Opening a six-game homestand against two American League West teams, the Colorado Rockies were looking for something positive to start off the month at home. So far, so good in the month of June.
Germán Márquez threw seven strong innings, the bullpen was overpowering late, and Ryan McMahon raced home from third on a wild pitch in the 11th inning to give the Rockies a 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers.
Here are 3 thoughts from the Colorado Rockies’ 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers.
Yonathan Daza dominating in Denver
Batting second on Tuesday, Daza continued to make an impact at Coors Field. With a 3-for-5 night, the 27-year-old outfielder is now hitting .373 (25-for-67) when he steps into the batter’s box at 20th and Blake.
Coming into Tuesday, Daza was hitting .355 in home games, the sixth-highest home average in MLB (minimum 60 plate appearances).
Tuesday was Daza’s fourth three-hit outing of the season, with three of those coming at Coors Field. It was also his third straight game with a hit and second with multiple hits after snapping an 0-for-14 skid.
Márquez messes with Texas … again
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Tuesday was the third career start for Márquez against the Rangers and he continues to impress when he takes the mound against Texas.
The right-hander has allowed four earned runs in 18.2 innings pitched in those outings against Texas, logging a 1.98 ERA. That includes Tuesday’s 88-pitch outing where Márquez struck out seven (including three of the final four batters he faced) and allowed just two hits (both singles).
In his last three overall outings, Márquez has surrendered just two earned runs and nine hits in 20 innings pitched.
A strong finish
Daniel Bard, Tyler Kinley, and Mychal Givens combined to not allow a hit in the game’s final three innings, setting the stage for McMahon to score the winning run in the 11th.
Bard struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth, continuing an impressive stretch where he has given up just four hits and struck out 14 batters in 8.1 innings over the last seven games, posting a 0.84 WHIP in the process.
Noah Yingling will have more on Colorado’s recent bullpen success in an article later today here on RoxPile.com.