Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.71) pitched 7 innings before the rains came Monday night, precluding what looked like a complete game performance, as the San Diego Padres defeated the Colorado Rockies 6-1 in the opener of a 3-game set at Coors Field in Denver. The sole blemish on Kennedy’s line came in the bottom of the 4th, when Drew Stubbs drove the right-hander’s third pitch over the left field wall to tie the game at 1-1. Kennedy allowed 4 hits, walked 2, and struck-out 9 Rockies, including 5 of the final 6 he faced.
Tyler Matzek (1-3, 4.79) took the loss and pitched into the 7th for Colorado. He had allowed 3 runs and 8 hits, walked Kennedy and surrendered a single to Chris Denorfia, when he was “relieved” by Matt Belisle, the New Lopez, who promptly served-up a triple off the the right-field wall by Chase Headley that bounced and ran Charlie Blackmon practically back to the infield while Kennedy and Denorfia scampered home. Carlos Quentin plated Headley with a sacrifice fly to close-out the scoring.
The Padres took the lead in the top of the 4th on back-to-back singles by Headley and Quentin, a one out walk to Tommy Medica, and a Brooks Conrad fly ball. Stubbs tied it in the bottom of the inning, and the tie held until the 6th when Medica, Rene Rivera, and Cameron Maybin doubled to produce 2 runs and a 3-1 San Diego lead. Kennedy had his foot on the Rockies’ neck by this time, and after the rain the Padres bullpen did what the Rockies’ doesn’t, shut-down the opposing offense for a victory.
The news out of Round Rock, Texas, was decidedly more optimistic. The Colorado Springs Sky Sox defeated the Express 6-4, and rehabbing Rockies Carlos Gonzalez and Brett Anderson had encouraging outings. Gonzalez started in right-field, took 3 at-bats and smacked a 3-run homer in the 5th to lead the Sky Sox to the victory. Anderson allowed a run on 6 hits in 5-2/3, and threw 77 pitches, 49 for stikes.
Colorado blew its chance to sweep San Diego and move back into 3rd place in the National League West, and now looks to win the series with victories tonight and Wednesday. They send Frankie Morales out tonight to face Padres’ All Star Tyson Ross. Game time is again 6:40 MDT, back at the old ballpark in Lower Downtown.