The San Diego Padres went into Friday night’s game in Colorado with a seven-game road winning streak after a four-game sweep of the Cubs in Chicago. Unfortunately, their momentum did not carry into their series opener against the Rockies.
MacKenzie Gore, coming off the worst start of his career last Saturday night against the same Rockies at Petco Park in which he lasted only 2.1 innings while giving up six runs and four walks, did not fare much better at hitter-friendly Coors Field on Friday night. This time, Gore lasted only four innings, allowing eight earned runs on nine hits, including a pair of home runs to C.J. Cron and Randal Grichuk.
After four innings, the Padres faced an uphill battle while trailing 6-0. Though the Padres made things interesting in the top of the fifth inning by scoring four runs and cutting the lead to 6-4, the Rockies took control right back by scoring a pair of runs on Cron’s second home run of the game, which traveled 486 feet, to put the Rockies ahead 8-4.
“Yeah, those are tough, you know, you score in the top half, and when that comes in the bottom half. Every inning is they’re tough to give up but especially after you just put a few up there,” said Padres’ acting manager Ryan Flaherty in response to questions regarding the big fifth inning from the Padres that was quickly squashed after Colorado scored twice the following inning.
The Rockies would add two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to put them up 10-4, and that was enough to keep the Padres down for the remainder of the game.
While Gore was hoping for a better outing after his first setback in his early career, it was definitely not the ideal setting to try and right the ship.
The Padres will look to bounce back and avoid a series loss to the Rockies on Saturday evening with Nick Martinez taking the hill for the Friars against German Marquez for the Rockies, who held the Padres in check at Petco Park on Sunday afternoon.