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The Rockies exploded for eleven runs against the Cardinals on Wednesday and German Marquez earned himself his first major league win. Along with that first, Jordan Patterson earned his first career hit in his first start. Overall, it was a game fueled by the Rockies young talent and a good glimpse into their future.
The Rockies got two big innings in the game and a couple of big home runs from some young guns. First, Nolan Arenado came to the plate in the second and launched his 39th home run of the year, a grand slam that came on the first pitch of the at bat. The homer extended Nolan’s RBI lead with 128 RBIs on the season.
Tom Murphy came up with the other big home run in the seventh inning. With three strikeouts in his first three at-bats, Murphy was looking to do something with runners on. The young catcher did just that with a three run homer that got over the right field wall. It was Murphy’s fifth home run this year, in a limited role, and it sets the Rockies up with a couple of young dangerous catchers for next year.
Tony Wolters is not the power threat that Murphy is, but he is a great defensive catcher and his offense is coming along nicely since the start of the second half. He is also a lefty where Murphy is a righty and the Rockies will have a lot of flexibility next year with who they want to start against certain pitchers.
German Marquez got through five solid innings to earn his first major league win. He only allowed one run, despite allowing a walk and hitting two batters, but he escaped without much damage done. He allowed only four hits and he was very solid in his first start. He will find himself fighting for a rotation spot in spring training next year and he is almost certain to earn one. The Rockies rotation will be young and will likely experience some bumps in the road, but there is quite a bit to look forward to.
The Rockies will now play spoiler, hopefully, against the Dodgers in their coming series. It is also the last series that Vin Scully will be on air and the Rockies should consider themselves lucky to be apart of this historic final series.