Rox win series with shutout of Cubs

John Leyba, The Denver Post

German Marquez threw the sixth best game in Coors Field history by game score with an eight run shutout of the 2016 World Champs. Marquez carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before allowing a double to Kris Bryant, but he would not advance and Marquez would clear the inning without any harm.

Along with Marquez’s gem of a game, he also gave himself some insurance with his first career hit. In the seventh inning with two on, Marquez singled in two to add to the Rockies 1-0 lead. The Rockies wouldn’t end up needing the runs, but it added to Marquez’s already excellent outing.

The other run for the Rockies came in the bottom of the fourth with the bases loaded. Ian Desmond hit a fly ball to center field that would allow Arenado to tag up and score. That was really the only inning other than the seventh where the Rockies even threatened against Kyle Hendricks.

Hendricks got through 6.1 innings while walking two and striking out seven. It was a solid outing for Hendricks, but he was bested by Marquez and he just couldn’t get any run support.

The game gave the Rockies a series win against the struggling Cubs who are now at .500. Through the first 35 games of the year, the Rockies have their best record at 22-13. This is largely in part to their bullpen that is perhaps the best ever. Greg Holland is 14 for 14 in save opportunities. With him, Jake McGee, Adam Ottavino, and Mike Dunn, the Rockies have four pitchers who are solid at the back of the bullpen.

The Rockies will now take on the Dodgers for a four game home set in what is the biggest early series of the year. This game, if the Rockies win three of four, they could give themselves the start to a comfortable lead in first place. The Dodgers have been great lately though winning 8 of their last 10. The Dodgers are only 1.5 games back so they could take the lead in the West pretty easily with a good series.

 

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