Rockies’ Chi Chi Gonzalez blasted for three homers in second inning as Marlins romp


For those looking for further evidence as to why the 2021 Rockies might  lose 100 games, Thursday night’s game was Exhibit A.

The Miami Marlins, behind a dominating start from prized rookie left-hander Trevor Rogers, clobbered the Rockies, 11-4, at loanDepot Park. Rogers, 23, allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings, striking out eight.

The Rockies, meanwhile, continue to be an anemic offensive team on the road, despite their late rally on Thursday. And the club’s lack of pitching depth showed up again.

And so the Rockies, who fell to 5-24 away from Coors Field, are still looking for their first series win on the road this season. And with a 25-38 overall record, they’re on pace to finish 64-98.

Going into the game, Colorado manager Bud Black knew he needed a solid start from right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez, who’s filling a spot in the rotation for the injured Jon Gray. But Gonzalez was blasted.

The Marlins got to him for eight runs on 11 hits, including three home runs, in five innings. The runs, hits and homers were all career-high worsts for Gonzalez, whose ERA soared from 4.84 to 5.74.

Gonzalez set the Marlins down in order in the first, but they mashed three home runs in a sixth-run second inning — a two-run blast by Adam Duvall, a three-run homer by Jazz Chisholm, and a solo shot by Starling Marte, who went 4-for-5 and is hitting .360.

Miami’s Rogers gave up a single to Charlie Blackmon in the first and didn’t allow another hit until the seventh when Brendan Rodgers cranked a pinch-hit, leadoff solo homer. It was just Colorado’s 13th home run on the road.

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Shortstop Trevor Story — back in the lineup after a stint on the injured list because of sore right elbow — singled off Rogers, as did Ryan McMahon. Story scored on Yonathan Daza’s groundout to third.

The Rockies now head to Cincinnati to begin a three-game series on Friday.

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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