Padres Game Recap 9/10/15: Rockies 4, Padres 3

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On a day that was the hottest day in Petco Park history – isn’t it September? – the Rockies were the ones who heated up and came from behind to beat the Padres 4-3 on four solo home runs. Tyson Ross pitched seven solid innings for the Padres but Joaquin Benoit allowed the decisive home run in the 8th for the loss while Justin Miller of the Rockies picked up a win in relief.

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Nolan Arenado

is quietly having quite the season for the Rockies. In just his third season in the majors, he has hit 38 home runs this season in addition to his dazzling defense, like this play earlier this season:

Arenado connected for a home run, along with 37 home run hitter

Carlos Gonzalez

, Carlos Dickerson who has slumped this year after a terrific 2014, and the decisive blow, a home run by

Daniel Descalso

in the 8th inning off of Tyson Ross.

For Ross, the humid air in Petco seemed to really affect how the ball carried off the bat. He came into the game only having allowed 5 home runs all year, but Thursday he allowed 3. To his credit, as reported by Beth Maiman and Jay Paris Ross took full blame:

"“They hit balls that were up in the zone and over the plate. That tends to happen regardless of the weather.”"

Offensively, Matt Kemp continued his very strong second half with another home run and is now up to 21 on the season. With five more home runs, it would be the most since the 39 he hit in 2011.

Kevin Quackenbush pitched a 1-2-3 ninth with two strike outs to round things out. Is he trying out for the closer/set-up role pending Benoit leaving via free agency and perhaps Craig Kimbrel being traded by Preller? Only time will tell.

For now, it was a disappointing split in a series they could have easily taken 3 of 4, and the Padres remain 7 games under .500 with even that dream shrinking by the day. Remember last year’s team won 77 games, so they still need 11 wins just to beat last year’s squad despite MUCH higher expectations.

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