Germán Márquez might want to put three innings in a time capsule and save it for his grandkids.
In the fourth inning of the Rockies’ 5-3 win over the Padres on Saturday night at Petco Park, Márquez struck out Tommy Pham, Trent Grisham and Jurickson Profar in succession, needing only 14 pitches. It was a showcase of his talent. But it was just a taste of what was coming.
In the fifth, Márquez crushed Yu Darvish’s high, hanging curveball 418 feet and over the center-field wall for the second home run of his career. Márquez came back to the dugout to a hero’s welcome.
It was the first homer by a Rockies pitcher since July 11, 2018, when Márquez hit a fifth-inning homer off Arizona position player Daniel Descalso in Colorado’s 19-2 romp at Coors Field.
“This one was a lot better,” Marquez said. “Darvish is a good pitcher, one of the best, so hitting a homer against him is amazing to me. I still can’t believe it.”
Asked what was running through his mind as he rounded the bases, he smiled and said: “Nothing. Trust me. I still can’t believe that I hit that pitch that high and that far.”
In the sixth, the Padres loaded the bases when Márquez walked Grisham, prompting Rockies manager Bud Black to visit the mound to impart some words of wisdom to Márquez. Black also said a few words to home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez. Lo and behold, Gonzalez called Profar out on a called strike three that was below the strike zone.
Black, however, said that the only thing he told Gonzalez was that he was leaving Marquez in the game. However, Padres manager Jayce Tingler was quickly ejected for his tirade against Gonzalez after Profar struck out.
As for Marquez, Black said he talked to the right-hander about pitch selection, mechanics, and “exhaling and taking a step back to make his pitches.”
Black was thrilled that Marquez responded the way he did.
“We have seen that the last couple of years,” Black said. “From a coaching perspective, from what we know about German now, and from his experience, we trust him.”
And so the Rockies improved to 4-5 on the current 10-day, West Coast road trip, thanks to Márquez, as well as an offense that has finally come alive on the road. Colorado got a solo home run from second baseman Brendan Rodgers in the third (his ninth) and a solo blast by catcher Elias Díaz in the fifth (his career-high 11th).
In their first 43 road games, the Rockies hit 25 home runs. In nine games on this road trip, they have hit 17.
Colorado added a run in the sixth on Trevor Story’s double and Connor Joe’s RBI single. Joe started in left field in place of Raimel Tapia who is out with a sprained big toe.
Darvish continues to struggle against Colorado. The right-hander was charged with all five runs. He struck out eight and only gave up five hits, but three of them were home runs. In nine career starts vs. the Rockies, Darvish is 1-4 with a 5.79 ERA.
Marquez, uncharacteristically, walked four, but he steered his way through six innings, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out seven. San Diego got to him in the third when Adam Frazier hit a one-out double and Jake Cronenworth followed with a towering two-run homer to right.
The Rockies will attempt to clinch the four-game series against the Padres on Sunday afternoon, as well as finish their road trip with a 5-5 record. For a team that’s struggled so mightily on the road this season, it would be a big step forward.
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