Elehuris Montero made a statement and German Marquez looked like a vintage Marquez.
But all of that was for nothing. Because, after all, it’s the Rockies of 2022.
The Rockies blew a late three-point lead and lost 6-5 to the Diamondbacks on Friday night at Chase Field.
In the eighth inning, D-Backs rookie shortstop Geraldo Perdomo threw a two-run single against prep man Alex Colome. Jake McCarthy picked and Seth Beer doubled Colome to set the table for Perdomo.
The Rockies have fallen to 4-12 since the All-Star break and are 17-35 from Coors Field.
Colorado’s seemingly comfortable lead evaporated in the seventh with southpaw Alex Colome on the mound.
Gilbreath has become one of manager Bud Black’s most trusted relievers, for good reason. Since May 30, he had allowed just one run three times in his last 27 appearances. It was good for a 1.33 ERA, the lowest among left-handed pitchers during that span.
But Gilbreath was just bad Friday night. He walked twice and gave Josh Rojas a two-run brace as Arizona cut the lead to 5-4. When Gilbreath walked Alex Thomas, Black gave him the hook. Of the 22 pitches Gilbreath threw, 17 were out of the strike zone.
Right-hander Robert Stephenson came in to knock out Ketel Marte and allowed Christian Walker to take the top spot, preserving Colorado’s lead.
But only momentarily.
The Rockies want to see what they have in Elehuris Montero, so they play rookie infield as often as possible. They like what they see.
Montero doubled up and scored a run against veteran southpaw Madison Bumgarner in the third inning on Jose Iglesias’ brace. His two-run brace against Bumgarner in the sixth scored Yonathan Daza and Connor Joe to give the Rockies a 5-2 lead.
Marquez’s night started on shaky ground. He needed 34 pitches to pass a first inning that included an early walk to Rojas, a denial that moved Rojas to second and an RBI brace from Ketel Marte.
Marquez also served a first homer to Daulton Varsho in the fourth, but overall it was a serious and effective start. He pitched six innings, allowing two runs on four hits, with three walks and three strikeouts. Early in the game, he fired two fastballs which were clocked at 100 mph.
There’s no doubt it’s been a disappointing season for Marquez, but he’s been kicking off well recently. He’s 2-2 with a 3.13 ERA in his last five starts, limiting opponents to a .220 average with three homers in those five games.