The Rockies relied heavily on the bat of Trevor Story in Friday night’s matchup against the Brewers. In the top of the sixth, with two runners on base, Story slammed a three-run homer to put the Rockies up 3-2. It proved to be the game-winning hit as Rockies’ pitchers would go on to shutout the Brewers for the remainder of the game. The win puts an end to a five-game losing streak for the Rockies bringing their record to 41-53.
Big hits at the right time
With both teams mustering only seven hits in the game, hitting with runners in scoring position proved paramount to gaining an edge. Story’s big home run came at an opportune time with Brian Mundell and German Márquez both reaching base with singles, their lone hits on the day. Ryan McMahon added some insurance with a solo home run in the seventh inning off of Álex Claudio, his 24th of the simulated season. In the eighth inning, Raimel Tapia came in as a pinch-hitter and drew a walk. He then scored on a double off the bat of Story to put the Rockies up 5-2.
Márquez feeling it
The Rockies finally got the type of performance they expected from their ace, German Márquez, as he battled his way through seven innings of quality pitching. Márquez got into some trouble as he gave up a solo home run to Christian Yelich in the fourth inning and then another to Justin Smoak in the fifth. Damage was minimal however as both home runs came with the bases empty and would produce the Brewers’ only runs on the day. Márquez tallied seven strikeouts en route to his seventh win of the season. He also helped himself out at the plate with a single and run scored. His line on the day was 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 7 K.
The Rockies will face the Brewers again tomorrow with Jon Gray taking the mound against Eric Lauer for the Brewers. There will be no broadcast, but we will have the recap tomorrow for you right here on Purple Row!