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When someone like Giancarlo Stanton gets hot, it is almost best to just walk him every time. On Saturday, the Rockies learned again just how far he can hit baseballs. In the fourth inning, with two men on, Stanton absolutely obliterated a ball to left field, a 463′ shot, to give the Marlins a 4-1 lead. The Rockies offense has been pretty bad on this road trip, and they didn’t do much to fight their way back into it.
If you take away the home run that Jeff Hoffman gave up to Stanton, this is a pretty good start, despite the lack of control Hoff had. There were a lot of three ball counts early and Hoffman struggled to finish batters off, earning himself only one strikeout in the game, but he did still manage five innings.
Hoffman allowed a base runner in each of his five innings, allowing two or more in three of those innings, but he did a decent job of pitching around traffic. It was certainly not the type of game you want to see from a young guy, but it is nice to see nonetheless that he kept cool for most of it.
Where the Rockies failed, again, it came from RISP. They went 2-11 in the game and they had lots of chances. The Rockies had nine hits and earned seven free passes via six walks and a HBP, but failed in almost every opportunity. Gerardo Parra struggled in this one, as did Trevor Story. The opportunities were there, the Rockies even threatened in the ninth, but the clutch hit just never came.
In the seventh inning, Nolan Arenado got ejected after being called out on a check swing. While we can’t say his ejection was the reason the Rockies lost, losing one of your best players on a quick ejection hurts and is never something you want. The Rockies failed to start an rally around that and finished this one with a losing score of 4-3.
German Marquez will act as the stopper during Sunday’s game as he tries to keep the Rockies from getting swept. His game plan to Stanton will be a key and how the Rockies offense performs will also be something to keep an eye on. Look for Ryan McMahon to make his first career start and hopefully give the Rockies a boost.