German Marquez was lights out on Wednesday night for the Colorado Rockies. The pitcher, who has been on of their most valuable players all season long, stepped onto the mound knowing his team trailed behind the Los Angeles Dodgers by a half game and that it was very important to win. And his performance left nothing to be desired. The 23 year-old would pitch like their was no pressure on him at all to strike eight batters in a row before giving up a walk and then striking out the ninth hitter. He’s only the second pitcher to have ever done the feat of allowing no hits and striking out the first nine batters since 1961. And that set the tone for the night they’d have. With that kind of dominant force on the mound, it wouldn’t have taken many runs. But the Rockies went ahead and scored them anyway. 14 of them, in fact, against the previously respectable Philadelphia Phillies for their sixth win in a row. It puts them atop the NL West now after the Dodgers lost 7-2 to the Diamondbacks. The playoff picture should be more clear, but it’s anything but at the moment!
Another starting pitcher to have a great night on the mound, much to no one’s surprise, was Jacob deGrom. The New York Mets man has been nearly unhittable all season long, and he proved to be just that on Wednesday night against NL East champion Atlanta. The Braves only got two hits off of the ace in eight innings in what could have been viewed as a playoff warm-up of sorts. With the dazzling show he put on, deGrom was able to bring his ERA down to 1.70 for the season, helping him make the case for the Cy Young award. The only drawback will be his record, which is 10-9. But he can’t help that his team have given him little to no run support all season long. He’s had a quality start every start this season, which speaks volumes. There’s no doubt in my mind he’s the best pitcher in the NL, but will it equate to the Cy Young? We’ll have to wait and see.
The Chicago Cubs lived through a moment over a decade ago that haunted the team and city. Steve Bartman’s decision to grab a ball in front of Moises Alou in the playoffs was awful and cost them a chance to win the World Series. Well, something similar happened again at Wrigley on Wednesday night, only this time, the Cubs would go on to win despite not getting that crucial out at the time. Just when it was going poorly for them as Anthony Rizzo had a catch taken away from him, they fought back to walk off via Albert Almora, Jr. in the tenth inning. They’ve now clinched a postseason berth, much to the relief of all their fans.