Jorge De La Rosa (0-1, 31.50) was allegedly “too excited” Monday night. He made his 2015 Colorado Rockies debut and lasted 2 innings. He gave-up 9 runs (7 earned) on 53 pitches (33 strikes), 9 hits, walked a batter and struck-out 3, as the Rockies lost to the San Diego Padres and Odrisamer Despaigne (2-0, 1.47) 14-3 at Coors Field in Denver. In additional uplifting and encouraging news, Colorado 3rd-baseman Nolan Arenado was scratched after tweaking his wrist during batting practice, which sounds like a “ding,” and Corey Dickerson left the game after grounding-out in the 3rd with plantar fasciitis, which sounds like trouble.
Wil Myers squared-up De La Rosa’s 2nd pitch for a single to center leading-off the game. Derek Norris followed with a double that moved Myers to 3rd, and right-fielder Matt Kemp drove them both home with a double up the middle. Justin Upton singled and Kemp advanced to 3rd. After DLR struck-out Will Middlebrooks, Jedd Gyorko doubled Kemp home, Upton to 3rd, and Yonder Alonzo followed with a single that plated both runners. After the Rockies went meekly against Despaigne in the 1st, Myers led-off for San Diego with a shower falling in the 2nd, and grounded sharply under the glove of Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Norris and Kemp followed with singles, Kemp’s driving-in Myers, then after another DLR strike-out, Middlebrooks tripled to score Norris and came home on an Alonzo sacrifice fly.
Christian Friedrich came-on for De La Rosa in the 3rd. He lasted 2-2/3, falling apart in the 5th after one was out. LaTroy Hawkins relieved the left-hander with 2-out and surrendered a run-scoring single to Kemp and a 2-run homer to Will Venable, who came-on for Upton, that should have been caught by Carlos Gonzalez (if anybody cared). Hawkins was only good for an out, and it took scoreless innings from Brooks Brown, Rafael Betancourt, Adam Ottavino, and Boone Logan to get the Rockies back to the clubhouse.
Colorado scored twice in the 4th on singles by Tulowitzki, Gonzalez, Justin Morneau, and Rafael Ynoa. They got a bonus tally in the 9th when Daniel Descalso singled with 2 outs and scored on Charlie Blackmon’s triple.
Game 2 of the 4-game set is tonight at Coors at 6:40. The Rockies will send another left-hander, Tyler Matzek, out against righty Brandon Morrow of the Padres.