The Colorado Rockies sent three rookies to the mound in their three-game series with the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, with the best outing coming from the newest addition to the rotation: 22-year-old German Marquez.
Marquez took the mound Wednesday afternoon following a 50-minute rain delay; however, the waiting game did not get to him as he managed to dominate from start to finish en route to the Rockies 3-0 victory over the Cubs.
Marquez logged eight innings, allowing no runs on three hits while striking out eight batters. The eight innings he pitched were a career high, while his eight punchouts tied a career best.
All afternoon long Marquez kept Cubs hitters off balance with his electric changeup and other offspeed pitches mixed with his powerful fastball.
Marquez had started four games previously for the Rockies, compiling an ERA of 7.31 in that span. The fifth start was far and above Marquez’s best start of the season for the Rockies since he was called up at the tail end of April.
Marquez will likely next start when the team travels to Minnesota to take on the Twins.
The Rockies have now won four straight series.