The Colorado Rockies may have had one of their best all-around games of the season in a strong 7-2 win over the San Francisco Giants. The win not only keeps the Rockies’ playoff hopes alive, but they also leapfrog the New York Mets in the standings and gain a game on the Phillies, who have now fallen to the eighth spot at 27-27.
Márquez keeps Giants in check
Coming into tonight, the Giants had the second-best batting average at home in the majors (.281). With Germán Márquez throwing, it didn’t seem like it. He was able to keep the Giants hitters guessing for six innings and only allowed five hits and one run. He was also the beneficiary of a great throw by a third baseman not named Nolan Arenado.
Márquez gets the win (3-6) and improves his ERA to 4.10.
Fuentes keeps it rollin’
Josh Fuentes continues his breakout 2020 season. On Monday night, he went 2-for-5 with an RBI single in the first inning to set the tone for the game. Fuentes is now batting .352 with two home runs on the year after being handed over the first base job in late August.
Fuentes’ arrival is a sweet discovery in an otherwise sour season. The first base job will be his to lose coming into Spring Training next year. He’ll have to prove himself all over again, but what he has proven is that he’s more than just Nolan’s cousin.
Mr. Pillar keeps making an impact
While the trade deadline moves made by Jeff Bridich haven’t been the difference makers he hoped they were, Kevin Pillar has hit very well in a Rockies uniform. Since coming over from Boston, Pillar has batted .298 with 2 home runs and 9 RBI’s.
Tonight he went 2-for-5 including this 404-foot blast.
No one's fetching this one! pic.twitter.com/daOU1tYEZr— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) September 22, 2020
The second game of the four game series in San Francisco will feature a battle of the lefties, Kyle Freeland (2-2, 3.75 ERA) for the Rockies against Drew Smyly (0-0, 3.94 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:45pm MT.