Former Bowling Green Hot Rods pitcher German Marquez earned his first major-league win in his first MLB start Wednesday.
Marquez previously made three relief appearances for the Rockies, making his MLB debut two weeks ago, but Colorado called on him to start its Wednesday matinee against the St. Louis Cardinals. The right-hander pitched well, giving up only one run on four hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out three and hit two batters. The Rockies won the game 11-1.
Marquez pitched for the Hot Rods in 2014, going 5-7 with a 3.21 ERA, 95 strikeouts and 29 walks in 98 innings (22 games/18 starts). He was named the Eastern League pitcher of the year this season after going 9-6 with a 2.85 ERA, 126 strikeouts and 33 walks in 135.2 innings (21 starts) for the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats.
Renfroe draws IBB in 1st PA
Former Fort Wayne TinCaps outfielder Hunter Renfroe did something unusual in his MLB debut Wednesday. Pinch-hitting for Travis Jankowski (another former TinCaps outfielder) in the bottom of the 7th inning, Renfroe was intentionally walked by Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Edwin Escobar.
Renfroe is the first player to draw an intentional walk in his first MLB plate appearance since Toronto Blue Jays infielder Luis Lopez did in 2001.
Renfroe played in 18 games with the 2013 TinCaps, batting .212 with 2 HR and 7 RBI. He was named the Pacific Coast League’s Most Valuable Player for the 2016 season, during which he batted .306 with 30 HR and 105 RBI in 133 games with the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas.
Rain prevents Ruiz’s 1st PA
Former Quad Cities River Bandits third baseman Rio Ruiz had an even stranger MLB debut for the Atlanta Braves. He was announced as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 7th inning, but never got to bat because a pitching change delayed the game just long enough for a downpour to arrive and halt play. One hour and 50 minutes later, the game was called as a rain-shortened, 6-2 win for the Braves over the Washington Nationals.
Ruiz hasn’t gotten another chance at an at-bat yet as of Thursday.
Ruiz batted .260 with 12 HR, 63 RBI and 12 SB in 114 games with the 2013 River Bandits. He played for the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves this year, batting .271 with 10 HR and 62 RBI in 133 games.