The Colorado Rockies won their third straight game for the first time since June 20 with an 11-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday. The Rockies were powered by the home run offensively, hitting five of them. Second baseman Ryan McMahon hit a pair of home runs on the night and Trevor Story, Charlie Blackmon and Ian Desmond also went deep in the win. Nine of the Rockies 13 hits in the game went for extra bases.
Márquez good, but inefficient
Rockies starter Germán Márquez had a solid start on the mound, though it was an abbreviated one. It took Márquez 88 pitches to get through five innings of work, allowing two runs on five hits with a walk and eight strikeouts. Getting more than half of his outs via the K was a double-edged sword, as strikeouts are obviously something you want, but eight of them in five innings does tend to drive up a pitch count.
UPDATE: The Rockies announced that Márquez left the game with cramps:
Rockies said that Márquez experienced cramping, again, and that is why he was yanked...— Nick Groke (@nickgroke) August 18, 2019
Mucho Swagger robbery
With David Dahl on the injured list, Raimel Tapia has been getting more consistent playing time in center field this month. The experience seems to be paying off for Tapia, or at least it did on this robbery of Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson in the fourth:
Be On The Lookout: Stolen Home Run— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) August 18, 2019
Suspect last seen at the corner of 20th & Blake wearing purple pinstripes.
He is described as “Con Mucho Swagger” and responds to "El Cangrejo" pic.twitter.com/R6qu1WhxGT
The Rockies will look for a sweep of the Marlins tomorrow afternoon with Peter Lambert taking the mound against Miami’s Jordan Yamamoto. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Mountain time at Coors Field.