The Rockies’ No. 1 concern proper now could be German Marquez’s lingering droop.
Who noticed that coming?
In spite of everything, the right-hander was a first-time all-star final season. Ask supervisor Bud Black and the remainder of the Rockies and so they’ll inform you that Marquez nonetheless has electrical stuff.
However Marquez pitched poorly, once more, within the Rockies’ 10-2 loss to the Nationals Tuesday night time at chilly Coors Area. As soon as once more, his fastball command, in addition to precision together with his breaking pitches, was sorely missing.
“The underside line is that he hasn’t made sufficient good pitches together with his fastball to supply the video games that he can produce,” Black stated earlier than the sport. “The command within the strike zone shouldn’t be the place it must be.”
The Nats’ rocked Marquez for seven runs on 10 hits in 5 innings. Included within the onslaught was a three-run homer by Josh Bell within the third and a leadoff homer by Juan Soto within the fifth.
The Rockies, in the meantime, had been stymied by Washington right-hander Erick Fedde, who entered the night time with a 1-2 report and a 6.00 ERA. However he stored Colorado hitters off-balance for seven innings, limiting them to 6 hits, hanging out three and strolling two.
The Rockies nicked Fedde for a run within the third, combining a leadoff stroll by Connor Joe, a single to proper by Charlie Blackmon and an RBI groundout by Randal Grichuk.
C.J. Cron’s mile-high, solo homer within the eighth inning was his ninth, essentially the most within the Nationwide League.
The Rockies noticed their three-game successful streak screech to a halt as they had been outhit by the Nationals, 16-7.
Marquez pitched a gem in Colorado’s second sport of the season, limiting the Dodgers to at least one run on three hits over seven innings. However over his previous 4 begins he’s posted a 9.00 ERA and served up 5 dwelling runs.
The troubling drawback for the Rockies is that Marquez’s droop has now develop into a development. After final season’s All-Star Sport, Marquez went 4-5 with a 6.12 ERA in his remaining 13 begins. In his remaining 9 begins, he solely made it by six innings thrice. In 4 of these 9 begins, he lasted 4 innings or much less.
“I will be higher, little question,” Marquez stated throughout spring coaching. “I wish to be extra constant the entire season. Generally I will be up and down, up and down. I had three or 4 actually dangerous video games, however this 12 months goes to be nice.”
Left-hander Ty Blach relieved Marquez within the sixth and made his first look since April 25 at Philadelphia. A double play — one in all three turned by the Rockies — helped Blach escape bother within the sixth. However Washington lashed Blach for 3 consecutive hits in its two-run seventh to push the result in 9-1. The large hit was Yadiel Hernandez’s two-run double.
The Nationals, who common a big-league greatest 6.7 runs per sport on the street, tacked on one other run within the ninth on catcher Keibert Ruiz’s RBI single off right-hander Justin Lawrence.