Rockies pitcher German Marquez: “Really good communication” with catcher Elias Diaz helped spur 1-hitter vs. Pittsburgh

According to Baseball-Reference.com, Marquez came out of Tuesday night with a career 2.88 ERA -- more than a run better than his career 4.21 ERA heading into the contest — whenever Diaz is his battery mate.

Rockies pitcher German Marquez: “Really good communication” with catcher Elias Diaz helped spur 1-hitter vs. Pittsburgh

What do you say to a guy who’s three outs away from a no-hitter?

“Really, not much,” Rockies catcher Elias Diaz said Tuesday night after shepherding Colorado starter German Marquez to an 8-0 win over Pittsburgh, a victory in which the righty allowed only one hit — a single by Ka’ai Tom to lead off the top of the ninth.

“I sometimes just say, ‘Hey, let’s execute these pitches and just keep going.’”

Diaz had it going on all fronts Tuesday night at Coors Field, launching a solo home run in the fifth, a 451-foot shot that stretched the Rockies’ lead to 3-0. It was the catcher’s second homer in as many games and his third over his last eight appearances.

“(With) Elias, there’s so much bat strength, I think what you saw (Tuesday), the home run, the homer (Monday), the base hit to right field, the three-hit game the other night, I think it’s coming,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “The aggressive swings are not as prevalent and he’s catching more and he’s catching great.”

Both manager and pitcher said that Diaz and Marquez were in the zone from the start, although the Rockies right-hander told MLB Network after the game that his pregame bullpen had been all kinds of wild.

“We have really good communication,” Marquez said. “And he knows me pretty well from last year, and he’s pretty smart. So it’s pretty good.”

At times, it’s been outstanding.

According to Baseball-Reference.com, Marquez came out of Tuesday night with a career 2.88 ERA whenever Diaz is his battery mate. His overall career ERA heading into the game was 4.21.

“It’s kind of our job as a catcher to maintain our composure and not show any (emotion) and stick with the game plan and keep going,” noted Elias, who said his family watched the game at Coors while sitting next to Marquez’s family. “Regardless of what is going on, we have to continue to pitch and maintain that composure.”