When the Rockies deed the road, their borderline for mistake is razor-thin. When they look a talented pitcher similar Angels’ superstar Shohei Ohtani, it’s little the zero.
No surprise, then, that the Rockies lost, 6-2, astatine Angel Stadium Monday night, contempt different — mostly — coagulated commencement from right-hander German Marquez.
Ohtani was arsenic bully arsenic his hype, allowing conscionable 5 hits, striking retired 5 and walking nary implicit 7 innings. His lone large mistake was giving up a solo location tally to catcher Dom Nunez successful the fifth. Ohtani exacted a spot of revenge successful the seventh, striking retired Nunez with a 100 mph fastball connected his 99th, and last transportation of the night.
“Easy transportation with a precise bully premix of pitches, each quality,” Rockies manager Bud Black said of Ohtani. “I deliberation we saw them each tonight. He pitched well.”
Ohtani improved to 6-1 with a 2.17 ERA astatine home.
Say this for the Rockies: they privation down swinging erstwhile Ohtani near the game.
Brendan Rodgers crushed a one-out, solo location tally to halfway disconnected Jose Quintana successful the eighth, Rodgers’ sixth homer. Charlie Blackmon followed up with a two-out single, and C.J. Cron followed that up with a ground-rule treble to right.
The signifier was acceptable for Sam Hilliard, who drove Steve Cishek’s transportation to the informing way wherever Brandon Marsh hauled it in. Just a fewer much feet and the Rockies would person owned a 5-4 lead.
But remember, this is the Rockies, playing distant from Coors Field.
The Angels added 2 much runs successful the eighth against reliever Justin Lawrence to brackish the crippled away. The large deed was Max Stassi’s two-run azygous that snuck nether Blackmon’s mitt successful close tract erstwhile Blackmon appeared to suffer the shot successful the lights.
And truthful Colorado slid to 10-37 connected the road, a .212 roadworthy winning percent that is the worst successful baseball. They are connected gait to decorativeness the play 18-63 connected the road. The worst roadworthy grounds successful a 162-game play belongs to the 1963 Mets and 2010 Pirates, some of whom went 17-64 (.210).
Marquez went toe-to-toe against Ohtani, striking retired 8 and walking nary implicit 7 frames. But 1 transportation haunted Marquez. He near a slider implicit the sheet successful the seventh and Jack Mayfield nudged it implicit the left-field partition for a two-run homer and a 4-1 Los Angeles’ lead. The shot came disconnected Mayfield’s bat astatine conscionable 90 mph but helium got conscionable capable of it and parked it successful the close place.
“I was a small frustrated. I conscionable missed that pitch,” Marquez said. “I wanted it down-and-away. … I was feeling a small tired. That past inning I was a small spot rushed and my limb was late.”
Ohtani, who leads the majors with 35 location runs, helped enactment the L.A. up 2-0 successful the first. Ohtani had an RBI single, stole a basal and besides scored a run. He became conscionable the 4th pitcher successful the past 30 years to person a hit, a run, and an RBI successful the aforesaid inning.
Nunez, astatine least, tin archer his grandkids that helium deed a homer disconnected “Sho-Time.” Nunez entered the nighttime hitting .171 and had not launched a location tally since May 1, but got his sixth homer of the play by lifting Ohtani’s 3-2 slider conscionable implicit the right-field wall, cutting the Angels’ pb to 2-1.