The Colorado Rockies looked to be on their way to their seventh win of the season until the bottom of the eighth inning rolled around. Walt Weiss put in Rex Brothers; a day removed from giving off a walk-off home run to Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. Brothers would start off the inning with a lead-off walk to pinch-hitter Xavier Nady. The next batter would be former Rockie Seth Smith who would also get walked. Brothers would then get the next two batters to fly out. Yonder Alonso would work another walk loading the bases for Yasmani Grandal. During his at-bat, Brothers would throw a wild-pitch that Wilin Rosario would try to backhand, going all the way to the backstop as the Padres took the 5-4 lead. The lead would stay as Huston Street came into the ninth, closing it out for the Padres victory.
The Rockies would strike first in the third inning as Troy Tulowitzki would get credited with an infield single as Padres pitcher Eric Stults slipped while making his throw to first. His errant throw would allow Charlie Blackmon to score and Tulowitzki to advance to second base. Moving ahead to the top of the fourth inning, after back-to-back singles from Justin Morneau and Nolan Arenado, DJ LeMahieu would come up big with an RBI single to left field, plating Morneau for the 2-0 lead.
Colorado would keep adding on in the fifth inning. Troy Tulowitzki would lead-off the inning with a single to left-center. The very next batter would be Wilin Rosario who tee’d off of a pitch over the left field wall for a two-run home run, putting the Rockies up 4-0. The Padres would start to gain ground in the bottom half of the inning however. After a single from Yonder Alonso, Tommy Medica would double down the left field line to plate Alonso. Everth Cabrera would follow that up with a double, trimming the lead to two. The very next batter, Alexi Amarista would triple to right field to score Cabrera as the Padres trailed by one.
On Amarista’s triple, Rockies right fielder Michael Cuddyer would leap for the ball but hit the auxiliary score board, grabbing his right arm. He would be diagnosed with a right-elbow contusion after the game and will be day-to-day.
As noted above, the Padres would take advantage of Rex Brothers in the eighth inning after he walked three batters. Rex would throw a wild-pitch allowing two runners to score, giving the Padres the 5-4 lead which would end up being the final score.
Jordan Lyles pitched well up until the fifth where some hits just stayed fair. His final line would be five innings pitched, six hits, three runs, three earned runs, two walks, and three strikeouts.
Notable Rockies Hitters:
- Charlie Blackmon: 2-for-5, 2B, R.
- Troy Tulowitzki: 2-for-5, 1 R.
- Wilin Rosario: 1-for-4, 2-R HR.
- Nolan Arenado: 2-for-4.
The Rockies (6-8) return back to action tomorrow night in-game two of a four-game set. Juan Nicasio will take the hill for Colorado going up against San Diego’s Robbie Erlin. First-pitch is scheduled for 10:10 PM ET, 8:10 PM MT.