Rockies beat Pirates 13-2 in the series opener behind Brendan Rodgers, German Marquez – Greeley Tribune

In recent years, critics have questioned whether Brendan Rodgers can live up to the expectations that come with a No. 3 overall pick.

On Friday night at Coors Field, B-Rod put on a performance that proved he was capable of taking the team on his back. The second baseman opened the game with a bases-clearing double in the third inning and then sealed the 13-2 win over Pittsburgh with a clear homer in the seventh inning.

That 433-foot thingy to the left followed CJ Cron’s 401-foot homer to the right, giving the Rockies back-to-back for the first time this year. Add in a hit parade (17 hits) and a good start from German Marquez, and Colorado destroyed the Pirates in the series opener to go 4-1 in the final homestand before the All-Star break.

After Kris Bryant scored Colorado’s first hit with a double in the first inning, Charlie Blackmon brought him home with an RBI single as Colorado took an early lead.

The Pirates split in the third game, but it was Bryant’s web jewel in the frame that fans will remember most. The left fielder made a sweeping catch that went back and to his left, turning Josh VanMeter’s wannabe extra base hit into a sacrificial fly.

With the 1-1 draw in game three, Rodgers took matters into his own hands. With bases juiced and two outs, Rodgers sat back against Jose Quintana’s full-count switch and completed it with the right side to add three runs for the 4-1.

Pittsburgh got a runback from Marquez with Jason Delay’s RBI single in the fifth, the Colorado bats weren’t done yet. The Rockies added Elias Diaz’s RBI single in the sixth and then laid down for four runs in the seventh, highlighted by longballs from Cron and Rodgers. Colorado started two more insurance runs in the eighth race.

For Rodgers, it’s the latest offensive outburst that signals he’s on track after an anemic start to the season at Plate. And defensively, Rodgers continues to impress as one of MLB’s best second basemen by both Sabermetrics and traditional stats.

Marquez finished the game with two carries allowed in 6 2/3 innings and stayed in the game after being hit by Kevin Newman’s comeback grounder to start the seventh inning. Marquez made the play after the ball drilled him into the back of the right leg. He went down to the grass and was tended to by trainers before getting a few more outs.

The right-hander also became the Rockies’ second pitcher with 900 career strikeouts with his touch on Jake Marisnick in the fifth inning. Only southpaw Jorge De La Rosa (985) has more in Rockies history.

Right-hander Robert Stephenson and southpaw Ty Blach sealed the win for Colorado (42-49, fourth place in NL West).

https://www.greeleytribune.com/2022/07/15/rockies-beat-pirates-series-opener-brendan-rodgers/ Rockies beat Pirates 13-2 in the series opener behind Brendan Rodgers, German Marquez – Greeley Tribune

James Brien

James Brien is a 24ssports U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. James Brien joined 24ssports in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: jamesbrien@24ssports.com.

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