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Giants 7, Rockies 3: Walks continue to plague Rockies

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Rockies issue nine walks, three of them with bases loaded

In what was a frustrating pitching performance to watch, the Colorado Rockies fell to the Giants 7-3. The pitching gave up way too many walks. The offense took some time to get to Alex Wood and when it did, it failed to capitalize. The loss now puts the Rockies road record at 1-8 and an overall record of 9-15.

The Colorado Walkies

The story of the Rockies pitching so far has been the league leading amount of walks they’ve given up. Tonight’s game was another chapter of that story as the Rockies pitchers combined to give up nine walks. It was astonishing how much of a team effort nine walks in a game require. In fact, every single pitcher who appeared in the game issued at least one walk. However, Germán Márquez and Yency Almonte take the cake with four and three walks respectively with three of them coming with the bases loaded. Not ideal

Márquez loses the zone in the second

Germán Márquez came into tonights game not giving up more than three runs in any of his first five starts. That streak came to a halt all in the second inning against the Giants. Márquez seemed to struggle with command out of the stretch after he gave up a single to Alex Dickerson and walked Darin Ruf. With two runners on and only one out, Mike Tauchman singled to load the bases. The inning turned into a meltdown for Márquez when he couldn’t find the strike zone and walked two consecutive runs in. Brandon Belt took advantage of Márquez’s issues and doubled to bring two more runs in.

Márquez got it together enough to last two more innings but manager Bud Black chose to go with Ben Bowden to start the fifth inning.

Two runs but a bigger missed opportunity in the seventh

The Rockies offense was pretty stagnant with only one hit against Alex Wood up until the seventh inning. That was when the Rockies finally got to Wood with a Trevor Story walk, a C.J. Cron single, Charlie Blackmon single and finally a Yonathan Daza RBI single. That forced Alex Wood out of the game with the bases loaded and no outs.

For the Rockies it was a golden opportunity to tie or take the lead but the Giants young right hander Camilo Doval got a struggling Josh Fuentes to ground into a double play. It brought in the team’s second run but left a whole lot to be desired in what at the time was only a 4-1 ballgame. A simple fly ball or pop up would have been a better result but Fuentes was unable to come through.

Almonte’s struggles continue

If their’s anyone on the planet who’s wishing to go back to 2020 it’s Yency Almonte. After being one of the few bright spots in last years bullpen, Almonte has not pitched well this season. The trend unfortunately continued into tonights game as he was unable to make it through a complete inning.

Almonte led off the seventh with a walk to Evan Longoria and a single by Alex Dickerson. Then Almonte’s wild pitched allowed both runners to get into scoring position. He followed that up by walking Brandon Crawford and loading the bases. A Mike Tauchman come backer would have been a double play but Almonte stuck his hand out and knocked the ball out of the reach of Trevor Story. An unfortunate mistake that Almonte compounded on by walking Curt Casali to bring another run in.

Coming Up Next

The Rockies will look to turn things around as they travel to the desert to face the Arizona Diamondbacks tomorrow night at 7:40 P.M. MDT. For the first of what’ll be a three game series, it’ll be Antonio Senzatela (1-3, 5.76 ERA) against Luke Weaver (1-2, 4.57 ERA). The last time the two teams faced off, the Rockies won their first series of the season.