MINNEAPOLIS — In the team’s crudest pitching performances of the season, Rockies starter German Marquez and closer Daniel Bard combined to knock out the Twins 1-0 here at Target Field on Friday night.
The win, which lasted just 2 hours and 17 minutes, ended the Rockies’ three-game losing streak.
It wasn’t the prettiest gem — more like a rhinestone than a diamond — but Marquez threw a bold 7 2/3 innings before giving way to Bard, who retired four Twins in a row to make his 15th save.
Marquez only allowed three hits, and only one was hit with much authority. He only knocked out two but walked five, including leadoff walks in the first, third, sixth, and eighth innings. Marquez carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning before Max led Kepler with a single. Kepler was quickly cleared on a doubles play.
Ryan Jeffers slashed the left field line with a two-out double in the fifth, but Marquez calmly pushed Gilberto Celestino into second. Marquez recorded 12 outs over groundballs.
The Rockies scraped together their only run of the game in the sixth inning against right-hander Dylan Bundy. Connor Joe drilled a one out single to the right and raced to third with Yonathan Daza’s bloop single to the middle. Joe missed in Charlie Blackmon’s groundout to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead.
Bundy limited the Rockies to four hits in his six innings, knocking out two and making two on foot. In six home starts this season he is 2-0 with a 2.10 ERA.
Colorado had a chance to open the game in game eight. Elias Diaz drew a leadoff walk and Joe rapped his second hit of the night. Jonathan Daza ended up in a doubles game – the Rockies’ third of the night – but Diaz moved up to third. Up came Charlie Blackmon, who brought a sinking liner into right field, only to see Kepler pull off a brilliant dive catch to end the inning.
https://www.greeleytribune.com/2022/06/24/german-marquez-daniel-bard-rockies-shut-out-twins/ German Marquez and Daniel Bard seal Twins 1-0 – Greeley Tribune