David Zalubowski, AP
If there was ever a loss where you just move on and say “well played” this was one. The Rockies got down early, and had some bullpen falters along the way, but they never gave up despite allowing 15 runs to the Nationals on Tuesday.
German Marquez is now filling in for Jon Gray while he is injured and he struggled in his first start of 2017. Perhaps it was a sloppy first inning or maybe it was the delayed start that put him off his game, but whatever it was he ended up allowing eight runs in four innings with seven of those coming in the first two. The first inning saw a couple deflected balls and an error in right that allowed the Nats to score two runs and from there they took off. They would score five more in the second to take an early 7-0 lead.
But give credit to the Rockies offense, they did not count themselves out. The Rockies scored a run in all but the first and sixth inning while recording fifteen hits and twelve runs of their own. It is not often you lose a game where you score twelve runs, but sometimes things happen.
Jordan Lyles and Scott Oberg also had rough outings allowing two and five runs respectively. The Nats just had their offense rolling and Trea Turner even managed the cycle, the first of his career and the second the Rockies have given up this year. He recorded seven RBIs and along with Daniel Murphy who had five, those two players recorded a majority of Washington’s runs.
The Rockies had big offense days from LeMahieu and Blackmon who both recorded three hits and Tony Wolters as well who recorded two hits and scored two runs. Gonzalez, Parra, and Reynolds all had home runs in the game, it was just not enough to make up for the pitching woes in this one.
This was a character loss as it shows the Rockies fight. They will now try and right the ship with a good performance from Chatwood, who will look to not only improve on Marquez’s rough outing, but also on his own home woes. He faces Tanner Roark of whom the Rockies have only had a collective 20 plate appearances against.