Red Hot Padres Cool Down In Colorado, Losing Final Two Games.
All good things must come to end, and the Padres streak of consecutive series won did at three when they dropped the last two games against the Rockies after winning the first. The Padres won a close on Friday, 5-4 before getting blown out 9-1 on Saturday. The Padres retook the lead on Sunday after allowing a seven-run fourth before giving the lead back in the seventh, ultimately losing the game.
Chase Headley earns the Friarhood Player of the Series, going 6-13, with a double, homer run, seven RBIs, a walk and a stolen base.
The Padres will fly to Los Angeles to face former first baseman Adrian Gonzales in his new home over three games starting Monday.
Friday, August 31st, 2012
WP Clayton Richard (12-12) 6.1IP 8H 3R 3ER 2BB 2K 2HR
LP Alex White (2-7) 3.2IP 4H 3R 3ER 3BB 2K 1HR
S Luke Gregerson (3) 1IP 1H 1R 1ER 0BB 1K 1HR
Clayton Richard got just his second career win at Coors field, evening his season record to 12-12 despite giving up eight hits, three runs and a pair of homers.
Padres jumped ahead and never trailed starting with a solo homer by Carlos Quentin to lead off the second. Logan Forsythe singled in Yasmani Grandal that same inning for a 2-0 Padres lead.
An inning later, Chase Headley added another with an RBI groundout to short. Jordan Pacheco answered back in the latter half of the inning with a groundout with the same result, scoring Josh Rutledge to cut the lead to 3-1.
Carlos Quentin knocked in Chase Headley in the fifth with a ground-rule double for a 4-1 Padres lead. An inning later Pacheco got his second RBI of the day, with a solo homer to left. Two batters later Wilin Rosario homered to cut the lead to 4-3.
Chris Denorfia added a much needed insurance run when he scored Cam Maybin from third on an infield single in the top of the eighth. This would prove crucial as Luke Gregerson surrendered a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth to Andrew Brown before retiring the side for his third save of the year and the Padres 10th win in their last 11.
Saturday, September 1st, 2012
Rockies 9, Padres 1
WP Jhoulys Chacin (2-4) 7IP 5H 1R 1ER 2BB 4K 1HR
LP Edinson Volquez (9-10) 4.2IP 9H 5R 5ER 3BB 5K 1HR
The Rockies score early and often as they piled on the runs to even the series against the Padres with a 9-1 win. Jhoulys Chacin held the Friar hitters at bay with seven strong innings pitched, only surrendering a solo homer to Will Venable in the sixth.
After a Wilson Rosario RBI single in the first, Tyler Colvin homered in the second to put the Rockies up 2-0. Colvin knocked in another run in the fifth with a double to left field. Chris Nelson then hit a bloop single to left to make it 5-0 Rockies.
Trailing 5-1 in the eighth, Miles Mikolas gave up a grand slam to Dexter Fowler, ballooning the lead to 9-1 to even the series at one game apiece.
Sunday, September 2nd, 2012
Rockies 11, Padres 10
WP Guillermo Moncosco (1-1) 0.1IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 0K 0HR
LP Brad Brach (1-4) 1IP 2H 2R 1BB 0K 1HR
S Rafael Betancourt (27) 1IP 3H 1R 1ER 0BB 0K 0HR
The Padres blew an early lead and came all the way; only to lose it again and then just fall short in an 11-10 series losing loss to the Rockies on Sunday. The Padres scored 10 runs on 20 hits, but it was not enough for a win.
Alexi Amarista went five for five and Chase Headley had four hits and six RBIs. He started the scoring with a two run homer in the first and a RBI single in the third, giving the Padres a 3-0 lead.
Casey Kelley, in just his second career start, surrendered seven runs in the third inning, facing 11 hitters. After a leadoff walk Jonathon Herrera would score on a single by Dexter Fowler. Jordan Pacheco then would double to score two more, tying the game. Tyler Colvin then homered to give the Rockies a 5-3 lead. Chris Nelson then reached on a fielding error by Amarista. Ramon Hernandez then hit a two-run shot to left to make it 7-3, Rockies.
The Padres scored the next inning, starting with an RBI single by Chris Denorfia with two on and one out. After a strikeout by Logan Forsythe, Chase Headley scored two with a single to left, cutting the lead to one.
Kelly settled down after the rough inning by retiring the next seven Rockies. The Padres even got the lead back with back-to-back RBI singles by Forsythe and Headley. Amarista added another the next inning to make it 9-7 Padres in the top of the seventh.
But Brad Brach gave up a three run homer with two out in the seventh to Chris Nelson, giving the Rockies a 10-9 lead. Brach surrendered another run in the eighth with a single by Fowler, scoring Blackmon.
Rafael Betancourt came into the ninth and immediately retired the first two batters before Cam Maybin eked a grounder into right field to give the Padres a pulse. After Maybin took second without a throw, Amarista knocked him in to cut the lead to one. Pinch hitter Mark Kotsay then slapped a line drive to right, putting runners on first and second with no out. Denorfia then hit a high chopper to shortstop Rutledge who nagged the ball and fired it to first to beat Denorfia by a split second to end the game with the Rockies winning, 11-10.