Rockies Fall To Padres 3-2, Lose Series
The Colorado Rockies (36-58) could only produce one hit after the second inning yesterday, falling to the San Diego Padres (41-56) 3-2 at Petco Park. Colorado continues on a pace for its first 100-loss season in its 20-year history. The Rockies open a three-game series against the Arizona Diamonbacks (47-48) tonight at 7:40 MT at Chase Field (TV: Root Sports).
The Rockies haven’t won a series within the National League West since June 1-3 against the Dodgers. At least the losses to the Padres were different. Friday night, the Rockies had decent offensive production — which doesn’t happen often at Petco — yet lost, 9-5. On Sunday, DJ LeMahieu, who doubled in the second and final Colorado run, singled in the seventh inning to keep the final seven innings from being hitless.
Rockies starter Christian Friedrich spent much of Sunday afternoon behind in the count, but held the Padres to three runs and three walks, and left a 2-2 game after five innings. Adam Ottavino took the loss after giving up an Everth Cabrera single to open the seventh and seeing him score the winner on a Will Venable single off Matt Reynolds; however, Ottavino threw a clean sixth, proving he could bounce back after two innings Saturday night.
“Deep counts definitely hurt me,” Friedrich said. “I got a lot of 2-1 outs and 3-1 outs, which usually don’t happen, and that saved me in a lot of ways.”
Four relievers, including Mike Ekstrom and Rex Brothers, kept it a one-run game as the Rockies waited for an offense that never showed.
Rockies leadoff man Eric Young Jr. tripled and scored on Marco Scutaro’s single in the first, and Josh Rutledge singled in the second and scored on LeMahieu’s double. Those were the only runs off Padres starter Ross Ohlendorf, who gave up five hits and struck out six against two walks in 6 2/3 innings.
Official: Sunday’s Box Score.
Jonathan Sanchez, who was acquired in a trade with the Royals for Jeremy Guthrie on Friday, will make his first start for the Rockies in tonight’s series opener against the D-backs at Chase Field. The season series between Arizona and Colorado is tied at 4-4. The Rockies dropped two of three at Chase Field in early June.
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