Five players were ejected and the Rockies scored five runs in an eventful bottom of the third Wednesday afternoon, which the Rockies eventually won 6-4. San Diego Pitcher pitcher Luis Perdomo threw a pitch behind Nolan Arenado, apparently in retaliation for a hit by pitch from yesterday’s game. Arenado took some exception to that and charged the mound, inducing a bench clearing brawl. In addition to Arenado and Perdomo, Germán Márquez, Gerardo Parra, and AJ Ellis got tossed. Arenado took a swing at Perdomo, though he didn’t land it. That’s relevant information because whether or not he landed the punch will probably determine the length of his inevitable suspension.
The brawl wasn’t the only event in the bottom of the third. That long half-inning also included two errors, two walks, hits by Pat Valaika (!) and Tony Wolters (!!), five runs, and a pinch hit appearance by Tyler Anderson.
While the Rockies scored six runs, the offense didn’t exactly come alive. Ian Desmond reached on an error and eventually scored, and Wolters cleared three runs with the help of an error. The Padres allowed three earned runs. There’s still work to do, and now the challenge is even greater as the Rockies head to the road.
The Rockies begin a four game series against the Nationals tomorrow in Washington D.C. Chad Bettis will face Gio González in the first game, which begins at 5:05 MT.