During a crazy afternoon of Trade Deadline moves (two minor moves by the Rockies), the pitchers duel in Denver was almost lost in the shuffle. However, the Rockies came up majorly short in the end.
Yer a wizard, German!
German Márquez went up against Hyun-Jin Ryu, arguably one of the best pitchers in the National League right now, and pitched toe-to-toe with him. German only gave up two hits in six innings of work. He did not walk a single batter and recorded ten strikeouts. That marked the first time this year that Márquez has recorded double digit strikeouts and the first time since September 26 of last year that he achieved such a feat. Unfortunately, he was lifted from the game when he was overwhelmed with full-body cramping in the seventh. For as scary as it looked, that certainly was a sigh of relief.
You, me, and McGee
After Márquez was lifted, Jake McGee was brought in to fill in the emergency relief spot. He gave up a lead off walk to Max Muncy, but then he struck out Matt Beaty, Cody Bellinger, and Corey Seager in order. Beaty and Seager were swinging and Bellinger was caught looking for the second time. Unfortunately, that didn’t matter in the end.
There’s something about Wade Davis
The Rockies and Dodgers were tied 0-0 going into the ninth inning. Enter Wade Davis. Davis immediately struck out Beaty. However, after walking Bellinger and giving up a single to Seager, Davis then gave up a three-run homer to Will Smith. Smith had gone 0-for-3 with three strikeouts previously. To make matters worse, two batters later he gave up a two-run homer to Kristopher Negrón. Davis was then lifted for Carlos Estévez. He has an ERA of 0.68 on the road and an 11.26 ERA at Coors Field.
After an off day tomorrow, the Rockies will host the Giants for three games. Peter Lambert is expected to start against Madison Bumgarner. First pitch is at 6:40 MT.