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Padres Rally Past Rockies To Avoid Sweep in Petco 

After the dust settled after the trade deadline at 1:00pm Sunday, the Padres had traded both Mike Adams and Ryan Ludwick to the Rangers and Indians, respectively. But the big news of the day might be who had not been trade, All-Star closer Heath Bell. Bell had been the main player in many trade scenarios involving several teams but as the deadline expired, he remained with the Padres.

After dropping the first two games, the Padres battled back down one in the eighth with a six-run explosion to easily win the last game. They also brought in Bell to close out the game in a non-save situation. Bell retired the side, striking out two in a perfect ninth.

The Padres will move forward starting with a three game series against the Dodgers beginning Monday. Here is a game by game recap of the Padres series against the Rockies over the weekend.


July 29th, 2011, Rockies 3, Padres 2

WP Jason Hammel (6-10) 6.1IP 5H 2R 2ER 3BB 5K 0HR

LP Tim Stauffer (6-8) 7IP 8H 3R 3ER 1BB 3K 0HR

S Huston Street (28) 1IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 2K 0HR


Tim Stauffer surrendered four singles in the second, scoring two runs and balked in a third, proving to be the difference in the game of their 3-2 loss Friday night. Stauffer surrendered singles to Troy Tulowitzki and Seth Smith. After advancing t second & third on a groundout, Ian Stewart & Chris Ianetta hit another pair of consecutive singles to put Colorado up 2-0. Stauffer then balked in another run to put the Rockies up three before getting out of the inning.

Jason Hammel pitched well over six innings, having only given up two runs in the bottom of the third. Cam Maybin hit a one out double and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Orlando Hudson then singled him in to score the Padres first run. After stealing second, the O-Dog came around and scored on a RBI single by Chase Headley to right field. Ludwick then struck out before Guzman flew out to end the inning with Hudson stranded in scoring position.

The Padres had another chance in the seventh after Kyle Blanks drew a walk with one out. The Rockies then brought in Matt Lindstrom who struck out Maybin before giving up a single to Hudson, putting runners at the corners with two outs. Matt Reynolds was brought in and walked Chase Headley to load the bases before he was pulled in favor of Matt Lindstrom. Lindstrom got Ryan Ludwick to pop up to right-center to end the Padres scoring threat.

Huston Street came in and recorded two outs before Maybin doubled to put the tying run in scoring position. But Hudson grounded out to Street who tossed the ball to first to end the game, 3-2 in favor of Colorado.


July 30th, 2011 Rockies 10, Padres 6

WP Esmil Rogers (4-1) 5IP 1H 1R 1ER 1BB 4K 0HR

LP Aaron Harang (9-3) 5.2IP 6H 6R 6ER 2BB 6K 1HR


Colorado overcame a large deficit resulting to one of th more bizarre beginnings of any game this year to retake the lead and keep pouring it on as they beast the Padres, 10-6 Saturday night.

Ubaldo Jimenez took the mound in the bottom of the first inning amid rumors he had been traded with fellow teammate Esmil Rogers warming up in the bullpen at the time of the first pitch. But Jiminez, obviously affected by the speculation, surrendered his two run lead and then some with a very shaky inning. After drawing an leadoff walk, Cam Maybin advanced to third on Eliezer Alfonso

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