The Colorado Rockies set last nights’ game ablaze with 14 runs, 16 hits, a seven run 7th inning, four home runs, and a new record for starter German Marquez.
The Rockies took the lead in the west in a most dramatic fashion. The Cardinals and Dodgers did their parts by losing (#sorrynotsorry) and the Rox continued to take it up a notch and get hot at the perfect moment.
This kind of momentum in sports is an amazing force and can accomplish magical things. Three more wins and the Rockies clinch a post-season spot and four wins them the division. The trend right now is pointing to five wins with five games remaining.
German Marquez made the start for the Rox and didn’t disappoint. Marquez struck out 11 in seven innings but far more impressive was that eight of those were the first eight batters of the game. That feat ties the major league record and Marquez broke the club’s single season strikeout record with 221. Seunghwan Oh closed out the eighth with two strikeouts of his own and Bryan Shaw shut her down in the ninth.
While the pitching was absolutely tip-top, there were also 14 runs scored with a seven run seventh inning that was fire. The evening would include four home runs by Ian Desmond, David Dahl, Trevor Story, and Drew Butera. Triples were hit by Story and Raimel Tapia and doubles were hit by Nolan Arenado, Pat Valaika, and Carlos Gonzalez. 16 hits in the game makes for the best games to watch, this is what we come to baseball for.
This is turning out to be a fun, exhilarating season holding the promise of post-season play and then anything is really possible. If the Cubs recent championship Cinderella story has reminded us of anything, it’s that the same can happen for others. The Rockies have a real shot at taking this to the next level, make sure you are there to see it!