No Pain Killer Needed Tonight

In the first inning, it looked like the Rockies bullpen are going to get blown up.  San Diego started off their half of the inning with a double, single, single, and another single.  Two runs in and two on with no outs.  Pitching coach Jim Wright had a mound conference.  Whatever he said worked as Juan Nicasio stranded the two runners with a strikeout and was aided by a line drive double play to CF while the runners were on the move.  In the second  inning, Tulo showed Nicasio that he need not worry about the defense behind him.  Tulo had back to back highlight reel plays to end the second inning.  Nicasio then got on the horse and shut down the Padres through six innings on 99 total pitches including 1/3 of them in the first inning.

The Rockies scratched out their first run on a two-out 150 feet dribbler down the RF line by DJ LeMahieu to score Tulo.  Tulo scored the second run on a NoDo sac fly after he led off the fourth inning with a double.  The go-ahead run was driven in by Baby Bull on an infield hit with the bases loaded.  The score stood up for a 3-2 victory by Colorado.

The bullpen answered the call to close out the last three innings with a trio of firemen recommended by RWO.  Chad Bettis got two outs, but not before he put two on.  Boone Logan came in for the final out but not before he walked the first batter to load the bases.  Logan remained in the game to face Mr. Late Night in the eighth inning.  Logan made him look silly on three sliders for a strikeout.  Zero finished the eighth inning with two quick outs.  Hawk closed out for his third save ending the game on a double play grounder.

It was their fifth straight one-run game and their second victory during that span, snapping a two-game losing streak.  The Rockies(7-8) and the Padres(6-8) traded places in the NL West standings.  Arizona continued their slide deeper into the basement with a 4-13 record.  DeaLeR will try to get rid of his meltdowns and give the team another quality start.

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