Denver, Colorado- Coors Field
The Padres were anxious to get back on the field Thursday afternoon to try and flush out the disappointment of the previous two games. Blake Snell took the mound to try and guide the Padres to just their second win at Coors Field in their last 14 games. Opposite Snell for Colorado was Kyle Freeland, making his third start against the Padres already this season.
Neither pitcher had a banner day.
Snell cruised through the first inning but immediately ran into trouble in the second. He surrendered two doubles, walked three, and allowed a sac fly that brought in three runs for the Rockies, putting the Padres in an early 3-0 hole.
The Padres responded quickly in the top of the third with two runs of their own. Rookie Esteury Ruiz continued his hot start to his big league career with his first double and then his first big league stolen base, getting to third with no outs. After Trent Grisham worked a walk, he stole second, putting runners on second and third with no one out. San Diego then got both runners home via the sacrifice fly, the first one by Ha-Seong Kim, followed by Jake Cronenworth.
Snell tossed a scoreless third before yet again running into trouble in the fourth frame. After getting the leadoff hitter out, Snell then allowed two singles before getting a second out. Garret Hampson stole second, putting runners on second and third for Colorado. The Padres’ lefty then walked three batters in a row, walking in two runs. This gave Colorado a 5-2 lead. Snell was chased from the game at 99 pitches, completing just 3 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on six walks and four hits.
“Today, he had trouble throwing strikes,” manager Bob Melvin said. “We’re using a lot of guys here. They are taxed.”
Taylor Scott entered the game and tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, preventing further damage. This allowed the Padres to conjure a comeback in the top of the fifth. Grisham sparked the rally with a solo homer off of Freeland. Kim followed that up with a double. Cronenworth then drove Kim in with a single up the middle, cutting the deficit to just one. This chased Rockies lefty Freeland, from the game, much to his chagrin.
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Cronenworth got to second on a groundout by Manny Machado, which ended up being a key play. Jorge Alfaro then lined a ball up the middle, which scored the tying run.
The Rockies responded in the bottom of the sixth. Nabil Crismatt struggled with command, walking Connor Joe ahead of a run-scoring double by Jose Iglesias, and the Rockies took the lead right back. C.J. Cron singled another run home, putting Colorado’s lead back at two. Randal Grichuk put the game at 8-5 with an RBI double off of Luis Garcia.
The Friars were unable to amount any sort of threat in their final four frames, being silenced by the Rockies’ normally lackluster bullpen. The Padres fell 8-5, losing three out of four to Colorado. They are in a rough stretch, having gone 5-12 in their last 17 games.
Coors Field continues to be a house of horrors, as San Diego has dropped 13 of their last 14 games there.
They look to finish off the first half of the season on a strong note, as they come home for three games against the Diamondbacks this weekend.