The Colorado Rockies won their second game of the road trip for the first time this season by securing a 3-0 win over the San Diego Padres. Germán Márquez pitched seven dominant innings and the bats were able to push three runs across the plate to win game two of the three game set.
Germán Márquez dazzles again
Germán Márquez is pitching as well, if not better than, any Rockies pitcher ever has and is adding to a historic stretch every time he takes the mound. He threw seven innings and allowed no runs on three hits with nine strikeouts and one walk tonight. He now has allowed just 12 hits and three runs in his last five starts, spanning 36 innings.
Márquez only needed 86 pitches to get through seven innings and made an emphatic statement in presenting his case as to why he should be named the starter for the National League in the All-Star Game. And, oh-by-the-way, he had a hit and scored the first run of the game for the Rockies as well.
Finding ways to score
A single by Márquez, an error, and a 45 foot single set the table with the bases loaded for Charlie Blackmon in the top of the fifth. Blackmon would take advantage of the situation and pulled a single to right field to break the scoreless tie as Márquez and Raimel Tapía came around to score.
In the seventh inning, it was a walk, a wild pitch, another 45 foot single, and a sacrifice fly by CJ Cron to bring Tapia around to score and make it a 3-0 Rockies lead. Both 45 foot singles mentioned belong to Garrett Hampson, who ended an 0-for-14 stretch with the swinging bunt and actual bunt. On the night, the Rockies were 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position and provided enough run support to secure the win.
Tapia sets the table
Raimel Tapia looked like a prototypical leadoff hitter tonight as he reached the first four times he came to the plate. He had a hit, two walks, and reached on an error and once he found his way on base, he was running. He had to stolen bases, advanced on a wild pitch, and scored two of the Rockies three runs. He worked the count and saw 30 pitches over the course of his five plate appearances.
Jon Gray and the Colorado Rockies look to take the series win in the rubber match against Ryan Weathers and the San Diego Padres. First pitch of the last game of the regular season is scheduled for 2:10pm MDT.