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Padres Starter Eric Stults struck no one out on Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. In fact, he didn’t even get through the fifth inning, giving up five runs on eleven hits and three walks, but the Padres bats finally woke up and the Friars beat the Rockies 7-5 a day after getting routed in Denver.

The Padres put up a run in the first inning on a two-out single from Yonder Alonso to drive in Will Venable. Venable has been on a tear and went 3 for 5 Tuesday. But the Rockies came back in the bottom of the frame, starting where they had left off on Monday.

After two singles and a walk loaded the bases off of Stults, Willin Rosario singled in two runs. An out later, back to back singles plated two more runs, and the Padres were lucky to escape the inning down 4-1 and it looked like shades of Monday night.

In the top of the second inning, the Padres came back. A two-run shot by Nick Hundley, followed by a one-out single from Stults and then a Venable triple tied the game. Alexi Amarista then drove in Venable with a single, and the Padres were up by a run.

Jedd Gyorko then homered in the top of the third – his 12th of the year – to pad the Padres lead at 6-4, and Stults had settled in a little, pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the third inning with no one out. But the bottom of the fifth inning spelled the end for Stults.

Nolan Arenado opened the frame with a triple, and one out later, a sacrifice fly brought Arenado home and the Rockies were within a run. After Charlie Blackmon singled, Padres manager Buddy Black hooked Stults and sent Stauffer in the get the final out.

After that, the Rockies had nothing on the Padres relievers. In the top of the sixth, the Padres added an insurance run, with Ronnie Cedeno opening with a single, and then stealing second with Tim Stauffer striking out, and Venable came through again with a single to get Cedeno home, and that was all of the scoring.

Stauffer went 1 1/3 and Nick Vincent pitched a perfect inning. Luke Gregerson pitched 2/3 of an inning, and then Huston Street got the last out in the eighth and mowed down the Rockies in order in the ninth to get his 23rd save of the season.

No idea what Buddy might have told the boys after Monday’s game in the clubhouse, but there was a definite difference in the play on Tuesday. “It was an overall good win,” Black said postgame. “I really like the way the guys responded after the four-spot that the Rockies put up.”

The obvious observation by Buddy? “Good win after the game [Monday] night,” he said. “It starts with the pitching. And we have to continue to play good defense, which I thought we bounced back tonight and played solid. All told, good win. Good game.”


Nick Hundley is expecting. Well, not Nick (other than to get into more of a good hitting groove), but rather, Nick’s wife is on the verge of delivering the couple’s first child. He’ll fly out to be with her on a moment’s notice and the club will call up a catcher in the mean while to back up Rene Rivera when it happens. While earlier in the season the club’s emergency catcher was Jedd Gyorko (that’s what Buddy told me in April), apparently Logan Forsythe is now considered for that role, and even Alexi Amarista gets into the conversation. Amarista would be a small target, but hey, in an emergency. In fact, Amarista might be a better catcher than a center fielder.

Wednesday is an early game in the finale of the three game set before the Padres come home to entertain the New York Mets. Game time is at 12:10 PM PDST and features the Padres starting Andrew Cashner (8-6, 3.87) against Jorge De La Rosa (11-6, 3.26) of the Rockies. While you’re enjoying your lunch, you can listen to the game on 1090 AM or perhaps watch on Fox Sports San Diego.

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