start for the Rockies, and he’ll face Kenta Maeda. First pitch is scheduled for 2:10, Denver time.