DENVER – The Colorado Rockies, apparently, were not especially thrilled with being asked incessantly after Tuesday’s night’s frustrating late loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks about their then nine-game home losing streak against their division rivals.
Unleashing those frustrations in a fury of firepower, the home team scored 19 runs on 19 hits on Wednesday night, completely dismantling the Diamondbacks from beginning to end in what had to feel pretty cathartic for the home club.
It was the eighth time in team history that the Rockies have scored 19 or more runs. The last time was September 25, 2011. They fell just one run short of their franchise record of 20 runs in a game, which they’ve accomplished three times.
German Marquez did more than enough with a quality start, quietly working quick innings in between offensive outbursts.
It began, after Paul Goldschmidt briefly put the Diamondbacks ahead—yes Arizona held a lead in this game—with a solo homer in the first, by the Rockies responding with five of their own.
Jumping all over Shelby Miller who has struggled in his career at Coors and against the Rockies in general, DJ LeMahieu led off with a walk before Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado hit back-to-back singles to tie the game. Carlos Gonzalez then hit into a force out, beating the relay on a double-play attempt, scoring a second run.
Trevor Story struck out for the second out but Gerardo Parra drew a walk to keep the pressure on. That set the stage for a big home run from Ian Desmond that really began the opening of the floodgates. It was his 18th home run of the season.