The Padres and the Rockies turned back the clock and played a typical low scoring affair with the Rockies winning 2-1. The first six innings both teams forgot to bring their bats to the game. Jorge De la Rosa had a quality start throwing up zeroes along with two hits and two bases on balls on 92 pitches. The last two innings DLR started to get into deep counts more frequently setting the stage for seventh inning drama show.
The ROOT announcers did their best to get the rally started when they pointed out that Dale Thayer, the Padres flame thrower, had yet to give up a run this year. Chris Nelson worked out a walk to lead off the seventh inning. When Yorvit Torrealba came to the plate to lay down a bunt, all reserves in the Rockies dugout got their bats out getting warmed up. Particpants in a show of power were Todd Helton, Reid Brignac, Carlos Gonzalez, Wilin Rosario, and Jon Herrera. After Torrealba laid down a perfect bunt, Walt Weiss walked up and down the dugout to see who he wants up at the plate. He remembered that San Diego accepted Helton’s senior discount request by moving the fences in 12 feet. He selected Helton who only clobbered the ball that just cleared right fielder Chris Denorfia’s mitt, giving the Rockies a lead they did not relinquish.
The bullpen, other than a big hiccup by Rafael Betancourt, shut down the Padres’ unproductive lineup. Wilton Lopez and Matt Belisle sat down the Friars in order in the 7th and 8th inning. Betancourt issued a very rare back to back walks to the first two batters of the 9th. Jose Guzman had a sacrifice bunt to move two runners up into scoring positions. Jedd Gyorko followed with a sacrifice fly to Cuddyer, but Cuddyer kept the runner on second base right there. Nick Hundley fanned to end the game, giving the Rockies a 2-1 victory.
Colorado improved their record to 8-4, 5-4 on the road and 3-0 at home. They have a ten-game home stand starting tomorrow night versus the New York Mets, a four-game series. It appears that the Rockies will miss the Mets’ hottest starter, Matt Harvey. ROOT reported that Harvey was pushed back a day to pitch on Friday. The Diamondbacks and the Braves are up next after the Mets as part of a 20 game streak with no off days.