Now why can’t we have more games like that?
Friday’s blowout victory for the Rox was a team win - another excellent start from Germán Márquez and some explosive offense. A strong showing in game one, this sets them up nicely for the rest of the series with the Marlins.
Márquez is great...duh
There really aren’t enough superlatives for Germán Márquez this season. While the lead story from this game will no doubt be the Rockies offense, we have to be sure to give their starting pitcher his flowers. The right-hander that should have started the All-Star Game was once again brilliant on Friday, as he held Miami to just two hits (both doubles) and one walks versus seven strikeouts in his six innings of work. In complete control from his first pitch to his last and not allowing a hit through the first 4 1⁄3 innings, Márquez didn’t need his best stuff on a night with the run support he’d receive, but that’s just what he does - pitch excellently at altitude.
Using dynamite in a pond
But yeah, tonight was about the offense. Scoring a run apiece in the second and third innings, it was the fourth that put the game out of reach for the visiting Marlins. 13 batters stepped up to the plate, good for nine runs in the frame. The highlights? Too many to name, but Elías Díaz, Charlie Blackmon, and C.J. Cron’s home runs were the biggest blows. Cron in particular had a huge game, smashing two absolute moonshots and driving in four. They’d also add three more in the eighth inning versus Marlins catcher Sandy León, pitching in place of the Marlins bullpen.
In all, every Rockies starter had at least one hit and RBI. The game also saw the hitting streaks of Trevor Story (nine games), Raimel Tapia (10 games), and Brendan Rodgers (13 games) continue. That’s a nice night at the dish, right there.
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3 shots in the 4th inning! pic.twitter.com/0zkf4RUBKi
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In the top of the fifth and with the game more or less in hand, Isan Díaz laced a grounder up through the middle. Trevor Story made a nice diving play to snag the ball, but had no play to get the runner. Not keen on allowing the first hit of the game, Story flipped the ball from his glove to Brendan Rodgers at second, who fired a dart to first for the out. The Rockies have some pretty solid defenders on their squad - Ryan McMahon’s making a solid case for a gold glove - but this may just be the best play of the season, and it’ll be hard to top.
The Rockies keep it going with the Marlins tomorrow as newly-acquired Jesus Luzardo (3-4, 6.70 ERA) makes his second start for the Fish against Austin Gomber (8-6, 4.04 ERA). Hopefully Colorado can apply some of the offensive magic seen tonight in tomorrow’s affair. It’s also Star Wars Night at Coors Field, so have your lightsabers at the ready!
First pitch is at 6:10pm. See you then!