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Rockies win big as offense does unholy things to Padres

Apparently three games against San Diego is exactly what the offense needed

The Colorado Rockies defeated the San Diego Padres today at Coors Field. That much is abundantly clear. The score is only incidental to that fact.

The 18-4 drubbing of the Padres was exactly what the offense needed, as they had been struggling entering this series. As such, they ended up putting up 36 runs in the three game sweep. Every Rockies starter (except Mark Reynolds) reached base and scored. Charlie Blackmon, Nolan Arenado, Gerardo Parra, Trevor Story, and Ryan Hanigan all had multi-hit games and even Jon Gray singled in a run and later scored.

But the true star of the offense was Nolan, who stepped to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning with a chance to become only the 18th player in MLB history with four home runs in a game. He ended up lining out to left field but that doesn’t diminish the accomplishment. His three home runs in three consecutive innings represent the first time that’s been accomplished in franchise history since Andres Galarraga did so on June 25, 1995—against the San Diego Padres.

Jon Gray started the game with a leadoff walk and fans were trembling at the potential for another performance like his eight earned runs in two innings plus on Friday against the Mets. When Gray later picked off Manuel Margot and the Rockies scored three in the bottom of the first, it was clear today would be different. Gray certainly wasn’t at his sharpest, but he still managed to strike out seven and walk just two over six innings. He allowed four runs in his final inning of work, three of which came off a Cory Spangenberg home run to make it 13-4.

Oh, and this was one of 12 games ROOT AT&T Sportsnet didn’t broadcast this season, so few Coloradans outside the ones in attendance got to see it.

Notes:

  • Had the Rockies scored in the eighth inning it would have marked just the third time in franchise history they had scored at least one run in every inning in a single game.
  • Trevor Story came just a double shy of the cycle after striking out four times in last night’s game.
  • Mark Reynolds was the only starter not to reach base and the only one to strike out. He struck out three times.
  • Charlie Blackmon left the game mid at-bat in the sixth inning with what we now know to be leg cramps.