As far as auditions go, German Marquez killed it Saturday night at Petco Park.
The Rockies right-hander pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out nine in Colorado’s 3-0 shutout of San Diego.
Colorado, which won just its eighth road game in 42 tries, put together one of its best road performances of the season, outhitting the Padres 8-5 and snapping a nine-game losing streak at Petco.
There is a legitimate chance that the Rockies’ right-hander will be named the starter for the National League for Tuesday night’s All-Star Game at Coors Field. NL manager Dave Roberts, of the Dodgers, will make the call, but Marquez is showing his best side at the right time. Over his last five starts, he’s 4-0 with a 0.75 ERA.
Marquez is a first-time all-star, and it would be a goosebump moment if he gets to throw the first pitch in front of the hometown fans in Denver. But there is more than sentimentality at work here.
The right-hander has been one of the best pitches in baseball over the last seven weeks. Across his last nine starts (since May 21), Marquez is 6-2 with a 1.88 ERA. He has allowed one or fewer runs in eight of his nine starts over that span.
For the Rockies, runs on the road have been scarce. They entered the game batting .197 with runners in scoring position away from Coors Field. But veteran right fielder Charlie Black delivered in the fifth with the bases loaded, pulling a one-out grounder through the right side to score Marquez (who singled) and Raimel Tapia, who had reached on a fielding error by first baseman Eric Hosmer. Tapia reached base four times on a hit, two walks and an error.
Colorado added a bonus run in the seventh on C.J. Cron’s sacrifice fly to center to score Tapia.
On Sunday, with right-hander Jon Gray on the mound, Colorado will attempt to win back-to-back road games for the first time this season. Then the Rockies are off from Monday through Thursday for the all-star break.
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