Jordan Lyles hinted that it will be a long night for the Rockies when he issued six walks, a HBP, and a WP in just 3.1 innings. Due to the fact that he was trying to find the zone, he gave up a 2-run double in the first inning on ball belt high and arms extended. Same problem in the second inning when he served a fastball belt high arms extended for a two-run homer. In the third inning Lyles served as a batting practice pitcher to give up two more runs. And it was 6-1 just like that after three innings (Tulo solo HR). Then it was up to the bullpen to keep the Padres at six and Chris Martin grooved a FB middle of the plate to pinch hitter Carlos Quentin to give the Pads more breathing room 8-5. All told the pitchers issued nine walks. one HBP, three wild pitches, ten hits, and two home runs.
The Rox hitters had no problem generating some traffic off Robbie Erlin, but they killed multiple rallies by grounding into five double plays in the first six innings. Then they faced Huston Street who had a so so night but folded up the tents by assisting Street swinging at every pitch that were out of the K-zone. Street actually threw more true balls than strikes.
The only good break they had tonight was that the Dodgers and the Giants both lost so they remain in second place three games back. Tomorrow the Padres will pitch using the bullpen by committee. The starter is expected to throw 50-55 pitches maximum. In addition the Rockies will lengthen their lineup thunder when Baby Bull returns. Tuesday Michael Cuddyer is expected to be activated just in time for the San Francisco series.