Hunter Renfroe’s second career three-homer game helped the San Diego Padres snap a five-game skid in a slugfest with the Colorado Rockies.
The San Diego Padres were in desperate need of a win Friday, so they pulled out all the stops for their latest come from behind rally against the Colorado Rockies—including a huge night for one Hunter Renfroe.
San Diego found themselves down by six runs entering the top of the ninth at Coors Field, but the Padres were able to tie the game at 11-11 and two innings later, won it 16-12.
The MVP of the evening was clearly Hunter Renfroe, who had the third three-homer evening of his career. He went 4-for-7 with four runs scored and five RBI, with an OPS (on-base plus slugging) of .931.
That was second only to Fernando Tatis Jr., who hustled out another impressive game. He was 3-for-6 with two runs scored, two RBIs and a walk, and his OPS on the night was .982.
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As impressive as the run totals were, though, they did conceal some greater difficulties on both sides. San Diego and Colorado combined to leave a total of 20 runners on base.
Then, of course, there was the matter of the pitching that led to the Friars giving up 12 runs at notoriously hitter-friendly Coors Field.
Cal Quantrill had a decent start Friday; he wasn’t as sharp as before, but went the required five innings, allowing four runs (including one home run) and a walk.
But yet again, the Padres bullpen continued to give up additional runs. Miguel Diaz replaced Quantrill, and only lasted two-thirds of an inning as he was completely ineffective—giving up five runs on five hits, another walk and another home run.
Matt Wisler replaced Diaz, and added another two runs on top of that. Nine of the Rockies’ 12 runs were scored between the fifth and seventh innings. So while it’s fantastic to see the Padres have a win after a rough start to their road trip, they still have some pitching problems to work out.
However, their other recurring issue—the offense being either feast or famine—was taken care of Friday with a barrage of hits in the ninth and again in the twelfth. MLB.com has an excellent full breakdown of the two big innings from the Padres’ perspective, but perhaps Wil Myers said it best.
“That inning was so long,” Myers said, referring to the ninth, “I almost forgot how many outs there were.”
The victory snapped a five-game losing streak. With the Los Angeles Dodgers winning, San Diego did not pick up any ground on the National League West leaders, but they’re two and a half games back of Colorado and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Watch Hunter Renfroe’s three home runs again by playing the video below. San Diego meets Colorado again tonight in the third game of a four-game series, so if the Padres win out, they could be just a half-game behind the Rockies for third place in the NL West.
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