On a night where Tyler Chatwood struggled once again at Coors Field, the Rockies pulled off a dramatic 8-7 victory over the Padres by virtue of four scoreless innings from their bullpen and a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning after a hail delay that sent many of the 30,451 fans home.
But let's rewind a little bit.
San Diego jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a Wil Myers home run in the top of the first inning.
DJ LeMahieu extended his on-base streak to 32 games with a first inning single and advanced to third on a stolen base and a throwing error, but didn't score.
Tyler Chatwood helped his own cause yet again in the bottom of the second when he hit an RBI single to score Stephen Cardullo. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, LeMahieu hit a three-run double off the auxiliary scoreboard in right field that cleared the bases and gave the Rockies a 4-2 lead.
The lead didn't last long. In the top of the third Chatwood walked two and hit a batter before Alex Dickerson hit a soft single to right that scored two runs. A groundout by Luis Sardinas scored another run and San Diego was back on top 5-4.
Chatwood gave up two more runs before exiting in the sixth inning after another poor outing at Coors Field. He only walked two while striking out seven, but he struggled with his command all night; throwing just six first pitch strikes to 25 batters.
Stephen Cardullo hit his first career triple with one out in the sixth inning, but the Rockies couldn't bring him home. They got within two in the seventh when a Carlos Gonzalez groundout drove in Charlie Blackmon, who doubled earlier in the inning.
In the top of the ninth inning a spontaneous yet torrential hail downpour delayed the game for about 40 minutes. It was the precursor for an offensive outburst by the home team in the bottom half of the inning.
LeMahieu got his third hit of the game with one out in the bottom of the ninth by doubling off the Bridich Barrier in right field. After Nolan Arenado popped out, Carlos Gonzalez singled to make it a 7-6 game. Then David Dahl worked a long pinch-hit at-bat that ended with another single, which sent Nick Hundley to the plate with the winning run on first. Hundley had an even longer at-bat than Dahl, and he singled on a full-count pitch to tie the game at seven.
Daniel Descalso was called on to pinch-hit and he also worked a full count against Padres closer Brandon Maurer. Then he hit the 3-2 pitch over the head of Travis Jankowski in center field that scored Dahl and gave the Rockies one of their best wins of the season.
In a rarity for 2016, all of the earned runs against the Rockies were allowed by their starter, as the bullpen quartet of Lyles, Marquez, Logan and Ottavino pitched four scoreless innings of relief that allowed the offense to remain within striking distance before their final inning comeback.
San Diego had won their previous 143 games when leading after eight innings; the longest streak in baseball. They'll have to start a new streak after tonight.
The Rockies will try to keep the momentum going tomorrow at 6:05 MDT when Jon Gray takes on Edwin Jackson.
In the meantime, enjoy this graph.