San Diego Padres Ran into an Early-Season Buzzsaw vs. Rockies
By Tim Ryder
The Colorado Rockies are an amazing ballclub. That’s not news to anyone; me, you, or the San Diego Padres.
The San Diego Padres have lost two of three this series with the Colorado Rockies with one more to go today, and then they have to play them six more times this month.
Simply hearing the name Charlie Blackmon must send chills down the Friars’ collective spines.
Unfortunately, the willies don’t stop there, with Nolan Arenado, DJ LeMahieu, Trevor Story, a fine staff of young pitchers and a strong bullpen sure to induce nightmarish scenarios for any team.
The Friars have witnessed first-hand this week, and will continue to do so six more times this month alone after the series finale this afternoon, just how talented of a team (especially offensively) this Colorado team is.
Hats off to the Padres pitching staff, all things considered
Bryan Mitchell and Tyson Ross both performing as admirably as they did against this buzz-saw of a lineup is a feat in itself. Clayton Richard had trouble early on last night, as did Mitchell and Ross, but the damage was already done.
In addition to the large hole they found themselves in after three innings, Jon Gray stifled the Friars at the plate. Cory Spangenberg and Carlos Asuaje were the only San Diego hitters to have any real success against Gray, with two hits apiece.
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Hunter Renfroe had a two-out, RBI single in the eighth inning to score Eric Hosmer after Jose Pirela came in on Hosmer’s groundout that he reached second base on after an error by the pitcher.
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Over the course of this series, the Rockies’ All-World outfielder, Charlie Blackmon, has gone 5-for-13 with two doubles, a home run, five runs scored and just one strikeout.
LeMahieu has gone 4-for-11 with a homer, four runs scored, two RBI, and no strikeouts.
Nolan Arenado hasn’t had a great series by his standards, only going 2-for-8 with two doubles, four RBI, and two runs scored while also consistently making outstanding plays at third base.
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Envious? Give it a couple of years. The San Diego Padres will be right there with the Rox as far as having a boatload of talented offensive players. As it just so happens, we have the pitching coming soon, to boot.