German Marquez stellar again at Dodger Stadium going eight-innings in Rockies' win at Chavez Ravine – The Denver Post
LOS ANGELES — There was a small moment, obscured by bigger moments on this big stage, that spoke volumes about German Marquez’s performance Saturday in front of 46,176 fans at Dodger Stadium.
After getting the Dodgers’ Max Muncy to fly out to left to end the sixth inning, Marquez pumped his fist as he walked off the mound. Sure, his no-hitter had been spoiled earlier in the inning, but the Rockies’ young right-handed knew how important it was to squelch the Dodgers’ rally at that moment.
And so the Rockies rode Marquez’s brilliant eight-inning start to a 3-1 victory over Los Angeles for their third consecutive victory. Marquez, 23, was charged with one run on just two hits. He walked no one and struck out nine, needing just 92 pitches.
How good was Marquez? How confident? In the eighth inning, he struck out Enrique Hernandez with a 99.9 mph heater up in the zone. According to Statcast, it was fastest pitch of Marquez’s career, and the fastest this year by a big-league starter in the eighth inning or later.
“I was just trying to hit the target and throw a good pitch, and I let it rip,” said Marquez, who in three career starts at Dodger Stadium is 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA.
“He was dotting,” Hernandez said. “This was the first time I’ve ever faced him, so it’s hard for me to compare, but he was hitting his spots, hitting the corners. He had every pitch working for him. Late in the game, the shadows were creeping in. As the game went on, he kept throwing harder and harder. That adds to it.”
Adam Ottavino gave up one hit but pitched a scoreless ninth to notch his second save of the season.
Manager Bud Black, who celebrated his 61st birthday