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Marquez Pitches 8 Scoreless, Rockies Shutout Pirates 5-0

Pirates Fall To 24-21, Send Montana DuRapau To The Mound To Start Game 2 Wednesday Night

May 21, 2019 - 11:23 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The Pittsburgh Pirates started a 6-game homestand Tuesday night at PNC Park against the Colorado Rockies after a 7-4 West Coast road trip and it did not get started the way they would have wanted.

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez pitched 8 scoreless innings as he struck out seven and only walked one and gave up 3 hits.  Marquez kept the Pirates batters off balance as the most batters to come to the plate against him in a given inning was five in the 5th.

"He's really good, first of all, I don't know if you followed him for a year or two," said Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle. "The fastball's real, the 4-seamer he can run it upper 90's, he can 2-seam it down 94, 95, the breaking balls both of them play, it's a slider and then a curveball that he'll throw, he's got a changeup and a cutter. He's got 5 pitches and he probably used 4 of them in some type of sequence tonight, he's sharp and he's really tough on right handed hitters, our left handers had better looks. Hit a couple of balls hard for outs, but we weren't able to put anything together, string anything together against him."

Pirates starting pitcher Chris Archer ran into some bad luck early on in the game when the Pirates did not execute a rundown as Cervelli's throw went off of Murphy's helmet that allowed him to score in the 2nd and Trevor Story hit one over the left field wall that hit off of Bryan Reynolds' glove for a home run and put Colorado up 2-0 after 3 innings.

Archer ran into some trouble in the 4th as he walked Ian Desmond and Tony Wolters and Charlie Blackmon brought them both home without a two out triple to extend the Rockies lead.

"Giving up hits, giving up the homer, you know that's one thing, but throwing 8 straight balls is something that you can't do in the big leagues, team's are going to take advantage," said Pirates SP Chris Archer. "If I could of made a couple pitches, some key pitches, the outlook of the game might of been a little different, but looking at the bright side it's a step in the right direction."

Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds was the lone bright spot in the lineup Tuesday night as he reached base 3 times on a double and two walks, but other than that the bats were silent against Marquez and the Rockies.

BUCS ON THE MEND

Outfielder Gregory Polanco was in the original starting lineup Tuesday night, but was removed prior to game time with what the team called finger discomfort after jamming his left hand on Sunday in San Diego. During the game, Catcher Francisco Cervelli was removed in the 6th inning as a precaution due to an upper chest contusion.

Prior to the game, Outfielder Corey Dickerson continues to be in the team's throwing program and was starting to throw to bases this afternoon prior to the game. No update on Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall.

LOOKING AHEAD TO TOMORROW

The Pirates will send Montana Duraupau to the mound against Jon Gray and the Colorado Rockies at 7:05 pm at PNC Park.

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