MILWAUKEE -- Wade Davis' curveball was sharp as he worked in the ninth inning on Friday night against the Brewers. On a 1-1 delivery to Eric Thames, he was simply trying to elevate a fastball, so that he could set up the hook once again and record the game's final
MILWAUKEE -- Wade Davis' curveball was sharp as he worked in the ninth inning on Friday night against the Brewers. On a 1-1 delivery to Eric Thames, he was simply trying to elevate a fastball, so that he could set up the hook once again and record the game's final out. Instead, Davis left it over the heart of the plate, and a rough road trip for the Rockies closer got even tougher.
Thames launched a three-run, walk-off homer off Davis to down Colorado, 5-3, on Friday night at Miller Park, giving the Rockies back-to-back walk-off losses and three for the week.
"I felt really strong," Davis said. "He was just ready for it, the fastball in. I was definitely trying to give him another 10-12 inches higher. We had thrown a couple curveballs in a row, so I was going to go back to it. I just wanted to get one up and in and go back to it, and I pulled [the fastball] down."
The homer, which sailed out to right-center field, was a continuation of Davis' recent struggles against the Brewers. Including a walk-off homer by Travis Shaw last September while Davis was with the Cubs, Davis has blown his last three save chances against Milwaukee.
On Thursday, Davis blew his fifth save of the year, as St. Louis' Jose Martinez lined a walk-off hit.
"When you've gone through stretches like this, it's tough to swallow more so for the team than for my own selfish reasons," Davis said.
It was largely the work of Rockies starting pitcher German Marquez that had the team in position to draw within two games of Milwaukee and Atlanta for a National League Wild Card spot.
Marquez's breaking balls were particularly sharp as he allowed two runs and struck out nine in seven innings of work. He was one out away from picking up his fifth consecutive victory, but still walked away owning a 2.95 ERA over his last six starts.
"I used it quite a bit because it was working for me. I had good command of that pitch -- the break, the depth -- it was pretty good."
Trevor Story and Carlos Gonzalez provided the offense for Colorado with homers in the fifth and sixth, respectively, against Milwaukee starter Junior Guerra. Gonzalez's was a two-run blast that came on a full count with two outs to break a 1-1 tie.
"It was a really good pitch, to be honest," Gonzalez said. "3-2 [count], I was trying to stay in the zone because he had a really good splitter going all night. I got the 3-2 count, I had first base open, but I also had a guy behind me who hit a home run in his last at-bat. I think that was huge for me, just mentally understanding that if he was going to give me a good pitch, it was going to be borderline."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
On the Marq-uez: For the last month, Marquez seems to have figured it out on the mound. Friday night was no different for the right-hander, but things looked a bit shaky early on.
After the first three Brewers batters of the game reached base, including a Mike Moustakas RBI single to make it 1-0, Marquez struck out Jesus Aguilar and got Shaw to fly out. Needing one more out to escape the jam with minimal damage, he fanned the scuffling Jonathan Schoop, who continued his hitless stretch since being traded to Milwaukee on Tuesday. Marquez went on to retire 15 consecutive hitters until a Christian Yelich shot led off the sixth inning.
"He was locating that fastball, changing speeds from 91 to 97 [mph] and had a good slider," Thames said. "He was locating it pretty well. He did a good job."
Story vs. Brewers pitching: When the shortstop launched Guerra's first delivery of the fifth inning off the batter's eye, it marked his fourth homer in five games against Milwaukee this season. Story ripped a hanging slider for his 21st long ball of the season to tie Charlie Blackmon for the second most on the team.
Guerra went on to get through eight innings of work, becoming the first Brewers pitcher to do so since Jimmy Nelson did so on Aug. 6, 2017.
HE SAID IT
"This happens in baseball. You hate to see it. You hate it to happen to anybody. But Wade's been such a great closer throughout his career ever since becoming a closer. He's been through this. He'll respond." -- Rockies manager Bud Black, on Davis
Blackmon will look to get the one hit needed to reach 1,000 for his career as the the Rockies take on the Brewers at 5:10 MT on Saturday at Miller Park. He has recorded all of his career hits with Colorado and would become the seventh player in franchise history to reach the milestone. Colorado sends lefty Tyler Anderson to the mound, while the Brewers counter with rookie right-hander Freddy Peralta.
Curt Hogg is a contributor to MLB.com based in Milwaukee.