Rex Brothers had suffered Brandon Crawford’s walk-off homer on Sunday night, and he was right back out there in a one-run contest in San Diego in the 8th inning on Monday. He walked Xavier Nady. He walked Seth Smith. Jedd Gyorko flied to center. Chase Headley lined to center. Yonder Alonzo walked.
Bases loaded. 2 out. Yasmani Grandal hitting. 2 balls, one strike. And Brothers drills catcher Wilin Rosario in the right foot with a wild fastball. Nady scores. Smith scores. Game over.
Huston Street retired the side in the 9th inning for his 4th save, and the San Diego Padres defeated the Colorado Rockies 5-4 Monday evening at Petco Park in San Diego. Brothers (1-2, 3.18) took the loss. Dale Thayer (2-0, 1.50) snared the victory with a 1-2-3 8th.
Colorado had led the contest 4-0 going into the 5th. They snuck together a run in the 3rd on consecutive bad throws by Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera and starting pitcher Eric Stults. They missed-out on a chance to break the game open in the 4th. Justin Morneau, Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu hit back-to-back-to-back singles, Morneau scoring, but Rockies’ starter Jordan Lyles failed to get a bunt down, and hot-hitting Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez popped-up to short. In the top of the 5th Troy Tulowitzki singled leading-off, then Rosario took Stults deep to left-center for a 2 run homer.
But San Diego roared back. Alonzo singled, then Lyles got Grandal to fly-out and struck-out Will Venable. 2-out disaster struck as pinch-hitter Tommy Medica doubled to score Alonzo, Cabrera doubled to score Medica, and Alexi Amarista drove-in Cabrera with a triple that sent Michael Cuddyer crashing into the right-field wall, banging-up his right elbow and leaving the game. Cuddyer is “day-to-day.”
Lyles got Smith, and left with a one-run lead after 5. Colorado held-off the Padres in the 6th and 7th. Tommy Kahnle walked Gyorko but got Headley to ground into a double play. Matt Belisle worked around a one-out Venable triple in the 7th on a nice run-down at the plate between Tulowitzki, Rosario and Arenado. But Brothers threw it all away.
The Rockies, who lead the world in finger and hand injuries, announced that starting pitcher Brett Anderson had broken a finger in the 4th-inning at-bat Saturday that ended his night. He is on the Disabled List, out for 6 weeks minimum. Outfielder Corey Dickerson rejoined the team, which seems to be averaging a roster move every other day.
The second game of a 4-game set is tonight, 8:10 MDT at Petco Park. Juan Nicasio (1-0, 3.75) goes for the Rockies against San Diego’s Robbie Erlin (1-0, 1.35).