The Colorado Rockies are one of the best home teams in baseball. Chicago White Sox for the best home record. Today the glowing Rockies kicked the Redbirds on the curb and the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 in a two-out walk-off win thanks to excellent pitching and a catcher who finally found his mojo.
Germán continues to work on his magic
Germán Márquez, building on his excellent June, got off to an excellent start for his first July. With another quality start under his belt, Germán put on six full innings while giving up just two runs on five hits. The two runs came on a Harrison Bader two-run home run in the second inning. He struggled a little with control of his breaking pitches at the beginning, but he put them off for his last couple of innings of work.
Marquez hit a season high of 11 rackets and only went one as his ERA for the season drops to 3.59.
During the game, it was announced that Marquez would be the sole representative of the Rockies in the 2021 All-Star Game – the first Rockies mug in the Midsummer Classic since Ubaldo Jiménez in 2010.
The bullpen didn’t blow it
Despite expectations to the contrary, the Rockies Bullpen did it when it came down to it this afternoon.
Local left-hander Lucas GIlbreath completed a goalless seventh inning with a strikeout to start the day for the bullpen. Yency Almonte, who struggled mightily in 2021, also hit a solid inning of relief. Almonte hasn’t had an ERA under 10 since the end of April, but they pitched a goalless eighth inning and allowed only one hit.
Fireball rookie Justin Lawrence crowned things with his first big league win. He struggled with command, gave up a base hit and a walk, but ended the inning with a double play.
Díaz does it again
Elias Díaz was absolutely on fire to end June and start July. After his incredible home run to kick off the series on July 1, Díaz thought he’d quit it all over again to end the series.
In a game in which the Rockies fought offensively, the game went into the lower end of the ninth inning with a 2-2 draw. With two outs, Joshua Fuentes tied a single in the middle and advanced on a wild pitch to second base. Elias Díaz – who was 0-to-1 with a strikeout – worked the count fully out of Cardinals closer to Alex Reyes. Reyes tossed a well-placed fastball into the deep outside corner, and a reaching Díaz tossed it deep enough into left field for Fuentes to turn on the jets and hit.
The Rockies have nine league wins at the top and have gone away more times than they won on the road.
The Rockies only have two series left before the All-Star Break puts the season at halftime. They have Monday off before flying to Arizona to face the procrastination Diamond back in the desert. Big Jon Gray has the hill for the Rockies while the D-Backs haven’t announced their starter yet. The first pitch will take place at 7:10 p.m. MDT.