It’s been a long season but the Rockies continue to dominate at home. A strong 7-3 victory against San Diego gives them their 40th home win of the season. They are just the fourth team in all of the major leagues to reach that mark. Today’s win also gives them the season series win against the Padres. San Diego continues to flounder as they are now 14-16 since the All-Star break and hold just a game and a half lead for the second wild card spot.
Elias Díaz first career triple, Márquez knocks in two
For the first in Elias Díaz’s seven year career, he records a triple in a Major League game. It was the first time Díaz had hit one since 2015 when he was at Triple-A Indianapolis with the Pirates organization.
He was brought in by none other than the silver slugger pitcher, Germán Márquez, not once but twice. Once in the fourth...
And again in the sixth..
Germán Márquez's 4th double of the season scores Elias Díaz— RoxGifsVids (@RoxGifsVids) August 18, 2021
2nd RBI of the game pic.twitter.com/guftgpaAxY
Márquez now has ten hits and five RBI’s this season. It’s also the second time this season that Márquez has had a multi-hit game but his first multi-RBI game.
Márquez one hits through six, gets rocked for three home runs in the seventh
After getting knocked around by the Giants last week, we all knew Germán Márquez would come out with an edge against the Padres this time around. Through six innings of this game, Márquez was about as sharp as we’ve seen him all season long. He allowed just one hit and one walk to that point and did not allow a single Padre to reach second base. It seemed we were on our way to another classic Germán Márquez game.
Then in the seventh, things changed in a hurry with some incredible home runs. Fernando Tatis Jr. got a hold of one and took it to deep center field for his NL leading 34th home run of the year.
Then two batters later, Jake Cronenworth also hit one hard this time to right center field that bounced off the wall and away from both Charlie Blackmon and a slipping Sam Hilliard. It bobbled far enough away that Jake Cronenworth was easily able to trot around the bases for an inside the park home run. His second against the Rockies this season.
Things got worse for Márquez as Tommy Pham joined the party on the very next at-bat with a 486-foot home run, the furthest home run by any player this season.
The three home runs are the most home runs Márquez has allowed in a game all season and it all came in one inning.
Blackmon, Cron respond with back to back jacks
Fortunately for the Rockies, Charlie Blackmon and C.J. Cron responded thunderously. At a critical juncture in the game when momentum was slipping away, they answered. Trevor Story led off the inning with a walk and then Charlie Blackmon, who has had people doubting his power this season, hit his second home run in as many days. He now has nine on the season, this one giving the Rockies a much needed boost.
It did not stop there as C.J. Cron followed up with his own home run to give the Rockies another insurance run. It’s also his second home run in as many days. He now has seven in just this month and 21 on the year.
Coming up next
The Rockies and Padres will finish up their three game series tomorrow. The Rockies will be going for the sweep with Chi Chi González (3-6, 6.06 ERA) getting the start now that Austin Gomber has gone on the paternity list. Jake Arrieta (5-8, 6.88 ERA) will make his Padres debut after being released by the Cubs and signing with the Padres just a few short days ago. First pitch is set for 1:10 PM MDT.