With10 games to go and eight needed victories to proceed into post-season, the Colorado Rockies start strong and topple the Diamondbacks
The first win on the 10 game road to October and post-season play was made official last night with the 6-2 victory over the Diamondbacks. The Colorado offensive explosion happened in the eighth inning making for an uncomfortable albeit exciting end to the game.
German Marquez started for the Rox and did what he does in a spectacular fashion. With 11 K’s he held the Diamondbacks to the only two runs would score that evening. Both happened in the first inning and would only be answered one at a time in the fifth and sixth innings for the Rockies. Marquez also walked out of that game with his 13th win and 200th K for the season.
Seventh inning and the score is tied at 2. A big eighth inning for the Rockies being ignited by Gerardo Parra, pinch hitting and that my friends is how you say, “all she wrote”. Zack Greinke was no slouch last night with 6 strikeouts of his own, he pitched 7.1 innings and held the Rox to 2.
The eighth inning could have gone differently for the Rockies if a replay review had gone a different direction. With two on and only one out, DJ LeMahieu grounds out to Ziegler at shortstop who tosses it to Nick Ahmed covering second. Charlie Blackmon slid into second with his hands in the air. The slide was deemed legal by the umpires in the game because Blackmon’s foot went straight to the base and did not try to impede Ahmed. Ziegler disagreed in a post-game interview but personally I tend to think the officials know what to look for here.
The next installment of the series will be tonight Saturday, September 22, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona’s Chase Field at 8:10 P.M. EDT.