While You Were Going In Through The Out Door (Game 25) COL vs SD

Sometimes, things can get a little hazy after you’ve attended a fireworks show.  Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The San Diego Padres (13-12) returned to the land of winning records, besting Colorado (11-12) 4-2 in front of 28,058 people who decided not to spend $90 to watch some boxing match.  Brandon Morrow (2-0) pitched six strong innings, backed by two shutout innings from Brandon Maurer and one from Craig Kimbrel.  Kimbrel earned his seventh save of the year.

Jorge De La Rosa (0-2) pitched better than he did against the Padres in Denver, but still took the loss after allowing 3 ER in 5 innings.

San Diego goes for the sweep tomorrow when James Shields (2-0, 2.90, 3.27 FIP) matches up with Kyle Kendrick (1-3, 8.36, 6.99 FIP).

The game started in usual fashion.  Charlie Blackmon lead off with a double, ensuring there would be no no-hitter for the 7,353rd time.  Blackmon advanced to third on Troy Tulowitzki‘s line out to Wil Myers, but was stranded.  The home half started well when Myers drew his fifth walk of the year.  Derek Norris singled him to second, and Matt Kemp singled him home.  1-0, seven pitches in.  Looked like another rout.

De La Rosa righted the ship, getting out of the first and not allowing another hit until the fourth.  Meanwhile the Rockies turned a one-out walk to Carlos Gonzalez into the tying run in the second, and Blackmon hit a booming HR to dead center in the third to give Colorado the lead.  The game started to resemble Wednesday’s loss to Houston.  I should also note that Clint Barmes was intentionally walked with an infield shift still in place in the fourth inning.  If you’re going to walk him intentionally why shift?  Just in case he tries to hit one?  Odd.

The Padres shook off their malaise and rallied.  Myers walked to lead off the fifth.  Norris doubled into the LF corner.  After Kemp struck out, Justin Upton ground a single up the middle, scoring Myers and Norris; Upton was out trying to take second on the throw home.

Morrow kept Colorado in check.  In the bottom of the inning, Barmes blooped a single to right with two out.   Will Venable worked a four-pitch walk.  Myers then singled Barmes home to give the Padres a much needed insurance run.

Or was it needed?  Better to have it and not need it than to not have it and need it.  Only two Colorado hitters made it to second after Blackmon’s HR.  Maurer set down all 6 he faced, aided by a sliding Upton catch on Justin Morneau‘s sinking line drive to end the eighth.  Kimbrel hit 99 on the gun, striking out two in the ninth.

Oh yeah – then there was that fireworks show to the sound of Led Zeppelin.

Recaps

Rockies lose at San Diego to fall below .500 for the first time in 2015 – Patrick Saunders (Denver Post)

Padres edge the Rockies – Kirk Kenney (SDUT)

Quote

“It was far from electric for me today, but I got through it,” said Morrow, who won his second straight start. “They were hitting the ball hard all over the place. We just happened to be playing some good defense.” (Kenney)

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