Well, Rockies fans, let’s just forget this one ever happened.
The Rockies were blown out at PetCo Park on Thursday night behind a seven-inning effort by Padres starter Clayton Richard. Colorado starter Jeff Hoffman had a very weird line, managing only 2.2 innings while allowing seven runs, all unearned.
Both starters began the game on a roll with the score holding at 0-0 through the first two innings. Hoffman ran into some traffic in the bottom of the third with a runner on third and two outs, but was able to induce a ground ball. Unfortunately, shortstop Cristhian Adames couldn’t field the ball cleanly and that just opened the floodgates. After that error, the Padres went single, single, single, home run, walk, stolen base, single before Hoffman was pulled from the game.
Hoffman was replaced by German Marquez, who was making his major league debut. The number 7 PuRP struck out his opposition in Richard for his first major league out. By the time the third inning was over, the score was 7-0 bad guys.
Marquez was able to pitch around a one-out double in the fourth and came out unscathed. The same can’t be said for the fifth; Marquez walked the first three batters to load the bases with no outs. He was able to strike out Luis Sardinas before allowing an RBI groundout and a two-RBI single before inducing an inning-ending ground ball. His debut ended with 2.1 innings pitched and two hits allowed, three earned runs, three walks, and two strikeouts.
In the sixth, another Rockies rookie took the mound. Matt Carasiti, who has struggled since his call-up, allowed two runs to score before Chad Qualls was called upon to finish the inning.
Offensively, the Rockies were unable to manage anything against the soft-throwing lefty. Richard, who rarely tops 90 MPH, was able to all but one of the Rockies hitters off balance. Top PuRP David Dahl was the only one who got to Richard as he was three-for-three with three singles against him.
Pat Valaika and Jordan Patterson, two September call-ups, also made their major league debuts on Thursday night. Valaika was a defensive replacement in the sixth inning for Nolan Arenado and Patterson replaced Charlie Blackmon in the lineup while playing left field, sliding Dahl over to center. Valaika ripped a double down the left field line for his first major league hit while Patterson, who followed Valaika in the order, has yet to have an official at-bat because he walked. Sadly, the Rockies couldn’t push a run across.
Padres catcher hit a two-run home run off Christian Bergman in the eighth to make the score 14-0.
The Rockies added one in the ninth inning off an Adames home run, but the night just couldn’t end fast enough.
The Rockies will put this one behind them when they face Luis Perdomo, who was a member of the Rockies for less than an hour. We selected him in the Rule-V Draft this summer and promptly traded him to San Diego. Tyler Chatwood will toe the rubber for the Rockies at 8:40 MT.