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Behind three home runs, the Rockies were able to take the series opener against the Brewers. With a strong performance from the bullpen, the Brewers were unable to score any more than the four runs they got off of Marquez and the game finished 8-4.
Leading off the first inning, Charlie Blackmon did what he has done all year, hit a home run. It was a two strike pitch and he was able to get the barrel on the ball and hit it out to left field. It barely got out, but it gave the Rockies an early lead to set the game up.
German Marquez was decent, but not great on Friday as he allowed four runs over 5.2 innings. The big thing for Marquez was allowing the long ball. He only walked one and struck out six, but when he missed his location the Brewers hit the ball hard. Luckily for him, the Rockies had the long ball as well.
After taking a one run deficit into the third inning, the Rockies got some runs supplied away from the homer. Nolan Arenado hit a triple with two men on to take the lead back from the Brewers and Gerardo Parra hurt his former team with a run scoring single. The Rockies finished the inning with a 4-2 lead. They would score one more run in the fourth on an error by third baseman Travis Shaw.
Gerardo Parra added one more run in the fifth on a solo homer to deep right field and Cargo followed that up a couple batters later with a two run shot, giving him his eighth homer of the year. Cargo is still not worth very much offensively, but he does seem to be coming out of his slump which could mean a lot for the Rockies.
Marquez allowed two solo shots in the sixth before being removed with two outs in the inning. He would have liked to finish the inning, but he just didn’t have the stuff to do it. Luckily for him, the bullpen was strong and did all they needed to do over the final 3.1 innings.
Mike Dunn, Pat Neshek, Jake McGee, and Greg Holland handled the rest of the game allowing two hits and a walk, but they did not allow any runs and gave the Rockies a handy win. The Rockies now go for the series win with Chad Bettis on the mound as the hope to take the offense from Friday into Saturday.