Tyler Matzek (6-11, 4.05) made a strategically fatal mistake in the bottom of the 1st inning of Monday’s baseball confrontation between the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres. Matzek allowed a run with 2 outs when he walked Jedd Gyorko and Rene Rivera followed with an RBI double. Matzek was not “in the know;” he had not been informed by the Rockies’ offense it had no intention of scoring, the Marine Layer being what it was. Nobody else scored. Colorado went down 1-0 in the 2 hour 46 minute contest at Petco Park in San Diego.
Eric Stults (8-17, 4.42) got the win for the Padres. Stults delivered 6-1/3 innings of junk ball. The Rockies nicked him for 7 hits, but he struck-out 5 of them. They had Raffy Ynoa at 3rd and DJ LeMahieu at 2nd in the top of the 5th with 2 out, but Josh Rutledge went down swinging. Stults threw 93 pitches and turned it over to his bullpen, and Nick Vincent, Frank Garces, Dale Thayer and Kevin Quackenbush shackled Colorado the rest of the way.
In the 7th they had LeMahieu at 3rd and and Charlie Blackmon at 1st with 2 out on a pair of singles, but Vincent got Rutledge to line to right-fielder Rymer Liriano. They had Justin Morneau, who is leading the league in hitting, at 2nd-base with nobody out on a double against Garces in the 8th, but neither Big Money Michael Cuddyer, Corey Dickerson, nor Mike McKenry could do anything to move him.
Tommy Kahnle and Brooks Brown followed Matzek to the hill for the Rockies. Kahnle worked-around an infield-single by Cory Spangenberg in the 7th, and Brown was pristine in the 8th, striking-out 2.
But you cannot win if you do not score.
Game 2 of the 3-game set goes off tonight a 8:10 at Petco. Jorge De La Rosa goes for his 15th win for Colorado against San Diego’s Robbie Erlin, who the Rockies have knocked around in 2014.