Framing the Friars: Padres Unload Frustration, Rout Rockies

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Denver, Colorado

The Padres went into Monday’s game having lost their last two games and still with a bad taste in their mouths from the brawl that broke out at Coors Field just under two weeks prior. Monday’s game was a demonstration of the Friar’s frustration as they blew out the Rockies 13-5.

The game started with a signature Coors Field crooked number for both teams in the first inning.

The Padres struck first with four after a balk scored Eric Hosmer, and then Carlos Asuaje launched a three-run shot over the right field wall. The four-run lead quickly evaporated when Bryan Mitchell struggled in his first inning of work.

A pair of two-run homers later, the game was tied after Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story sent balls over the wall.

Both Mitchell and Rockies starter Chad Bettis settled down for a few innings until Ian Desmond doubled home a run to give Colorado a brief 5-4 lead.

In the top of the seventh, Franchy Cordero came up to the plate with a runner on and did what he does best and hit a ball into the next solar system for a two-run, go-ahead home run, his fourth of the year.

The Padres did not stop there, in fact, that would just be the beginning. With two runners on, Asuaje singled up the middle to make it 7-5. Freddy Galvis worked a walk to load the bases for Cory Spangenberg, who singled home two runs. The bases were loaded once again on an A.J. Ellis walk and Matt Szczur singled home two more runs, increasing the lead to 11-5. Cordero loaded the bases again with an infield single whereupon Wil Myers laced a double down the left field line, scoring two. The Padres put nine runs on the board, making the score 13-5.

That was the first time the Padres had scored at least nine runs in an inning since 2014.

After Mitchell struggled through 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on two walks, the bullpen shut it down. Robbie Erlin finished off the sixth inning with two strikeouts, Craig Stammen hurled a scoreless seventh, and Jordan Lyles pitched a scoreless final two innings.

It was certainly nice to see the Padres’ bats wake up after scoring just eight runs in their last three games. Szczur got two hits in that seventh inning in which he was a pinch hitter.

Wil Myers finished the night with four hits including two doubles, a stolen base, and two RBI. Eric Hosmer worked an impressive four walks along with his two singles. Carlos Asuaje paced the Padres with four RBI, including his three-run homer.

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Nick Lee
Native of Escondido, CA. Lived in San Diego area for 20 years. Padres fan since childhood (mid-90s). I have been writing since 2014. I currently live near Seattle, WA and am married to a Seattle sports girl. I wore #19 on my high school baseball team for Tony Gwynn. I am a stats and sports history nerd. I attended BYU on the Idaho campus. I also love Star Wars.

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