Rockies 10, Padres 9: Arenado smashes walk-off homer

Dustin Bradford

Nolan Arenado was the undoubted hero of tonight's game, both in the field and at the plate. His night was topped off by a walk-off home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth. It was Arenado's first career walk-off, and the first walk-off home run of the year for the Rockies.

After jumping out to a 9-3 lead after the first three innings, the Rockies let an uncharacteristically bad outing from Rob Scahill tie up the game in the seventh inning. This set up the stage for anyone to become the hero of the game, and it was Arenado who came through, with a walk-off home run on the third pitch he saw in the ninth inning.

Dexter began the offensive charge with a lead-off triple, though he was thrown out at home the next play. After hitting 50 triples in the last four seasons, this was only the second triple of the year for Fowler. Troy Tulowitzki drove in one run, then Helton doubled in Tulowitzki and Gonzalez to quickly give the Rockies a 3-0 lead. The Padres answered with a two run homer in the second.

The Rockies rallied in the bottom of the second to score five runs. Carlos Gonzalez hit his first of two triples in the game. The Rockies chased Edinson Volquez from the game following Gonzalez' second triple of the game with one out in the bottom of the third. After shooting out to a 9-3 lead and hammering Volquez for 9 earned runs off of 11 hits and 2 walks, the offense was quelled by the Padres staff until the ninth inning.

Meanwhile, De La Rosa allowed plenty of traffic with 11 hits of his own allowed, but was able to limit the damage to four runs in five innings of work. He walked none, struck out five batters, and allowed one home run. Edgmer Escalona pitched one scoreless frame and Scahill entered the game in the seventh.

Scahill was ousted from the game without gaining a single out, in what was by far the worst outing of his major league career. Going into tonight, he had pitched 20.2 innings, allowing only 4 runs on 16 hits in that time frame. After hitting Chase Headley with a pitch, he allowed back-to-back homers to Carlos Quentin and Jedd Gyorko, a double to Kyle Blanks, and an RBI single to Cameron Maybin. Josh Outman, who replaced Scahill, walked Yasmani Grandal and Chris Denorfia to load the bases. Everth Cabrera then singled in Cameron Maybin, charging Scahill with his fifth earned run.

Nolan Arenado's walk off homer on the third pitch he saw from Joe Thatcher killed the comeback that San Diego had tried to stage. It was all around an excellent night from Arenado, who provided great offensive moments on top of the elite level of defense we are all starting to expect of him. Arenado made two great defensive plays in the game, one in the fifth to kill a budding rally, and again in the eighth.

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