The Colorado Rockies, only two games back from the National League West division lead, are getting into crunch time as they enter the last third of their schedule.
After dropping three of four to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Rockies set off to Milwaukee to begin a stretch of five consecutive series against playoff contenders—albeit the Pittsburgh Pirates are borderline. To survive the next 17 games, Colorado will likely need to play some of their best baseball, and they can’t afford to keep blowing games the way they have their last two.
Wade Davis blew his second straight save in bombastic fashion, issuing a pair of free passes before surrendering a two-out walk-off home run to Eric Thames.
It was the third walk-off loss the Rockies have suffered in their last five games.
Where Junior Guerra was efficient in the top of the first, throwing only eight pitches, German Marquez was the opposite in the bottom. His first three pitches of the game were nowhere near the strike zone, and he walked the first two hitters of the game after full counts. Recently acquired Mike Moustakas made him repent for his cardinal sin, dropping a middle-middle pitch into left-center and scoring Christian Yelich to give Milwaukee a lead before tallying an out.
In 22 starts, Marquez has allowed a run in the first inning 14 times.
Marquez rebounded, retiring the next three—two via strikeout—to leave a pair on and minimize what looked to be a big opportunity for the Brewers to put up a crooked number.