The bottom half of the line-up came through in a big way as the Rockies beat the Padres 7-4 to take the series. The win was the first for Nicasio since the line-drive that broke his neck last July. He pitched extremely well, going six and 1/3 while giving up seven hits, four runs and striking out five. He also didn’t walk anybody, in contrast to his last start where he was handing out free passes like Halloween candy.
Nicasio left in the seventh, with one on and one out, and Esmil Rogers took over. Rogers had another nice outing, with only one hiccup coming with bases loaded and a two strike count. Rogers delivered a nasty curve-ball, that was swung on and missed, but the ball got past Rosario allowing the runners to advance and Nick Hundley to score. Rogers then proceeded to get Chris Denorfia to ground out to Todd to end the inning.
The five thru eight batters in the line-up had a huge night, going 7 – 14 with five doubles and an opposite field home run, by none other than Johnny “Sparkplug” Herrera. Herrera’s two-run home run came during a four run second, after consecutive doubles by Rosario and Nelson. Herrera also hit a double in the bottom of the 8th, going 2-4.
Michael Cuddyer also had a big night, delivering a two run shot in the fifth after Richard tried to come inside one too many times. The first two inside pitches were fouled off of Cuddyer’s foot, one impacting his toe. He was later pulled from the game to have the toe drained and he said after he might lose the nail, but not a big deal to him – he just wants to play.