When a team gets swept in a three-game series as the Rockies were in St. Louis, silver linings are hard to find. But right-hander German Márquez mined one for Colorado on Sunday at Busch Stadium.
“I still don’t think Germán was as sharp as we’ve seen him,” manager Bud Black said after the 2-0 loss to the Cardinals. “But isn’t that a great sign that he went six innings against a good club and only gave up two runs? The slider was better today — much more consistent with the break and the location.”
Marquez was charged with only one earned run and he gave up just six hits while walking three, but two of the walks were intentional. It was a vast improvement from his last outing when the Giants scored eight runs in two-thirds of an inning at Coors Field.
Marquez’s fastball location wasn’t as precise as he would like, but it was a step in the right direction.
“The fastball command was a little spotty for me, just from my viewpoint from the dugout,” Black said. “But he looked under control. The tempo that he and (catcher) Elias (Diaz) had was better. He didn’t seem rushed. I thought he was composed. So overall, it’s a solid outing.”
Marquez was encouraged, despite giving up a solo home run to Nolan Arenado in the second inning.
“I left the bad outings (behind),” Márquez said. “I just went out and pitched my game. That was a much better game, and I hope that I keep throwing some good games.”
Wainwright loves Colorado. Coors Field or Busch Stadium, it doesn’t matter, Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright dominates the Rockies. He’s 11-1 and a 1.41 ERA against them in his career.
“I’ve got fairly good numbers in Coors, too,” said Wainwright, who’s 4-0 with a 2.21 ERA in six games (five starts) there. “I love going to Denver. It’s one of my favorite places. I love Coors Field. Coors Stadium? Coors Stadium. Field?
“I love Coors Field even though I don’t know the name of it. I love to go there and fish and play golf, but I love to go there and pitch too. It doesn’t make any sense. But I’ve had great success there. I just feel good on that mound. I think it’s another one of those things where people don’t expect you to go in there and pitch well so it kind of chaps my hide a little bit.”
Injury updates. It took some time for Black to go through the Rockies’ injured list Sunday, but there was some good news.
Left-hander Kyle Freeland (left shoulder strain) and second baseman Brendan Rodgers (right hamstring strain) will join the team’s extended spring program in Scottsdale, Ariz. and begin playing games there. Freeland is scheduled to pitch four innings on either Tuesday or Wednesday.
Right-handed reliever Yency Almonte, as expected, came off the 10-day injured list on Sunday and his bruised right hand is fine, Black said.
Still unsettled is the status of starting first baseman C.J. Cron. 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 if Cron will need to go on the IL.
Padres RHP Dinelson Lamet (0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Rockies RHP Antonio Senzatela (1-3, 5.67)
6:40 p.m. Monday, Coors Field
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM
Senzatela missed his last scheduled start because of a stint on the injured list with a groin strain. He’s 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. In his last outing, Senzatela gave up three runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings at Arizona. He’s pitched well against the Padres, going 7-2 with a 3.08 ERA in 15 games (nine starts). Lamet returned to the mound on Tuesday, pitching two scoreless innings against the Pirates at Petco Park. The hard-throwing right-hander was activated off the 10-day injured list where he spent two weeks because of right forearm tightness. Lefty Ryan Weathers could piggyback on top of another short start by Lamet. It’s also possible the Padres could call up a pitcher for Monday’s start.
Trending: Catcher Dom Nunez’s five home runs and 18 RBIs are the most among National League rookies. Plus, his 18 RBIs were tied for the most among all NL catchers entering Sunday’s play.
At issue: The Rockies have lost 13 games by two or fewer runs.
- Tuesday: Padres RHP Yu Darvish (3-1, 2.27) at 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
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