Elvis Andrus hit a leadoff home run and the Sim Rangers just kept on adding to their lead to sweep the Sim Rockies (6-6) in a two-game series that concluded Wednesday. If you count the season series against the Rangers, where the Rockies will travel to Texas for two games on August 24 and 25, then the Rockies can still hope for a split.
Everything’s Bigger for Texas
Even though the 28 hits in the game were evenly split between the teams, Texas was able to make theirs count for runs. After Andrus’s leadoff homer, Danny Santana hit an RBI double and Ronald Guzmán hit a two-run homer in the first to make it 4-0. The Rangers scored more runs in four of the first five innings with an RBI double by Matt Duffy in the second, a Nick Solak homer and a Robinson Chirinos RBI double in the third, and a two-run homer off the bat of Rougned Odor in the fifth that made it 9-3.
Márquez Struggles Again, Kinley Breaks Streak
Sim Germán Márquez (1-2) lost his second straight start. After only going four innings against the Dodgers on April 1, Márquez only went 2 1/3 on Wednesday, giving up seven runs on seven hits with one walk, but he did have six strikeouts. Jake McGee pitched a scoreless fourth. In the fifth, Tyler Kinley, Colorado’s stellar pitcher of the young sim season, then had his scoreless streak busted when he gave up the two-run homer to Odor. Kinley had pitched over six scoreless innings for the Rockies before the homer, but then returned to form with a scoreless frame in the sixth inning. As for the good news, James Pazos pitched two scoreless innings and Wade Davis didn’t give up any runs in the ninth. Márquez’s counterpart, Lance Lynne, gave up 11 hits in six innings, but only three runs while walking three and striking out four.
Some Fireworks, But Lots of Stranded Runners
Sim Nolan Arenado hit two homers in the game to extend his hitting streak to nine games. The only bummer is that both of his homers were solo. His first of the game came in the third and was followed by a solo shot by Daniel Murphy, who went 3-for-5 in the game. After getting two hits on Tuesday, David Dahl went 4-for-5 with two doubles and scored a run on a Charlie Blackmon sacrifice fly in the first inning. The Rockies had their chances to score more runs, but left the bases loaded in the first and sixth innings, and stranded runners in scoring position in five other innings, including the fourth when Dahl was thrown out at home trying to score on a hit by Trevor Story.
The Rockies will have the day off on Thursday before they open up a six-game road trip at Arizona on Friday. Jeff Hoffman will take the mound for the Rockies against lefty Alex Young. Tune into YouTube at 7:45 p.m. MT.