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Padres 12, Rockies 11: How Do You Lose On A Walkoff At Home?!

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SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:  (L-R) Everth Cabrera #2 and Will Venable #25 of the San Diego Padres celebrate defeating the Colorado Rockies 12-11 at Petco Park on September 16, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: (L-R) Everth Cabrera #2 and Will Venable #25 of the San Diego Padres celebrate defeating the Colorado Rockies 12-11 at Petco Park on September 16, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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I'm still trying to figure out how a road team can win in walkoff fashion, as the Padres did on Sunday at Coors Field. It totally defies everything that I thought I knew about baseb ...

Wait, what's that? This game was played at ... Petco?

No way.

Not going to believe it. That many runs haven't been scored at Petco Park in history, combined.

I'll just keep writing.

So anyway, how does a team lose on a walkoff hit at home? Is that just the curse of the 2011-12 Rockies? (Speaking of which, this has all been just one long season, right? One that takes place during two calendar years, like the NBA?)

Anyway, there was some cool stuff that happened in this game, so I'll just write about that ... AFTER THE JUMP, that is.

Join me.

Alex White hit a three-run homer for the Rockies in the second inning, giving him his second long ball in consecutive starts. He also became the second player in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade to homer at Petco Park this year, with the other being Drew Pomeranz, of course. In the next inning, that number grew to three players in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade to homer at Petco Park this year, as Matt McBride hit a two-run shot off of Padres starter Andrew Werner to put the Rox up, 5-1. It was McBride's first career home run. Way to go, Matt.

San Diego would go on to score 10 unanswered runs from that point on through the seventh inning, but I won't write about that. What I will write about is how the Rockies stormed back from an 11-5 deficit to tie the game in the top of the eighth, as Josh Rutledge put the cap on a six-run inning with a grand slam off of Nick Vincent, proving once again that having two first names will get you nowhere.

The Rockies blew a chance to take the lead in the top of the ninth and eventually lost on a Yonder Alonso RBI single, but, again -- I won't write about that. Instead, I'm going to write about more cool stuff, like Rob Scahill pitching two scoreless innings. That was pretty awesome. Also, Chris Nelson's 3-for-5 day and Andrew Brown's 2-for-3, two-walk day were pretty cool as well. Jordan Pacheco was not cool, neither at the plate (0-for-5) nor behind it, but -- you guessed it -- I'm not going to get into it. Because, like I said ...

I JUST WANT TO WRITE ABOUT COOL STUFF, and not about how the Rockies lost on walkoff hit, even though they were playing at home.


58 - 87

24.5

Lost 2

17




Source: FanGraphs