Liriano’s Blast Helps Padres Beat Rockies
By Jason Evans
The Padres are doing exactly what they should be doing; giving the young players and they players they acquired at the deadline a look to see if they can be parts of the future puzzle. Rymer Liriano is one of the guys being looked at, and his big night helped lead the Padres to a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
The Pads got on the board first off Rockies’ rookie starter Tyler Matzek. Yangervis Solarte reached on an infield single after a replay challenge. Jedd Gyorko and Rene Rivera singled to make it 1-0.
The Rockies tied it in the third on singles by Matzek, DJ LeMahieu and Charlie Blackmon.
In the fourth, Chris Nelson singled and then Lirano launched, and I mean launched his first major league homer to make it 3-1.
The Rockies came right back to tie it fifth when LeMahieu hit his fourth homer of the game and Justin Morneau drove home Drew Stubbs with a double after he had walked.
Back came the Padres in the bottom half. Gyorko doubled, went to third on a groundout and scored on Yasmani Grandal‘s sac fly.
Abraham Almonte tacked on a run with his second homer of the year.
The Padres bullpen pitched three shutout innings, giving up three hits and striking out five to lock down the W.
The Padres head to St. Louis for the weekend to take on the Cardinals. Eric Stults will take on John Lackey at 5:15 PT.