In an old fashioned pitcher’s duel the Rockies came up short, dropping their third straight to the Cardinals 2-0. While Germán Márquez did have a strong start, he was unable to keep up with the dominance of Adam Wainwright and the Rockies were ultimately swept by the Cardinals.
Germán Márquez returns to form
Although he wound up on the losing end, Germán Márquez was able to bounce back from his poor outing last week. Márquez limited the Cardinals to two runs, one earned, on six hits over six innings. He showed flashes of the ace that Rockies fans have come to know and love and did everything he could to keep the team in the game.
Nolan being Nolan
Nolan Arenado did things today that Rockies fans are used to seeing him do and, unfortunately, we got a taste of what he did to the opposition for so many years in a Rockies uniform. Much has been said and written regarding Nolan no longer playing for the Rockies and how to handle seeing him in the Cardinals red, but the first series facing him as an opponent is now in the rearview mirror. Nolan let his glove and bat do the talking en route to completing the sweep of the Rockies. He definitely took full advantage of the big stage and rose to the occasion in all three games of the series. He finished this afternoon going 1-for-4 and scoring the only two runs of the game, one of which coming on his second inning home run.
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Hit a home run ✅
All in a day's work for Nolan Arenado. pic.twitter.com/bWzlHG9AYK
Rockies bats scuffle
After having a strong overall day at the plate yesterday, the Rockies were only able to produce three hits in the game today. It was certainly a disappointing outing from the offense overall and they will look to get going on the upcoming homestand. There was only one real scoring opportunity against Wainwright in the third inning, but Raimel Tapia and Trevor Story were unable to bring home Yonathan Daza from third with one out. Adam Wainwright matched his best outing of the year, a complete game loss against the Phillies two starts ago. He completed his outing with 81⁄3 innings pitched and no runs allowed on three hits and looked as dominate as he ever has in his 16-year career.
The Rockies return home to face the San Diego Padres on Monday evening. Antonio Senzatela will return from his short IL stint to take on the talented San Diego lineup. The Padres haven’t yet named a starter for the game that will take place on Monday at 6:40pm MDT.