RISP woes down Padres in 6-3 loss to Rockies

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In the second of three against Colorado, the Padres’ offense continued to struggle with runners in scoring position, and a four-run inning by Colorado put the game away.

Dylan Cease took the mound for the Padres for his second start of the year against Colorado. Cease was solid this time again, striking out eight over 5 ⅔ innings. It was another strong start for Cease, just one out shy of a quality start.

The Rockies would score first in this game on a home run by Ryan McMahon off a cutter from Dylan Cease. McMahon has hit .331 in his career against San Diego, and this homer would be the 12th of his career against the Padres.

Colorado would not score again until the sixth inning, where a leadoff double by Ezequiel Tovar would be driven in on a single off the second base bag by Brendan Rodgers, ending the night for Cease.

Mike Shildt would turn to Stephen Kolek to douse the fire, but the Rockies would pour it on. Brenton Doyle would hit a shallow fly ball into no man’s land, and a roller through the infield by Jake Cave would make the score 3-0, closing the book on Cease. Elehuris Montero, not a player known for his speed, would single on what was essentially a swinging bunt to score Doyle. An RBI single by rookie Jordan Beck would score the fifth Rockies run and end the scoring in the inning.

On the other end, Rockies starter and former Padre draftee Cal Quantrill worked his way out of trouble in the early innings, aided by (depending on how you look at it) excellent plays by the Rockies’ defense or baserunning gaffes by the Padres. Jurickson Profar was thrown out trying to stretch a single for a double in the second, and Ha-Seong Kim was doubled off on a ground ball to first in the fifth.

Ezequiel Tovar would hit a homer off Kolek in the seventh to make the score 6-0, but the Padres would rally in the bottom half.

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Quantrill would walk Jurickson Profar and would be relieved by Victor Vodnik. Xander Bogaerts would single, and Jackson Merrill would beat out a double play grounder to put runners on the corners with one out. Luis Campusano would drive in a run with an RBI single, and Luis Arraez would hit a dribbler through the infield to make it 6-2. A third run would score on a wild pitch, but Jake Cronenworth would line out to end the threat. The Padres would threaten again in the eighth, with Profar walking and a single from Jackson Merrill bringing the tying run to the plate. However, Luis Campusano would fly out to Brenton Doyle for the third out.

Enyel De Los Santos and Wandy Peralta would combine for a scoreless eighth and ninth inning, and the Padres headed to the bottom of the ninth with a three-run deficit. With the Rockies sending Tyler Kinley to the mound, the Padres prepared to take their at-bats, looking to tie the game. However, in what has been a rough season for Kinley so far, he would come through for the Rox, getting a lineout from Kim and Arraez and a groundout from Fernando Tatis Jr to end the game.

With that loss, the Padres’ streak of series wins came to an end. The Padres will look to get back on track tomorrow with Michael King on the mound. The first pitch is at 1:10 pm Pacific time.

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