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The San Francisco Giants are German Marquez’s kryptonite. How else do you explain the Giants’ ongoing domination of the Rockies’ best right-hander?
Thursday night, San Francisco scored six runs off Marquez in the fourth inning en route to a 7-0 victory at Oracle Park. Marquez’s final line: seven runs allowed on seven hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
In four starts against the Giants this season, Marquez is 0-4 with a 13.82 ERA.
Then again, considering the impotence of Colorado’s road offense this season, even if Marquez had pitched a solid game, the Rockies likely would have lost. In the first three games of their six-game road trip, the Rockies have scored a total of one run and collected 14 hits.
It should be noted that the Rockies have been without leadoff hitter Raimel Tapia and second baseman Brendan Rodgers, who’s been their hottest hitter. Still, there can be no overlooking the fact that the Rockies have now been shut out 15 times this season — all on the road — extending an unwanted franchise record.
The last time a team was shut out 15 or more times on the road was in 1978 when the Atlanta Braves were blanked on the road 18 times and the Chicago White Sox 15 times.
Colorado’s road record slipped to 13-43, putting them on pace to finish 19-62 away from Coors Field.
Giants right-hander Logan Webb dominated Colorado, pitching six scoreless innings, allowing three hits, striking out eight and walking two. C.J. Cron had a lonely single in the second. In the sixth, Connor Joe and Ryan McMahon hit back-to-back, two-out singles, but Webb struck out Trevor Story to end the mini-threat.
Marquez, a first-time all-star, entered the game pitching like an ace. Over his last 14 starts, he had a 2.36 ERA, with 93 strikeouts and just 22 walks, while holding opponents to a .183 batting average.
He started off Thursday’s game relatively strong, striking out six over his first 3 1/3 innings. But then the Giants went to work: Brandon Crawford and Mike Yastremski singled and Curt Casali ripped an RBI double. Marquez intentionally walked Alex Dickerson to get to Webb, but Webb whistled a two-run single to center.
Then came the back-breaker: LaMonte Wade Jr.’s three-run homer to center on Marquez’s 1-0 fastball.
Oddly enough, one of the finest games of Marquez’s career came on April 14, 2019, at San Francisco, when he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and finished with the first one-hit, complete-game shutout in franchise history.
Then again, later that same season, on July 15 at Coors Field, the Giants torched Marquez for 11 runs on 11 hits in 2 2/3 innings en route to a 19-2 win.