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German Marquez pitches four solid innings in rehab appearance, Spokane Indians beat Eugene 7-0

German Marquez pitches four solid innings in rehab appearance, Spokane Indians beat Eugene 7-0

German Marquez pitches four solid innings in rehab appearance, Spokane Indians beat Eugene 7-0

That’s 1,086 miles from Avista Stadium to Coors Field in Denver — and three levels of professional baseball from High-A to the major leagues.

One player who has already successfully made the trip is Colorado Rockies starting pitcher German Márquez, who was in town Saturday to make a rehab appearance with the Spokane Indians in his recovery from ligament reconstruction surgery elbow last May.

And although he was ejected well before the final out, Marquez helped the home team go 2-0 in the second half of the Northwest League, pitching four innings as the Spokane Indians beat the Eugene Emeralds 7-0.

Márquez, a 29-year-old right-hander, was named to the 2021 NL All-Star team and owns a 65-56 career record in eight big league seasons with the Rockies. In a start for Low-A Fresno last week, he went 2 1/2 innings and allowed four earned runs on six hits and no walks with five strikeouts. He gave up two home runs and threw 52 pitches that night, 36 for strikes.

He improved on that effort Saturday, allowing a hit and two walks with three strikeouts — including the final two at-bats.

“I felt good,” Marquez said. “It was fun. There was no pain, which is what we want. I did my bidding and had fun.”

Marquez threw 50 pitches, 28 for strikes.

“The speed was good. My fastball had some life and my breaking ball was nice.”

Even though temperatures were in the 60s earlier in the week when he arrived in Spokane, the game-time temperature at Avista Stadium was 88 degrees, which Marquez appreciated.

“It was beautiful weather,” he said. “When I was in Arizona (earlier this month), it was hot. Here, the weather was beautiful to set up.”

This is the first time Marquez has gone through an injury rehab in his big league career. His journey through the minors the past two weeks reminded him of when he came up through the minors. He enjoyed being in the Spokane clubhouse this week.

“I’ve never been in this situation before,” he said. “We were in the minor leagues and when we saw the guys from the big leagues come to the minor leagues, we all got excited. Everyone here was good guys and I liked that.”

Even though the Spokane experience was positive for the eight-year major leaguer, he wants to return to Denver.

“There are always ups and downs with surgery,” Marquez said. “But we have to be positive. Like a month ago I had a small setback. But it was nothing big and the good thing is that I feel good now and hope to continue.”

Marquez walked Turner Hill in the leadoff hitter, and a wild pitch allowed Hill to move up 90 feet. But three straight innings allowed Marquez to escape scoreless.

His strikeout in a 1-2-3 second inning came on a breaking ball, then he gave up a walk and a couple of hard-hit liners in a scoreless third.

With one down in the bottom half, GJ Hill hit a line drive to the center fielder that glanced off Turner Hill’s glove and went to the wall. GJ Hill raced around the bases and beat the relay throw home for an inside-the-park home run and a 1-0 lead.

Dyan Jorge walked and Kyle Karros singled up the middle to put runners on the corners. Juan Guerrero popped one that deflected off the glove of the pitcher and the shortstop that went as an RBI single. Karros attempted to score on a flyout to deep left-center field, but was thrown out at home by Rodolfo Nolasco.

Marquez gave up a line drive off the base of the wall in right for a Matt Higgins single to lead off the fourth. He came back to get a fly and a pair of strikeouts to end his outing.

Robby Martin Jr made it 3-0 in the fourth with his team-leading sixth home run of the season, a no-brainer down the right field line. Karros hit a two-run shot (5) and Guerrero added a solo homer (4), both in the seventh.

Blake Adams (5-2) accompanied Marquez in the start for his first relief appearance of the season after 10 starts. Adams pitched five shutout innings and allowed five hits and one walk with six strikeouts.