Going into the homestand, both Kyle Freeland and German Marquez had streaks of fifteen consecutive starts of allowing three runs or fewer. Freeland’s streak was snapped on Monday and Marquez’s snapped on Tuesday. The key play came in the top of the fifth inning with the Rockies already down 2-0. Freddie Freeman was called out advancing to third base but was ruled safe on review. So instead of one on, two out, Dansby Swanson came up with two one, one out, and took Marquez deep to center field to make it 5-0. Marquez’s final line ended up reading five runs allowed on seven hits, no walks, and just two strikeouts over five innings.
As such, for the fifth game in a row, the Rockies were down early and (spoiler) were unable to rebound.
With the Rockies placing David Dahl on the IL before the game, Yonathan Daza was called up from Triple-ABQ to take his spot. He hit out of the leadoff spot in a lineup that featured four players with 315 career at-bats combined. It wasn’t the best of debuts: 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and the hardest ball he hit was snagged by Freeman at first to turn into a quick and easy double play.
It was just that kind of night for the Rockies, who have held a lead for five outs over the last 92 innings.
The Rockies and Braves will try to get the last game of their three game series in before yet another blizzard hits the Denver area. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 pm MT with Denver-native Kevin Gausman taking the mound for the Braves and Jeff Hoffman likely to be called up to take the injured Tyler Anderson’s spot in the rotation for the Rockies.
BREAKING: Blizzard Warning hoisted for Denver (sorry baseball fans). Starting at Noon tomorrow Denver is under a blizzard warning. 4-8” of snow, rapidly deteriorating roadways and winds to 50mph. Needless to say, getting the Atlanta finale in will be a problem. #rockies pic.twitter.com/ZhfVEgbelr— Coors Field Forecast (@RockiesWX) April 9, 2019
Something tells me the Rockies could use a
rain snow out.