The Colorado Rockies made it 5 for 5 for 2013 against the San Diego Padres Saturday night, using 14 hits and 6 bases-on-balls from San Diego pitchers to defeat the Padres 9-5 on a cool, humid night at Petco Park.
Both teams picked-up a run in the 1st, Colorado scoring on a Dexter Fowler single, stolen base by Josh Rutledge, and a Troy Tulowitzski double. San Diego countered with an Everth Cabrera triple and sacrifice fly reeled-in by Carlos Gonzalez with an over-the shoulder snag in the deep left-field corner.
The Rockies took the lead for good in the 2nd when Jesus Guzman, filling-in for the injured Chase Headley at 3rd, couldn’t handle a low-liner off the bat of Todd Helton, who came around on the 1st of 4 hits by catcher Wilin Rosario, a gigantic upper-deck home-run to left. Colorado kept the pressure on Padres starter Edinson Volquez (0-3, 11.68) in the 3rd. Gonzalez led-off with a walk and scored on a 2-out double by Helton, who followed-up his 3 for 4 Friday with a 2 for 4 Saturday. Helton came-around on Rosario’s 2nd hit, a soft single in front of center-fielder Will Venable.
Volquez would exit after 3-1/3. After Fowler grounded-out, Volquez walked Rutledge, who scored on a Gonzalez double. The Colorado left-fielder had a big night as well, going 3 for 4 and raising his average to .333. Thad Weber relieved Volquez and got Tulowitzski to fly to center, but Michael Cuddyer knocked-in Gonzalez with his 3rd homer of 2013 for an 8-2 Rockies lead. Cuddyer’s homer, of course, set the Rockies-back ‘more than twice the cost’ than would a similar home run by the ruefully exiled Seth Smith of the Oakland As.
Jhoulys Chacin (2-0, 1.96) got the win for Colorado with 5 innings of 2-run/4 hit pitching. He walked 2 and struck-out 3, throwing 83 pitches, 44 for strikes. Edgmer Escalona turned in a scoreless 6th, but surrendered homers in the 7th to the light hitting Venable and Cabrera, prompting Escalona to set Chris Denorfia sprawling with a brush-back fastball. At least he didn’t punch Denorfia in the face.
Matt Belisle pitched a shaky 8th, giving-up a single to Yonder Alonzo, walking Guzman, and allowing a double to Alexi Amarista, which plated Alonzo. Belisle regrouped to retire Jedd Gyorko, pinch-hitter Carlos Quentin, and Venable without further damage. Rex Brothers worked a 1-2-3 9th.
The teams go at it once more on Sunday, with Colorado looking to sweep the Padres for the 2nd consecutive weekend. Lefty Jorge De La Rosa (0-1, 6.10) will be seeking his 1st win since June 2011. He’ll face fellow left-hander Clayton Richard (0-1, 8.68). First pitch at Petco will occur at 2:10 pm MDT.