That fifth road win remains elusive for the Rockies. On Tuesday Pablo López only allowed two runs to squeak by and Antonio Senzatela would have had a brilliant night if he only could have erased the four-run third inning. Instead, the Marlins beat the Rockies 6-2 as the Rockies dropped to 4-23 on the road and 24-37 overall.
Blackmon hits Rockies milestone
After getting an infield single in the first and then connecting for a double in the fourth, Charlie Blackmon reached the 1,362 hit mark, moving into second place in the Rockies all-time hit list. He passed Larry Walker (1,361). Blackmon is in his 11th season in the big leagues and the milestone came in his 1,176th game (third highest in team history). The high hit count has equated to a lifetime line of .302/.360/.501 (.302 is eighth best in Rockies history) with 182 homers (also eighth best), 251 doubles (sixth), 49 triples (tied for second), 585 RBI (eighth), and 768 runs scored (fourth). The hit came on the 10-year anniversary (June 8, 2011) of when Blackmon recorded his first base hit.
“He’s playing great. I think he’s up to well over .270. The on-base percentage is high, Bud Black said of Blackmon in the press conference after the game. “I love the double to left-center today. That ball was smoked. He’s using the whole field. Charlie’s doing his thing.”
Mr. Strikeout Senzatela
It was a great night of pitching for Senzatela with just one bad inning. Starting with the good, Senzatela recorded eight strikeouts for a career high in one outing. His slider was out of the reach of many Marlins and got better and better as the night went on. In the sixth inning, despite giving up one single, Senzatela struck out the side, including two looking. Senzatela produced whiffs 32 percent of the time on his slider, which averaged 85.4 mph, and 21 percent with his four-seam fastball, which averaged 94.6 mph. Senzatela’s season high strikeout mark coming into the night was four, while his previous career high was seven, which he’d done twice (once in 2019 and once in 2017).
Senzatela finished Tuesday’s game up four runs allowed on nine hits with one walk in six innings. The rough spot came in the third inning when Jon Berti got things started for Miami with a single. Senzatela then struck out his counterpart López. Starling Marte followed with an infield single that Brendan Rodgers made a great diving stop on, but the Rockies double play attempt came up with zero outs. Jesús Aguilar hit a sac fly to tie the game before Corey Dickerson smacked a two-run triple to right field to drive in two more runs and give the Marlins a lead they never lost. Adam Duvall added another RBI single to put Miami up 4-1. Miami added two more runs when Carlos Estévez gave up four singles in 1⁄3 of an inning in the seventh before Lucas Gilbreath came in to get two strikeouts with two runners on to end the inning.
López dominates Rockies
Coming into the game, López had only given up four earned runs in 36 2/3 innings over six starts at loanDepot Park. The Rockies got a taste of why, being held to two runs on five hits over eight innings with eight strikeouts and zero walks. The Rockies were able to jump out to a 1-0 run in the first when Garrett Hampson doubled and Charlie Blackmon hit an infield single, allowing Ryan McMahon hit a sacrifice grounder to plate Hampson. Blackmon scored the other run in the fourth after doubling, moving to third on a grounder, and then scoring on a wild pitch. With a deceptive changeup and curveball, mixed in with a 94-mph average fastball, López kept the Rockies off balance all night. “Three quality pitches with movement and velocity. He’s been doing this all year,” Black said. “He’s got a good arm. He’s a good pitcher.”
One hit was wasted when Raimel Tapia singled in the third, but was then doubled up when Dickerson made an impressive catch in center field on a Hampson liner. The Rockies went 3-up-3-down in six innings, including the ninth against Miami closer Richard Bleier who threw eight sinkers to close out the game.
More web gems for McMahon
In the second inning, McMahon put on a show in the field. First, he robbed Isan Díaz of a base hit by climbing an imaginary ladder to rip the ball out of the air. When Jorge Alfaro came up next, McMahon flashed his range by getting to the other side of second and making the long throw to first.
Adams leaves the game
Matt Adams got the start at first base for the Rockies, but left the game after the fourth inning when Black said he “felt a sensation in his elbow” when he fouled a ball off. Black didn’t know the extent of the injury, but believes that Adams will be headed to the IL.
The Rockies and Marlins will be back in action on Wednesday night for another 5:10 p.m. MT showdown. Austin Gomber will be on the mound for the Rockies, while the Marlins have yet to announce their starter.