After getting bombed on Friday night, the Padres fought back and beat the Rockies convincingly in two straight games to take the series. Game two showcased Yasmani Grandal’s first big league start, after the demotion of Nick Hundley, and Alexi Amarista and his sudden power surge.
But the Padres relied on the arm of 35 year-old Kip Wells on Sunday and were not disappointed as he and two relievers combined for just the third shutout I team history at Coors Field. The last, a combined effort in Anthony Bass’s first win last year and the first by Andy Ashby in 1999.
The Padres will finish this 10-game road trip in Arizona over the next three days before hosting the Reds for four games before the All-Star break.
Below is a game-by-game recap of the Padres series in Denver.
Friday, June 29th
Rockies 10, Padres 2
WP Jeff Francis (1-1) 6IP 3H 0R 0ER 1BB 1K 0HR
LP Jason Marquis (3-8) 6IP 6H 6R 5ER 1BB 6K 0HR
Jeff Francis pitched six shutout innings against the Padres and got plenty of support in Colorado’s 10-2 win over San Diego.
Marco Scutaro doubled in the first and then scored on a groundout after advancing on a wild pitch to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Two innings later he singled to score Willin Rosario with two out for a 2-0 lead.
Dexter Fowler walked and then scored on a one-out triple to right field by Carlos Gonzalez in the sixth. The relay throw by Logan Forsythe sailed into the stands, awarding Gonzalez home plate. Michael Cuddyer then doubled followed by a Tyler Colvin triple to give the Rockies a 5-0 lead. After a fly out to right by Jordan Pacheco, Chris Nelson reached on an Everth Cabrera by Jordan Cabrera, scoring Colvin to put Colorado up six.
Carlos Quentin led off the next inning with a solo homer to left field. His seventh homer of the season cut the lead down to five. Alexi Amarista led off the eighth with a double and then scored on a line drive to left by Will Venable, cutting the lead to 6-2.
But Alex Hinshaw gave up a pair of two-run homers in the eighth to Cuddyer and Rosario to push the lead to 10-2, Colorado.
Saturday, June 28th
Padres 8, Rockies 4
WP Edinson Volquez (5-7) 6IP 3H 2R 1ER 6BB 8K 1HR
LP Jeremy Guthrie (3-7) 3H 3R 3ER 0BB 0K 2HR
Yasmani Grandal got the opportunity he was waiting for when he was called up and inserted into the lineup for the struggling Nick Hundley. Grandal did not disappoint when he homered twice for his first two Major League hits.
His first homer came in the top of the fourth when he launched one well past the wall in centerfield off Christian Friedrich to give the Padres a 1-0 lead.
Willin Rosario homered to lead off the fifth for Colorado. His second homer in as many games tied the game, 1-1. After a walk by Eric Young, Dexter Fowler bunted to advance the runner. Grandal fielded the ball and threw it way over the head of first-baseman Yonder Alonso, allowing Young to score and give the Rockies a 2-1 lead.
But Grandal came made up for his error by hitting an opposite field two-run homer, this time left-handed, to retake the lead. It was the first time in major-league history a player homered from each side of the plate for his first two career hits.
Alexi Amarista homered to lead off the seventh to give the Padres a 4-2 lead. An inning later after a Cam Maybin RBI single, Amarista launched another home run. The three run jack to right-center was the first of its kind by San Diego this season, pushing the lead to 8-2.
The Rockies added a couple runs with RBI hits by Jordan Pacheco and Chris Nelson in the eighth, but could manage no more as the Padres won 8-4.
Sunday, July 1st
Padres 2, Rockies 0
WP Kip Wells (1-1) 7IP 6H 0R 0ER 2BB 2K 0HR
LP Drew Pomeranz (0-3) 6IP 2H 1R 0ER 3BB 1K 0HR
S Huston Street (12) 1IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 2K 0HR
Kip Wells pitched seven strong innings of shutout ball and Huston Street saved his twelfth game in as many tries as the Padres shutout the Rockies 2-0 on Sunday.
Wells gave up only six hits while walking two. He was backed by spectacular play on the field, highlighted by a double play by shortstop Alexi Amarista, who with a runner on first fielded a batted ball in the second baseline, tagged the runner and then spun and threw to first for the double play. The next batter hit a shallow dying blooper on the left field line that was caught by Jesus Guzman inches above the ground as he slid into foul territory feet first.
The Padres manufactured a run early in the third beginning with a leadoff single by Chris Denorfia. He stole second base and then scored after third baseman Jordan Pacheco threw the ball away on a would be groundout by Logan Forsythe.
Denorfia added another run in the seventh when he singled in Amarista from third with two outs.
Luke Gregerson pitched a scoreless eighth before Street closed the door with yet another successful save.