Padres-Rockies offensive present ends in least becoming approach doable

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DENVER — In a traditionally high-scoring sequence, the end result was determined by a pinch-hitting pitcher.

On a bases-loaded stroll, no much less, off a starter who was making his first main league reduction look.

That appears applicable for such a wacky sequence.

The Padres and Rockies set a modern-era file by combining for 92 runs in a four-game sequence, with San Diego pitcher Matt Strahm drawing a pinch-hit, bases-loaded stroll within the ninth inning to rally previous Colorado 14-13 Sunday.

“A four-game sequence right here, it appears like a month,” first baseman Eric Hosmer stated. “This was a grind.”

It was simply one other wild day at Coors Discipline on this break up sequence the place the Rockies outscored the Padres 48-44 whereas the groups mixed for 131 hits. Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon grew to become the primary participant since no less than 1900 with 15 hits in a four-game sequence, in accordance with STATS. Including to the zaniness: the finale was delayed as soon as to wash up an enormous puddle in foul territory regardless of sunny skies, and once more later due to climate.

“That’s the beauty of baseball — you see stuff you’ve by no means seen earlier than,” Rockies infielder Ryan McMahon stated. “It didn’t bounce our approach.”

Trailing 13-10 within the ninth, Wil Myers had an RBI single and Greg Garcia promptly tied it with a two-out, two-run triple off nearer Wade Davis (1-2). The Rockies introduced in starter Jon Grey, who deliberately walked two batters to face Strahm after the Padres used up all their place gamers. Grey fell behind 3-1 earlier than throwing a strike. Strahm watched a 98-mph fastball narrowly miss for ball 4.

“The three-2 was down and I do know I can’t deal with that together with his velocity,” Strahm stated.

Rockies supervisor Bud Black stated he went with Grey — the starter Thursday — due to his normal potential to throw strikes. Plus, the Rockies had some relievers who weren’t obtainable given their work load.

Gerardo Reyes (3-0) earned the win by placing out three within the eighth. Kirby Yates threw an ideal ninth for his 24th save.

Hunter Renfroe homered twice for San Diego, and Fernando Tatis Jr. had three hits, together with a double and a triple.

All informed, the 4 video games took greater than 16 hours to finish.

“I can’t actually clarify a number of the issues that went on and truthfully I’m simply comfortable to get out of right here for a break up, for positive,” Garcia stated.

The Padres raced out to a 3-Zero lead earlier than an enormous puddle out of the blue fashioned alongside the precise subject line as a consequence of a difficulty with the irrigation line. The grounds crew rolled the water away because the groups waited within the dugout through the 15-minute holdup.

Matt Strahm
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Within the backside of the inning, Colorado responded with six runs. Blackmon led the way in which with two hits within the inning, together with a solo homer to steer off.

The sport was once more halted within the sixth as climate moved into the world. The delay lasted 48 minutes.

As soon as the tarp was lifted, the Rockies shortly went to work by scoring three runs to make it 13-8. Ian Desmond, Ryan McMahon and Raimel Tapia had three straight doubles to start out the body. The trio went a mixed 9 for 15 with six RBIs.

Blackmon remained pink scorching with three extra hits. He’s reached base safely in all 26 of his residence video games this season.

“Our entire lineup swung the bat good. Their lineup swung the bat good,” Blackmon stated. “It was probably the most offensive sequence I’ve ever seen.”