DENVER – The 41,988 at Coors Field on Sunday got swept up in the excitement from the first pitch to the last one that secured the 3-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
The win gave the Rockies a three-game sweep at the hands of an AL West club that had entered the weekend as the best team in baseball dating back to June 19th.
Entering Sunday’s ballgame, starter German Marquez had given up a first-inning run in eight of ten home starts and opponents were batting .363 (33-for-91) with six of his seventeen home runs allowed in the opening frame.
From the beginning, Marquez had his best stuff. It took just nine pitches for him to get through the first inning and got both Matt Chapman and Jed Lowrie to strike out looking.
Marquez threw just eleven pitches or less in four separate innings and never threw more than twenty in a single inning. He struck out eight Athletics hitters and walked only one en route to his ninth victory of the year.
The 23-year-old from Venezuela limited his mistakes to just two pitches and with the bases empty.
In the fourth, Matt Chapman hit a solo home run 410 feet and Khris Davis added a one in the seventh, his 28th home run of the season, for the thirteenth and fourteenth homers surrendered by Marquez this season, respectively.