If you would’ve said that the Rockies would win this game 10-3, I wouldn’t have believed you. They struggled embarrassingly so in the first inning but luckily snapped out of it in the second to get back on track. Germán pitched a great game; he had plenty of run support, and even with the teams’ defensive troubles, his final line on the night came to: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 7 SO. It wasn’t a perfect game with those errors in account; however, among the defensive faults was a perfect throw by Kevin Pillar in right field to nail a runner out at home.
A wild start
If you happened to miss the first inning or accidentally flipped the channel during the inning, don’t worry because I’ve got a rundown of it for you here.
Arizona quickly took a 1-0 lead on a throwing error charged to Márquez. Fortunately, that was the only scoring to happen, although, the inning didn’t improve much. With Josh Fuentes getting his first start at third base this season, Daniel Murphy manned first base, and let’s just say, it was about as disappointing as the Rockies’ season has been. Some miscommunication between Fuentes and Trevor Story at second base led to a throwing error on Story, but also a bad pick attempt on Murphy’s part. And, to prove Fuentes can consistently make difficult plays look easy, just take a look at this play in the ninth once he was moved over to first base.
Mixed feelings on Murphy
The empath in me is going to spare any more negative words about Daniel Murphy because most fans share the same opinion (or hopefully do.) So, instead let’s appreciate that he came in clutch to bring in Fuentes and get the Rockies their first run on the board.
So many big hits
The big hit tonight goes to Elias Díaz’s two-run home run that put the Rox ahead 3-1. Aside from that, Díaz in general had a massive night at the plate where he went 3-for-5 and was just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Díaz got the momentum going, but he wasn’t the only one to hit a big fly. His teammate Ryan McMahon went deep to left center, increasing Colorado’s lead 7-2 in the top of the sixth.
The Rockies expanded their lead in the ninth with three more runs, and Jairo Díaz closed out the game.
Colorado will look to finish out the last series of the regular season on Sunday with a win against the D-Backs. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m. MT with Kyle Freeland matching up against Madison Bumgarner for Game 60.