Márq of a champion
Germán Márquez was on fire for this game! Not only did he pitch eight strong innings of two-baseball, but he also accounted for four of the Sim Rockies ten runs. After going three straight games of five-inning, three-run starts, Márquez finally broke the streak with a line of 8 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K on 110 pitches. The runs he gave up came on an RBI double by José Osuna in the first inning to give the Sim Pirates their only lead of the game, and the second came later by an RBI single from Adam Frazier. James Pazos finished out the game and faced the minimum — Colin Moran strikeout, Erik González single, Jason Martin 6-4-3 double play.
Holy offense, Rockies fans!
The Sim Rockies have finally seem to have busted out of their offensive slump, scoring double digit runs for the third time in four games. They have outscored their opponents 40-16 in that stretch.
The Sim Pirates scored first in this matchup — an RBI double by José Osuna in the first — but then gave up nine unanswered runs. To be fair, they held the 1-0 lead through five innings before the Sim Rockies offense went nuts in the sixth and beyond. Germán Márquez got the party started with a two-RBI single followed immediately by an RBI double by David “Doubles” Dahl (this was his 29th of the year!) to make it 3-1 Sim Rockies. In the seventh, Drew Butera had an RBI single and Márquez knocked in two more with another single to make it 6-1 Sim Rockies. Not to be outdone by his pitcher, David Dahl absolutely demolished a 473-foot, 3-run home run to right-center field to put the nail in the 9-1 coffin. He ultimately finished a triple shy of the cycle.
The Sim Pirates did answer back in the eighth with an RBI single to make it 9-2, but Ryan McMahon hit a sacrifice fly to end the scoring at 10-2.
Trevor Story was the only Sim Rockies starter to hitless in this ballgame, finishing 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk. Ian Desmond came in as a pinch hitter and flew out to right.
Since the Sim Rockies were going for the sweep heading into Sunday, you can watch all of the excitement here!
The Sim Rockies have an off day on Monday but will start a three-game set against the last place Sim Cardinals. Then they come back to Coors against the Sim Padres to finish out this week. Games will be broadcast at least on Tuesday and Friday, and potentially Thursday and Sunday so stay tuned. For alerts on all things Sim Rockies, subscribe to Ben Kouchnerkavich’s YouTube channel!