One of those weekends for the Rockies in San Diego. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Colorado Rockies Series Recap
The Padres entered Friday’s series against the Rockies in a funk. Friday they broke out in a big way. The Rockies entered the series just over .500 and fell below it for the first time all season. They might have some trouble getting back there unless their pitching staff can step up. Don’t we say this every year?
The Padres started things off quietly enough with a run in the bottom of the first and held scoreless for the next two innings. Then in the fourth they picked up 4 runs in part to three errors by the Rockies including the great Troy Tulowitzki. Ian Kennedy pitched six strong innings for his first win of the season and the Padres uncorked for 8 runs in the 8th to seal the deal with a 14-3 win. Top offensive performers for the Padres were Justin Upton, Derek Norris and Yonder Alonso with three hits each, and Yangervis Solarte had 4 RBI.
Saturday saw Brandon Morrow deliver yet another strong start to improve to 2-0 on the young season allowing 2 ER in 6 IP which actually raised his ERA to 2.73. Brandon Maurer and Kimbrel pitched 3 innings of hitless relief to close out the 4-2 victory for the Padres. Justin Upton drove in 2 along with Kemp and Wil Myers who are all fighting for the team RBI lead. Yes, the leadoff hitter Wil Myers.
The series finale was played Sunday afternoon on a typical beautiful day in San Diego. The game turned into a back-and-forth affair as Charlie Blackmon and Justin Upton traded home runs in the first inning. Luckily the Padres had Matt Kemp on base and so were up 2-1. Starter James Shields righted the ship for two innings before a Nolan Arenado home run in the 4th and a Michael McKenry double. Once again though the Padres struck back in the bottom half giving the 34,000+ attendees at Petco Park something to cheer for! This time Derek Norris homered in Justin Upton and the decisive blow was actually a Jedd Gyorko pinch-hit homer in the sixth inning. Craig Kimbrel allowed another home run in the ninth to Blackmon before settling down for his 8th save in 8 chances. That doesn’t mean though he isn’t struggling. Final score was Padres 8, Rockies 6.
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