Colorado played perhaps the most solid game of the season as a team. Xavier Nady drew the first blood with a towering home run on a full count to give San Diego a 1-0 lead. Kerosene passed a major test with flying colors after the long ball to give the Rox a quality start going six innings giving up the only run by the Padres. That was a third straight quality start by a starting pitcher which was thought improbable a few days ago.
For six innings, it looked like the Rockies will have a long somber flight home tonight. Ian Kennedy had a perfect game through four and lost it with a walk to Tulo to begin the fifth. But Kennedy kept the minimum batter faced in order when Baby Bull grounded into a double play to end the inning. NoDo ended the no-hitter bid in the sixth with a double, but he was stranded. The rally mercifully started in the seventh Corey Dickerson doubled followed by Tulo’s walk, and Justin Morneau’s RBI double. Fine China decided that he’s going to run on contact which never worked during the Jim Tracy days. Mercifully, Everth Cabrera decided to go to first for the sure out when he likely could have had Tulo at the plate. NoDo’s rollover had seeing eyes to score Morneau for the third run.
With the 3-1 lead giving Colorado new life, out came Rex Brothers. Everybody except Walt Weiss and Jim Wright had the “here we go again” feeling. The reborn Brothers threw a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts on just 12 pitches. Then Boone Logan and LaTroy Hawkins slammed the door on the Padres. Kerosene picked up his first victory of 2014 and Hawk collected his fourth save in as many opportunities.
Once again the Rockies (8-9) and the Padres (7-9) switched third and fourth places in the NL West standings. They finished the California trip with a 3-4 record. This weekend the Rockies welcome the geriatric Phillies for a three-game set. Cliff Lee will not pitch in this series. Money once again dinged himself when he busted down the line only to pull up lame. Hopefully, it is just a minor cramp.