German Marquez gave the Colorado Rockies another quality start as the Rox rolled to a 6-2 victory over the visiting San Francisco Giants.
I had an interesting discussion on Twitter over the weekend. On my feed, I saw a comment about how the Dodgers had the inside track to the division title because the Diamondbacks had a tougher schedule for the balance of the season.
I asked the gentleman if he was aware that the Rockies held a half-game advantage over Los Angeles and that at the very least, Colorado deserved mention in the division race. It sparked a general discussion that I’ve had repeatedly over the years. Colorado plays at Coors, insert some stat they are deficient at, rinse, repeat.
It’s not that the Rockies haven’t earned indifference nationally, other than the remarkable 2007 World Series run, the franchise has had little to be proud of, from a team perspective. Rockies players have earned plenty of individual accolades but the team has been largely a failure.
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What we can do is focus on the here-and-now. I understand that history does not favor Colorado’s chances at the postseason. I understand that they have atrocious RISP numbers and that pulling games out in the 7th inning on isn’t conducive to success.
Here we are, though, on September 5th and the Rockies are in first place in the division, a half game up on the surging Dodgers, 1-1/2 up on Arizona. Baseball is a crazy game.
On Tuesday, German Marquez kept the Rockies in first with an outstanding 6-2/3 innings of work. Marquez struck out 11 in that time and allowed only two runs. The second run, a home run from Giants centerfielder Gorkys Hernandez was his final pitch of the day. Chris Rusin came on to finish out the seventh, Adam Ottavino pitched a perfect eighth and Wade Davis closed it out, despite some difficulty, in the ninth.
On the offensive side, Colorado once again relied on late heroics to pound out a win, putting 5 big runs up in the seventh to get Rusin and the Rockies the win. After Ryan McMahon’s home run tied the game at two, Charlie Blackmon singled, DJ LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado walked (Arenado intentionally) and Carlos Gonzalez cleared the bases with a triple.
With the Dodgers winning, it was imperative that Colorado beat the Giants and they did. We have yet to see what this season will bring for the Rockies but every day we get closer to the end and every day, Colorado is in the thick of the race.
It’s reasonable to assume that can carry on to the postseason, unlikely as history tells us that is.