Dirty Rockies, underperforming German Marquez, battered Phillies

Vaudeville comedian W. C. Fields once said, “Philadelphia, a wonderful city, spent a week one night there.”

Not to mention the City of Brotherly Love, Rocky Balboa, or cheesesteaks, for that matter, but the Rockies might be connected.

Their long, painful Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park began with two ugly second-inning errors, including another poor-quality start by right-hander Herman Marquez, and ended in a Phillies 10-3 cruising victory.

Philadelphia won the first two games of four games.

The Rockies’ first two runs came from a Charlie Blackmon hit that hit two outs, a solo homer to the right of starting Zack Eflin in the sixth and a solo throw by Andrew Bellatti in the eighth. Blackmon now has four home runs, three of which are scheduled for the current trip.

Eflin handcuffed Colorado, allowing only two hits in his six frames. There were six hits in total in Colorado.

Marquez, who fell to 0-1 with an ERA of 5.57, was gone after just 3 2/3 innings, the Phillies tagging him for seven runs (four earned) on seven hits. He only crossed out one.

Matt Slocum, Associated Press

Herman Marquez of the Colorado Rockies reacts during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in Philadelphia.

The right-hander continues to struggle with his fastball. Five of the Phillies’ seven hits came with a Marquez fastball, and of the 28 hits he threw in four starts, 20 came with a fastball.

Unfortunately for Marquez, the Rockies’ sloppy defense put him in an early hole.

In the second inning, third baseman Ryan McMahon threw wildly to second base, destroying a double play and opening the door to a Phillies three-run inning. McMahon, who made just seven errors all last season — five at third base and two at second — has made three errors in his last two games.

Marquez’s frantic serve and subsequent mistake by catcher Dom Nunez tossing the ball back into the plate allowed Alex Bohm and Didi Gregorius to score without a hit to give Philadelphia a 3–0 lead.

Marquez’s night ended with the Phillies’ fourth run. They landed four hits in the half, including Odubel Herrera’s RBI double, Jean Segura’s RBI single, and Ry Hoskins’ scoring double.