After taking the first two games of the series, the San Diego Padres lost the finale to the Colorado Rockies, 6-4. The game was OK, but there was more than just that type of action.
Well, that escalated quickly. The San Diego Padres, after coming into Denver and taking the first two games of a mid-April series made it feel like late-September this afternoon at Coors Field.
The Friars lost their starting centerfielder, Manuel Margot, to a disabled list stint this morning with “significantly bruised” ribs after taking a 95 MPH heater in the left rib cage in last nights win over the Rox.
The team called up outfielder Franchy Cordero this morning to take his place on the roster and plugged the 23-year-old right into the lineup, starting in centerfield and leading off the game at the plate.
Before we get to the game, let’s go ahead and get this out of the way. After four Padres hitters were hit by Rockies’ pitchers this season coming into today’s game, then Hunter Renfroe was hit on the wrist with a pitch in his first at-bat today.
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Back to the game. Immediately following the brawl, the Rockies put five on the board in the third inning on a string of hits and one fielding error by Cordero.
In the top of the sixth, the Padres answered back with Franchy Cordero’s first home run of the year, a towering shot to center field.
Eric Hosmer scored later in the inning on a Renfroe groundout, cutting the Rockies’ lead to 5-2. After Colorado tacked on another run in the bottom half of the sixth, Hosmer hit his first home run as a Padre to cut the deficit to two runs in the eighth.
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Padres’ pitching recap
Today’s starter, Luis Perdomo, was ejected after the brouhaha (Don Orsillo & Mark Grant, if you’re reading this, I believe you guys missed that one when listing off synonyms from the thesaurus).
Because of his send-off, the Padres relied on their relievers to get them through the game.
Perdomo went two innings before hitting Arenado in the third. Before that, he allowed five hits, hit a batter, and struck out two without giving up a run. That’s actually really impressive.
All five Colorado runs in the third inning were charged to Buddy Baumann, making his first appearance of the season. Shake it off, Buddy. Plenty more opportunities to come.
Even though the sweep was unattainable, between the fight on the field and the fighting spirit in the Padres dugout, I’d say this was a pretty darn productive trip to Denver.