German Marquez’s struggles continue as Giants blast him in first inning

When your opening-day starter lasts just two-thirds of an inning and gives up eight runs on six hits with two walks in a 12-4 bludgeoning, you know things are bad.

Such is the current condition of the Rockies, and of right-hander German Marquez, who got bombed in the first inning of the first game of a doubleheader at Coors Field Tuesday. Before the inning was over, the Giants led the Rockies 10-0.

After the game, manager Bud Black went through each of the San Francisco Giants’ at-bats against Marquez, pointing out some fortunate Giants singles and some questionable defense by the Rockies. But Black also noted that Marquez’s command is not good right now — as the right-hander’s 6.21 ERA after seven starts illustrates.

“If you reconstruct it, pitch by pitch, there are some things he didn’t do well, for sure,” Black said. “For me, it was lack of command and some groundballs got through. … There are definitely some things we have to take care of as far as his command. There are too many walks.”

Marquez has issued 21 walks in 33 1/3 innings. That computes to 5.7 walks per nine innings, far higher than his career walk rate of 2.58 per nine.

Marquez said he is not hurt.

“You can look at my (velocity), it’s fine,” Marquez said. “Physically, there is nothing wrong with me.”

But Marquez said he remains a work in progress.

“We’re going to learn things, (make) those little adjustments, day-to-day,” he said. “That’s baseball. That’s really pretty much what happened. I’ve got to move on, continue to play.”

The Giants have beat up Marquez this season. In three starts, he’s 0-3 with a 13.06 ERA and 16 hits allowed in 10 1/3 innings.

Rare first. The Giants’ 10-run first was a crazy half-inning of baseball. To wit:

* It was the seventh time in Rockies history that they allowed 10 or more runs in one inning. (Last, June 21, 2017 vs. Arizona, 10 runs in the top of fourth inning).

* It was the second time the Rockies allowed 10 or more runs in the first inning, the first time doing so in the top of the first. (They allowed 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning at Dodger Stadium on April 26, 2008).

* It was San Francisco’s first time scoring at least 10 runs in one inning since scoring 10 in the bottom of the fourth inning on Sept. 7, 2008, vs. Pittsburgh.

* It was the fifth time in the Giants’ long history that they scored 10-plus runs in the first inning. They had not done that since June 29, 1967, at St. Louis. And they did most of that against Hall of Famer Bob Gibson. The Giants scored 11 in that game, nine of them coming off Gibson in two-thirds of an inning. Gibson gave up seven runs and walked two.

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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