The Padres lost a difficult series in Colorado, but there were three players who saw their stock rise and fall in the three-game set.
Having won their first two series on the abbreviated season, the Padres had their first true test on the road against a Rockies team that was playing above expectations. And while the matchup didn’t live up to the record-breaking series last June, in which the two teams combined to score 92 runs, it was still an important three-game set for both clubs.
Friday night’s game was indicative of just how this series was going to play out. With the Padres down to their final out, Fernando Tatis Jr. sent a game-tying solo blast over the left-field fence, and Tommy Pham‘s three-run blast moments later secured the victory. However, that’s all the Padres would leave Colorado with, as the Rockies took Game 2 behind a strong start from Kyle Freeland.
Former Padres legend Matt Kemp absolutely killed his former squad, hitting a 457-foot home run into the right-center field stands. The Padres could only muster one run, a solo blast off the bat of Trent Grisham. Speaking of Kemp, he struck again on Sunday, sending a two-run homer down the left-field line and clearing the wall.
Staying with the Rockies, Charlie Blackmon has absolutely killed the Padres throughout his career, and that was no different in the three-game set. The Rockies outfielder went 7-for-13 with seven RBI in the series, including a devastating two-run double in the finale.
As for the Padres, they will head back home to open up a three-game series against the rival Dodgers, but let’s review players who saw their stock both rise and fall against the Rockies.