When a team in a three-game series like the Rockies is swept up in St. Louis, silver linings are hard to find. Right-hander German Márquez dismantled one for Colorado at Busch Stadium on Sunday.
“I still don’t think Germán was as hot as we saw him,” said manager Bud Black after their 2-0 defeat by the Cardinals. “But isn’t that a good sign that he has played six innings against a good club and given up only two runs? The slider was better today – much more consistent with the break and location. “
Marquez was charged with only one well-deserved run and he gave up only six hits while walking three, but two of the walks were deliberate. It was a huge improvement over his last appearance when the Giants scored eight runs in two-thirds of an inning at Coors Field.
Marquez’s fastball position wasn’t as accurate as he’d like it to be, but it was a step in the right direction.
“The fastball command was a little blotchy for me, just from my perspective from the dugout,” said Black. “But he looked under control. The pace he and (catcher) Elias (Diaz) had was better. He didn’t seem rushed. I thought it was composed. So overall, it’s a solid outing. “
Marquez was encouraged despite abandoning a solo home run at Nolan Arenado in the second inning.
“I’ve left the bad trips (behind),” said Marquez. “I just went out and played my game. That was a much better game and I hope to keep playing good games. “
Wainwright loves Colorado. Coors Field or Busch Stadium, it doesn’t matter, Cardinal right-handed Adam Wainwright dominates the Rockies. He is 11-1 and a 1.41 ERA against them in his career.
“I have pretty good numbers in Coors too,” said Wainwright, who is 4-0 in six games (five starts) with 2.21 ERA. “I like going to Denver. It’s one of my favorite places. I love Coors Field. Coors Stadium? Coors Stadium. Field?
“I love Coors Field, although I don’t know the name. I love going there and fishing and playing golf, but I love going there and throwing too. It makes no sense. But I had great success there. I just feel good on this hill. I think it’s another one of those things that people don’t expect you to go in there and serve well, so it breaks my skin a little bit. “
Injury updates. It took Black some time to go through the Rockies Injured List on Sunday, but there was some good news.
Left-handed Kyle Freeland (left shoulder stress) and second baseman Brendan Rodgers (right achilles tendon stress) will participate in and start playing the team’s expanded spring program in Scottsdale, Arizona. Freeland is expected to pitch four innings on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Right-handed Yency Almonte came off the 10-day injured list as expected on Sunday and his injured right hand is fine, Black said.
The status of the start of the first base player CJ Cron is still unclear. His tight lower back felt better Sunday morning, but he still missed the entire St. Louis series. Black said the team will likely decide on Monday whether Cron needs to go to the IL.
Parents RHP Dinelson Lamet (0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Rockies RHP Antonio Senzatela (1-3, 5.67)
Monday, 6:40 p.m., Coors Field
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: KOA 850 AM / 94.1 FM
Senzatela missed his last scheduled start due to a stint on the injured list with a groin strain. He is healthy now and will try to get back on track. The Rockies are 1-5 in his six starts and he has a 1,551 whip. On his last assignment, Senzatela gave up three runs with nine hits in 4 2/3 innings in Arizona. He did well against the Padres and won 7-2 in 15 games (nine starts) with a 3.08 ERA. Lamet returned to the hill on Tuesday and threw two goalless innings against the pirates at Petco Park. The hard-throwing right-handed man was removed from the 10-day list of injured people, where he spent two weeks due to tightness in his right forearm. Lefty Ryan Weathers could piggyback on another short start from Lamet. It is also possible for the Padres to call a pitcher for the start on Monday.
Trend: Catcher Dom Nunez’s five home runs and 18 RBIs are among the newcomers to the National League. In addition, his 18 RBIs were the most common NL catcher who came into play on Sunday.
Controversial: The Rockies have lost 13 games by two or fewer runs.
- Tuesday: Padres RHP Yu Darvish (3-1, 2.27) in the Rockies RHP Jon Gray (4-2, 3.12), 6.40 p.m., ATTRM
- Wednesday: Padres LHP Blake Snell (1-0, 4.15) at Rockies LHP Austin Gomber (2-4, 6.35), 1:10 p.m., ATTRM