Wins are a tricky statistic. Pitchers only have about 50% or less control over wins and losses. They cover the
pitching part, but they must rely on the offense and the defense behind them to cover the rest. So it’s no surprise that a few of the Padres pitchers have had solid pitching performances and no wins to show for it. Edinson Volquez was one of those pitchers coming into last night’s game.
Volquez now has a 2.98 ERA and has just picked up his first win as the Padres dropped the Rockies 3-2. Volquez went 5 1/3 innings, allowed five hits, gave up two runs, and struck out five. The bullpen then came in and shut the Rockies down for the remaining 3 2/3 innings. Dale Thayer got the save in Huston Street‘s absence. It was his second career Major League save.
The Padres struck first in the game when they scored one run in the bottom of the first and one run in the bottom of the second. Yonder Alonso knocked in the first run of the game with an RBI single. He would later drive in the final run of the game with another RBI single in the bottom of the third. Alonso is hitting ..395 in his last 11 games and ranks third in the National League among hits by a rookie.
The Rockies got themselves on the board in the top of the third when pitcher Drew Pomeranz hit his first Major League home run. The Rockies would later score in the top of the sixth as well to make the game tight, but the combination of Joe Thatcher, Brad Brach, Luke Gregerson, and Dalel Thayer was able to shut-out the rockies the rest of the way while striking out five more batters in the game.