Padres 5, Rockies 4: Walks, lack of late offense doom Rockies

Denis Poroy

Three walks and a wild pitch in the eighth inning from Rex Brothers, combined with a lack of hits after the fifth inning cost the Rockies a game in which they took an early 4-0 lead.

The Rockies lost a tough one in the series opener to the Padres in San Diego Monday night, coughing up a pair of runs in the eighth inning en route to a 5-4 loss.

Rex Brothers walked three batters in the eighth before uncorking a wild pitch that  allowed the tying and, thanks to a throwing error, winning runs to score. The pair of runs in the eighth for the Padres came without the benefit of a hit.

The Rockies jumped out to an early lead in the third inning when Troy Tulowitzki reached on a ground ball into no-man's land between the mound and third base and Charlie Blackmon scored on the throw up the right field line by Padres pitcher Eric Stults. Colorado got another run in the fourth thanks to three straight singles by Justin Morneau, Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu to take a 2-0 lead.

The Rockies lead doubled in the fifth when Wilin Rosario hit his second home run in as many days with Tulowitzki on base.

San Diego fought back in the bottom of the fifth with three runs thanks mostly to a pair of doubles and a triple with two outs against Rockies starter Jordan Lyles. On the triple off the bat of Alexi Amarista, Michael Cuddyer crashed into the right field wall and had to leave the game. He is listed as day-to-day.

Colorado threatened again in the sixth, as San Diego reliever Alex Torres walked the bases loaded with one out for Tulowitzki, who smashed a line drive right at Chase Headley, who doubled Brandon Barnes off second base.

Things then unraveled for Brothers and the Rockies in the eighth, he took 33 pitches to issue the three walks in the inning and allow two runs. It was his second straight rough outing as he entered Sunday's game against San Francisco in the 10th and promptly served up a walk-off home run to Brandon Crawford.

The Rockies looked like they might have a chance in the ninth as Carlos Gonzalez crushed a Huston Street pitch to deep center field, but the marine layer kept it in the park and Will Venable's glove for an out.

The Rockies will look to even the series tomorrow as Juan Nicasio takes on Robbie Erlin.


Source: FanGraphs

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