Marquez's masterful performance lifts Rockies past Cubs
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[May 11, 2017]
DENVER -- While losing his first
two starts this season at Coors Field, Colorado Rockies rookie
German Marquez had an 11.70 ERA. His third start there Wednesday was
so dazzling it summoned memories of Coors Field history.
The 22-year-old right-hander held the Chicago Cubs hitless until the
seventh inning and drove in his first two runs with his first major
league hit in the Rockies' 3-0 victory. He pitched a career-high
eight innings and allowed three hits with one walk and a career-high
tying eight strikeouts.
"For a young man against the world champions to do this, I mean,
pretty special game," Rockies manager Bud Black said.
The win in the rubber game gave the Rockies their eighth series win
this season and fourth in a row. At 22-13, the Rockies are off to
the best start through 35 games in franchise history. The Cubs
(17-17) have lost five of their past six games.
"This is kind of our worst baseball, right," Cubs third baseman Kris
Bryant said. "We're not hitting the panic button at all. We know the
talent we have here. We've had a pretty tough schedule, some long
games and rain delays. It can affect you."
Hideo Nomo of the Los Angeles Dodgers threw the only no-hitter in
Coors Field history on Sept. 17, 1996. Marquez (1-2) said he thought
about the possibility of throwing a no-hitter in the fifth. He got a
big lift in the sixth when right fielder Carlos Gonzalez robbed Cubs
pitcher Kyle Hendricks of a hit.
Running toward the foul line, Gonzalez laid out for Hendricks' liner
and caught the ball. An appreciative Marquez looked toward Gonzalez
and thanked him by lifting his cap.
Marquez held the Cubs hitless until Bryant led off the seventh with
a double, lining a 2-0 changeup toward the left-field corner.
Marquez had retired 16 straight batters since issuing a two-out walk
to Kyle Schwarber in the first.
But Marquis retired Schwarber on a comebacker, struck out Jeimer
Candelario and retired Miguel Montero on a grounder to second
baseman DJ LeMahieu, who was positioned in short right field.
"He's got pretty good fastball command overall," said Rockies
catcher Ryan Hanigan, who caught Marquez earlier in the season at
Triple-A Albuquerque. "It's real explosive down in the zone, and he
can throw the ball up. He can run it a little bit.
"But today he used all four (pitches). He had a great curveball, a
slider that we used just to keep hitters off the curveball and the
heater, not really for much more. Threw four or five of them. And a
pretty good changeup he used today in big situations."
Hendricks (2-2), who gave up an unearned run in the
fourth on Ian Desmond's sacrifice fly after an error by shortstop
Javier Baez, gave up two singles in the seventh. Carl Edwards Jr.
got a groundout that moved the runners into scoring position, and
Black decided to let Marquez bat against Edwards, who entered the
game with a 0.64 ERA and had allowed four hits in 14 innings.
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Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez (48) delivers a pitch during
the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Coors Field. Mandatory
Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
"Our guy off the bench obviously has a better chance to get a hit
against Edwards than Marquez," Black said. "But I thought Marquez
had a good chance to put up a zero in the eighth inning the way he
was throwing the baseball."
Hitless in 12 career at-bats when he stepped in against Edwards,
fell into an 0-2 hole before he pulled a 94 mph fastball into left
field to make the score 3-0.
"I didn't look at that pitch, just swung," Marquez said.
Marquez gave up consecutive one-out singles in the eighth to Tommy
La Stella and pinch-hitter Ben Zobrist. The runners moved into
scoring position when pinch-hitter Willson Contreras grounded to
second but were stranded when Marquez induced Jon Jay to ground to
"It was a great mix today," said Hanigan, who caught both of Homer
Bailey's no-hitters with Cincinnati. "He's pitching. He wasn't just
throwing, trying to overpower guys. He was keeping them off balance,
making pitches, and it was fun."
Closer Greg Holland retired the side in order in the ninth and
picked up his 14th save in as many chances.
NOTES: Cubs SS Addison Russell was scratched from the lineup due to
right shoulder soreness. ... Rockies C Tony Wolters (concussion)
took batting practice in the indoor cage for the first time since he
suffered a concussion May 2. ... Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo was rested,
as was Rockies SS Trevor Story. ... Cubs RHP Dylan Floro was
optioned to Triple-A Iowa, two days after he was brought up from
that club. 3B-1B Jeimer Candelario, who was brought up to be the
26th man on the roster for the second game of Tuesday's
doubleheader, was kept on the roster and was in the lineup for the
second straight game batting cleanup. ... Rockies RHP Jeff Hoffman,
the 26th man on the roster for Tuesday's second game, was removed
from the roster.
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