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Rockies 4, Marlins 3: Rockies bullpen holds on for fifth road win

Colorado gives just enough offensive firepower

The Rockies won on the road. Yes, you read the score correctly, the Rockies won on the road for just the fifth time this season. They’re now 5-23 on the road, which is still bad but it’s obviously better than 4-24.

Gomber stays hot

Coming into tonight, Austin Gomber was pitching some of his best baseball with a 1.53 ERA in his last five starts. That continued Wednesday night as he only allowed one run and five hits while striking out five batters in five innings against Miami. This performance now gives Gomber a 1.57 ERA in his last six starts.

The Nolan Arenado trade will most likely forever be a sore subject for Rockies fans but Austin Gomber continues to show what made him so attractive for the Rockies. There’s still a lot of baseball left but he’s now proven that he can be a very effective starter in this league with a 3.81 career ERA with 28 starts under his belt as a major league starter. He is now just behind Germán Márquez for the team lead in ERA with a 3.95 ERA. He does lead the rotation in lowest WHIP (1.13) and opponent batting average (.213).

Offense provides just enough

The Rockies struggles on the road have been well chronicled by us and just about every Rockies news outlet. The team’s league worst road BA of .196 coming into tonight had been staring the team right in the face even as they snazzily traveled to South Beach. The first game of this series saw the Rockies score twice but only on five hits. Tonight, the Rockies offense gave just barely enough with four runs on nine hits.

The team took advantage of an inexperienced pitcher in Braxton Garrett by jumping on him early and scoring a couple of runs in the first three innings.

With big road multi-hit performances by Raimel Tapia, Charlie Blackmon and even Elias Díaz who put together a 1-for-3 day with a walk, the team was able to put four runs up in a close contest in Miami. However, C.J. Cron’s four strikeout effort was concerning and was a small part of the reason the Rockies were unable to capitalize on more scoring opportunities. They finished just 3-for-12 with RISP and left eight men stranded on base which left a lot to be desired considering the bullpen’s history.

Shaky bullpen

Speaking of the bullpen, they also gave just enough and combined with a little luck and great defense, enough to hold onto the lead. Tyler Kinley came into the sixth inning and gave up a one out walk that came back to bite him as Adam Duvall launched a two run shot into the bleachers in the next at-bat to bring the Marlins within one. After he gave up another walk, he did get a strikeout but got some help from Elias Díaz as he threw out the runner on first for the double play to get out of the inning.

Carlos Estévez came into the game in the seventh and gave up a leadoff single to Jon Berti. He got two important outs but then lost control and hit Starling Marte in the arm to put runners on first and second. Bud Black came out and replaced Estévez with Mychal Givens to face the clutch veteran Jesus Aguilar. Givens did get Aguilar out but it was a laser off the bat of Aguilar that flew just above the head of Blackmon in right field but luckily into his glove for what was probably the biggest out of the game.

Even Daniel Bard dealt with a dangerous bases loaded situation in the ninth but thankfully he was able to hold on for his eighth save of the season.

Up next

The Rockies look to finish the three game series strong against the Marlins with a series win. It’ll be Chi Chi González (2-3, 4.84) against Trevor Rogers (6-3, 1.97 ERA) in the series finale. First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 PM MDT.