It’s all such a blur, the man who assembled these Houston Rockets couldn’t remember exactly what sent him out of Oracle Arena on Tuesday night for some air.
“I’m not doing very well right now,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said.
“He gave us everything you can have against these guys,” Morey said of Paul, who opted to forgo free agency and a new multiyear contract to play out the final year of the deal alongside James Harden in Houston. “Man, he was so good.”
Marquez (3-5) allowed one run, struck out five and walked two. Wade Davis pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 17th save in 19 chances.
The key for me was my tempo and my aggressiveness, Marquez said. “I was able to stay in the moment. I was trying to be one pitch at a time and I accomplished that pretty well.”
Kemp was thrown out to end the game when he tried to scamper back to first base after taking a step toward second on an infield single. Wolters backed up the play and retrieved a throw that got away. He tossed the ball to first baseman Ian Desmond in time to get Kemp as he made a headfirst dive back to the bag.
Fortunately for us, Matt made what looked like a quick attempt to second, Rockies manager Bud Black said. “Tony realized it and flipped to Desi and Desi was on it with a nice tag.”
Roberts acknowledged Kemp did take a step toward second base and said the play was not reviewable.