Chris Paddack and a fast offensive start lead Padres to 13-2 win over Colorado

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Five early runs combined with six solid innings from Chris Paddack led the San Diego Padres to a 13-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

The Padres move to 21-15 on the season and will leave Colorado tomorrow with a multi-game lead at the second-place spot in the National League West.

Eric Hosmer got the party started in the first with a three-run home run. That is Hosmer’s seventh home run of the year.

The scoring continued in the second when Trent Grisham tripled home Austin Hedges to make the score 4-0. Fernando Tatis Jr. cashed in Grisham on a single to increase the lead to five.

From there, Chris Paddack went into cruise control. Through his first five innings of work, Paddack allowed just two hits and struck out six batters.

In the top of the sixth, Austin Hedges drove in Ty France on a sac fly to make the lead 6-0. Although the San Diego Padres lead by six at this point, the Padres know that no lead is safe at Coors Field.

Paddack got himself into some trouble in the bottom half of the inning. After two infield singles, Padre killer Charlie Blackmon came to the plate. He grounded an 0-2 changeup to Eric Hosmer, but the grounder took Hosmer towards second base, so he attempted to throw out Arenado for the fielder’s choice. Tatis Jr. was late getting to the bag, and the ball bounced off his glove and squandered into the outfield, allowing Raimel Tapia to score.

The Colorado Rockies added another unearned on a Ryan McMahon single, bringing the lead down to four. However, the San Diego Padres are a good team, and good teams respond when their opponents score.

After a leadoff double from Tatis Jr., Jake Cronenworth continued his NL Rookie of the Year campaign with a two-run home run to bring the lead back up to six.

In the eighth inning, Jurickson Profar and Trent Grisham each hit a solo home run. Trent Grisham fell just a double short of the cycle. Machado also drove in Tatis Jr. to add another run, making it 11-2.  Machado extended his hitting streak today to twelve with his two hits on Sunday. 

Josh Naylor delivered the final blow with a two-run home run in the ninth. This brought the San Diego Padres home run total to five on the day. With Mitch Moreland being acquired from the Boston Red Sox Sunday morning, Naylor could be either sent down or traded on Monday. If he is traded, he will undoubtedly make another team happy with his bat.

Emilio Pagan, Cal Quantrill, and Javy Guerra each threw a scoreless inning to wrap up the game. The three pitchers combined for four strikeouts.

Manager Jayce Tingler raved about Paddack’s performance on Sunday following the game.

“It was huge,” Tingler said. “It was what the team needed, and it was great for him to get back. He should feel good about it for what he did for the team today.”

Garrett Richards will be starting for the San Diego Padres on Monday, Tingler announced. He’s struggled his last two outings, so he is certainly in need of a bounce-back start, similar to Paddack on Sunday.

Richards will go up against German Marquez for the Colorado Rockies.

The first pitch is at 6:30 p.m.

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Dominic Stearn
Dominic is currently a Sophomore at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, studying Sports Journalism. He was formerly a Staff Writer for Pulse Magazine, writing about the Padres, the MLB, and the NFL. He also hosts the "Devils Talking Padres" podcast.

1 thought on “Chris Paddack and a fast offensive start lead Padres to 13-2 win over Colorado

  1. Paddack looked more focused and determined today. Welcome back Chris!

    It appears he lost that focus in the 6th when it should have been over but wasn’t because of the error. He looked immediately out of sorts and threw 15 or so more pitches to get out of the inning. He could/should have gotten through 7 innings and rested the BP a bit more. The defense needs to tighten up a bit. We’ve gotten a little sloppy in Denver.

    Still, a good win! My emotions are mixed today. I had so much hope and joy watching each game this season. Now, it seems Preller has blown this team up. I know many are still here but I think their chemistry was superb and they clicked as a team. I think they’re going to struggle to find that spark for a bit now.

    Frikin AJ!!!

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