clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Chad Bettis delivers, Rockies hit 5 home runs in 6-3 victory against Padres.

New, comments

The Rockies got exactly what they needed from starter Chad Bettis, who got a little help from the long ball. Plus, Tony Wolters' first major league start!

Nolan Arenado admires his home run in the bottom of the first.
Nolan Arenado admires his home run in the bottom of the first.
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies righted the ship, defeating the San Diego Padres 6-3 behind seven solid innings from Chad Bettis and five solo home runs; two from CarGo and one from Nolan Arenado, Ryan Raburn and Trevor Story (SURPRISE!).

Bettis brought an efficiency to the mound, needing only 99 pitches to go seven innings, only allowing six hits and two runs (one earned) with no walks and six strikeouts. Bettis allowed only one extra base hit - an RBI double to third baseman Adam Rosales in the second - and kept the Padres guessing all game.

After a perfect first inning from Bettis, Gonzalez and Arenado started off the party, going back-to-back off of Padres starter James Shields. The Padres came right back with the Rosales double in the second and a sacrifice fly from Wil Myers to tie it in the third.

Tony Wolters recorded his first hit in the 5th inning, a single to right field and kicking off a flurry of I-told-you-so messages from Bobby, who is firmly #TeamWolters. Wolters later scored in the inning off of a Charlie Blackmon groundout, making the score 3-2.

In the seventh, Ryan Raburn pinch hit for Bettis and crushed a ball to left, increasing the Rockies lead to 4-2. It was the first pinch hit home run for the Rockies in 2016.

The Padres made it interesting in the top of the eighth after Boone Logan walked a pinch-hitting Jabari Blash, struck out Jon Jay, and gave up a double to Cory Spangenberg, bringing the score to 4-3. Miguel Castro, a huge bright spot in the early days of the season, came in an produced two ground ball outs to effectively end the threat.

The Rockies added to their lead in the bottom of the frame with the team's second set of back-to-back home runs from Story and Gonzalez. Story set another record as the first player to hit seven home runs in his first six career games. What a start for that guy, huh?

Closer Jake McGee came in and pitched a dominant ninth, avoiding the sweep and finishing a solid all-around game.

The Rockies are off on Monday and will host the San Francisco Giants in a three game series starting Tuesday night.

The Padres will begin a four game series in Philadelphia tomorrow.