Darrin DuFord 3:30 p.m., Dec. 26
Rockies take game and series with Padres
The Padres fought but couldn't get by the Colorado Rockies, in a close game with several missed opportunities
Wednesday afternoon, the Padres and Rockies played a good game – it was tight and hard fought, with both sides trying. Unfortunately for the Padres, the Rockies were a little bit better and downed the Friars 4-2, but they looked much better in all respects.
Padres starter Andrew Cashner was effective, though not perfect. And he caught some bad breaks along the way. In the first inning with two outs, it was a weird bloop double and then a ball that Logan Forsythe actually had in his glove that popped out when he hit the wall that got the Rockies off to a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the third inning, the Padres got even when with two outs, Chris Denorfia singled Ronny Cedeno home, and the Friars tied the score. But the Rockies again got fortunate in the bottom of the frame.
Dexter Fowler singled, and with one out, Will Venable just missed a diving catch that turned into a triple by Corey Dickerson, which scored Fowler. Troy Tulowitzki drove Fowler in, and the Rockies held on to a 3-1 lead over the Padres.
In the top of the fourth inning, Jedd Gyorko doubled and Jesus Guzman drove in Gyorko to close the gap. Cashner kept dealing outs while Jorge De La Rosa managed to escape threats from the Friars.
The biggest threat came in the top of the sixth inning when the Padres put men on first and third with none out. Logan Forsythe hit a ground ball to third base, and with Gyorko running from third, the throw went home and catcher Yorvit Torrealba got Gyorko running back to third baseand then Guzman trying to advance to third for the double play.
Rookie Gyorko in that spot was correct in running on contact, but when caught in the run down, would have been better served trying to stay closer to home plate while avoiding the tag as long as possible. While not the perfect scenario, if he had been tagged out closer to home plate the Padres would have had runners on second and third with one out.
As it was, the Padres failed to score and failed to threaten in the last three innings. The Rockies scored an insurance run when with a man on second and one out, Dickerson hit another bloop double off of reliever Dale Thayer in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Even though he took the loss, Cashner looked sharp in going seven innings giving up three runs on six hits and walking none while striking out seven. The Padres went a disappointing 2-4 on the road trip, and come back now for a long home stand to try and get better.
Thursday, the Padres open up a four-game series against the New York Mets at Petco Park. The first game will feature Tyson Ross (3-5, 2.75) for the Friars going up against Mets starter Zack Wheeler (5-2, 3.63). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM PDST and is broadcast by the usual cast, 1090 AM for radio and Fox Sports San Diego for television.