The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field, 5-1.
The loss drops the Rockies’ record to 50-59 this season.
Additionally, the loss puts a bow on what was the worst month in club history. The Rockies’ record of 6-19 in July is the single-worst mark in a full month in franchise history.
Ahead are takeaways from the loss.
Marquez goes toe-to-toe with Ryu
Rockies’ starting pitcher German Marquez continued his recent brilliance on the mound versus the Dodgers.
Marquez was victorious in his previous two starts, combining to allow eight hits and four runs with two walks and a dozen strikeouts. Marquez posted a 2.57 earned run average while opponents hit .163 against him during that span.
Marquez was dialed in out of the gate versus the Dodgers, working two flawless innings to open up the ballgame.
The Dodgers’ first hit came in the third inning when Alex Verdugo hit a single to left field. Despite earning a hit, Verdugo was not on base for long as Marquez managed to induce a groundball that resulted in a double play.
Los Angeles was hitless through the fourth and fifth innings before Verdugo recorded another hit, this time a double to right field.
Marquez trotted off the mound in the sixth inning, brimming with confidence. Unfortunately, Marquez’ start was cut short after he was injured when throwing warmup pitches ahead of the seventh inning.
German Marquez hurts himself warming up between innings, has to be helped off the field.
— Matthew Reichbach (@fbihop) July 31, 2019
Marquez was tossing pitches prior to the start of the new inning and grasped his leg in noticeable pain after completing his throwing motion.
Marquez had to be helped off the diamond by two people and appeared to be in riveting pain.
Marquez’ injury was officially listed as a full-body cramp.
Marquez departed with a line of six innings pitched, allowing two hits while punching out 10 batters.
Davis implodes again
Closer Wade Davis has been putrid when pitching at Coors Field this season.
Davis has been sharp on the road, owning an earned run average under one, but it has been a completely different story at 20th and Blake.
Manager Bud Black called upon Davis to work the ninth inning in a scoreless game.
Wednesday’s game was the third contest in Coors Field history that was scoreless through eight full innings of play. The previous two games both came in the 2008 season.
Davis struck out Matt Beaty to begin the inning. From there, danger started to creep in.
Davis proceeded to walk Cody Bellinger which followed with a single from Corey Seager. With two runners on and one out, Davis grooved a breaking ball over the middle of the dish that Will Smith smacked over the fence in left-center field to establish a 3-0 lead for Los Angeles.
Davis’ struggles did not stop there. Still rattled, Daivs surrendered a single to Verdugo which followed with another home run — a two-run shot from Kristopher Negrón.
Ryu continues dominance
Hyun-Jin Ryu has been the best pitcher in the National League this season. Ryu entered Wednesday’s start with a record of 11-2 to pair with a league-best 1.74 ERA.
Last time Ryu faced the Rockies, Colorado’s offense teed off against him, scoring seven runs in four innings pitched.
Ryu was much better the second time around and looked like the front runner for the National League Cy Young award.
The Rockies first hit of the game didn’t come until the third inning, and Ryu did not allow a single run to score throughout his outing.
Ryu departed after seven innings, allowing just three hits while walking a batter and striking out one as well.