The Rockies found themselves down big early and were unable to complete the comeback against the Astros today, losing by a final score of 10-8. All 10 of those runs were charged to Germán Márquez. Two home runs from Ryan McMahon and another from Nolan Arenado proved to be not enough as the Rockies dropped their fourth straight.
Comeback falls short
Down 10-3 after the top of the fifth inning, the Rockies made an admirable attempt at a comeback. Ryan McMahon hit a two-run home run in the bottom half of the inning to make it 10-5, and Rockies tacked on two more when Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run single in the sixth. A Matt Kemp RBI groundout in the ninth to score Sam Hilliard made it 10-8, but that was the final score.
Márquez blown up
Germán Márquez came into today's game with hardly a black mark against him in 2020. Two big innings did him in: five runs each in the second and fifth innings, capped off by three-run home run from Abraham Toro to make it 10-3. Márquez' ERA ballooned from 2.25 to 4.38, and he now has a 4.20 career ERA. He did, however, record his 600th career strikeout in the second inning.
With his third strikeout of the day in the second inning, Germán Márquez becomes the seventh pitcher to record 600 strikeouts as a member of the Rockies and at 25 years and 180 days, the youngest to reach the milestone (previous: Ubaldo Jiménez, 26 years and 217 days).— Rockies Club Information (@RockiesClubInfo) August 20, 2020
Lost in the craziness were three players who had outstanding games: Ryan McMahon, Raimel Tapia, and Sam Hilliard.
Tapia was the leadoff man in Thursday’s contest — the first time he’s been in that spot in 2020. It proved to be a good spot for him, as he drew a career-high four walks.
Four was the magic number for Sam Hilliard as well. He went 4-for-5 today, with three singles and a triple. That triple came around to score in the ninth, making that final score 10-8. The four hits were also a career-high for Hilliard.
Two proved to be the magic number for Ryan McMahon, who went 2-for-3 with two walks and two home runs. Both of his homers were two-run shots, and this was the fifth multi-homer game of McMahon’s career.
The Rockies will face the division leading Los Angeles Dodgers for the first time this season over the weekend. The three game set begins Friday at Dodger Stadium at 7:40 pm MT. Jon Gray (1-2, 5.74 ERA) is scheduled to start opposite Walker Buehler (0-0, 5.21 ERA).