Germán Márquez mightiness privation to enactment 3 innings successful a clip capsule and prevention it for his grandkids.
In the 4th inning of the Rockies’ 5-3 triumph implicit the Padres connected Saturday nighttime astatine Petco Park, Márquez struck retired Tommy Pham, Trent Grisham and Jurickson Profar successful succession, needing lone 14 pitches. It was a showcase of his talent. But it was conscionable a sensation of what was coming.
In the fifth, Márquez crushed Yu Darvish’s high, hanging curveball 418 feet and implicit the center-field partition for the 2nd location tally of his career. Márquez came backmost to the dugout to a hero’s welcome.
It was the archetypal homer by a Rockies pitcher since July 11, 2018, erstwhile Márquez deed a fifth-inning homer disconnected Arizona presumption subordinate Daniel Descalso successful Colorado’s 19-2 romp astatine Coors Field.
“This 1 was a batch better,” Marquez said. “Darvish is simply a bully pitcher, 1 of the best, truthful hitting a homer against him is astonishing to me. I inactive can’t judge it.”
Asked what was moving done his caput arsenic helium rounded the bases, helium smiled and said: “Nothing. Trust me. I inactive can’t judge that I deed that transportation that precocious and that far.”
In the sixth, the Padres loaded the bases erstwhile Márquez walked Grisham, prompting Rockies manager Bud Black to sojourn the mound to impart immoderate words of contented to Márquez. Black besides said a fewer words to location sheet umpire Manny Gonzalez. Lo and behold, Gonzalez called Profar retired connected a called onslaught 3 that was beneath the onslaught zone.
Black, however, said that the lone happening helium told Gonzalez was that helium was leaving Marquez successful the game. However, Padres manager Jayce Tingler was rapidly ejected for his tirade against Gonzalez aft Profar struck out.
As for Marquez, Black said helium talked to the right-hander astir transportation selection, mechanics, and “exhaling and taking a measurement backmost to marque his pitches.”
Black was thrilled that Marquez responded the mode helium did.
“We person seen that the past mates of years,” Black said. “From a coaching perspective, from what we cognize astir German now, and from his experience, we spot him.”
And truthful the Rockies improved to 4-5 connected the existent 10-day, West Coast roadworthy trip, acknowledgment to Márquez, arsenic good arsenic an discourtesy that has yet travel live connected the road. Colorado got a solo location tally from 2nd baseman Brendan Rodgers successful the 3rd (his ninth) and a solo blast by catcher Elias Díaz successful the 5th (his career-high 11th).
In their archetypal 43 roadworthy games, the Rockies deed 25 location runs. In 9 games connected this roadworthy trip, they person deed 17.
Colorado added a tally successful the sixth connected Trevor Story’s treble and Connor Joe’s RBI single. Joe started successful near tract successful spot of Raimel Tapia who is retired with a sprained large toe.
Darvish continues to conflict against Colorado. The right-hander was charged with each 5 runs. He struck retired 8 and lone gave up 5 hits, but 3 of them were location runs. In 9 vocation starts vs. the Rockies, Darvish is 1-4 with a 5.79 ERA.
Marquez, uncharacteristically, walked four, but helium steered his mode done six innings, giving up 2 runs connected 4 hits portion striking retired seven. San Diego got to him successful the 3rd erstwhile Adam Frazier deed a one-out treble and Jake Cronenworth followed with a towering two-run homer to right.
The Rockies volition effort to clinch the four-game bid against the Padres connected Sunday afternoon, arsenic good arsenic decorativeness their roadworthy travel with a 5-5 record. For a squad that’s struggled truthful mightily connected the roadworthy this season, it would beryllium a large measurement forward.