The San Diego Padres lose 2-1, as Bud Black sits Derek Norris, Will Middlebrooks and Justin Upton. Instead Wil Nieves, Cory Spangenberg and Will Venable would earn a spot start. Jordan Lyles, the Rockies starting pitcher went on to earn the win going six 2/3 innings allowing only one run on six hits. He walked two and struck out four. The Padres were just playing into his hands grounding out 10 of the 14 times the ball was put in play. Twitterverse went wild immediately as the Bud Black haters questioned why all three important players were rested on the same day. Every loss will be questioned by the fans, as they expect nothing less than perfection.
What a promising series it was for the San Diego Padres (10-7) a few days ago. With the return of Nolan Arenado and Corey Dickerson, the Colorado Rockies (9-7) prevailed in the last two games in order to earn a split of the four game series. Arenado and Dickerson both missed the first two games of the series in which the Padres outscored the Rockies 21-9. They came back and solidified the team.
Dickerson slugged a game tying home run against Joaquin Benoit in the eighth inning of the game on Wednesday. A game the Rockies ended up winning in the ninth inning. Dickerson followed up his performance Wednesday with a go ahead home run off Tyson Ross and the Padres Thursday afternoon.
Tyson Ross pitched well after a wild first inning in which he threw 37 pitches. The pitch count ultimately got him and he could only complete five innings on 106 pitches. Ross allowed two earned runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking four. Tyson Ross falls to 1-1 on the season and will the mound next Tuesday at home against the Houston Astros. He hopes to have better control then.
Yonder Alonso continues to rip the cover off the ball, he went 3-3 on Thursday raising his average to .400 on the season. He also owns a .485 on base percentage. Alonso did however speak to the media after the game and took responsibility for missing a pop-up in the first inning. That misplay, not considered an error, would have been the third out of the inning. An inning in which Ross surrendered a run and threw about 20 more pitches. Alsonso did however drive in the Padres only run with a fourth inning single plating Matt Kemp from second base.
Wil Myers had a decent series on the field and made a couple of nice grabs in the spacious Coors Field outfield. Myers did go 0-4 on Thursday but his defense remains valuable to the team. Worth noting that Odrisamer Despaigne came in for relief in the eighth inning and retired Charlie Backmon on a ground ball with the bases loaded. Ian Kennedy will come off the DL and pitch Saturday against the Dodgers.
Andrew Cashner (1-2 2.65) takes the mound Friday as the Padres return home for a three-game series against the Dodgers. Zack Greinke (2-0 1.83) goes for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Get your tickets now and go out and support the Padres in this very important series.