It is usually a good thing when the pattern of wins becomes familiar in a season, and the Rockies 4-2 win over the Padres on Saturday sure felt familiar.
The Rockies 73rd win of the season was a lot like the first 72, get a strong start from their pitcher, in this case Jon Gray, get production from the middle of the order, and let Adam Ottavino and Wade Davis close things down (with some help from Scott Oberg in this case.) That formula was missing from the first two games in San Diego, but it returned in Saturday’s win.
Go DJ, That’s My DJ
After being shut out on Friday and no-hit through three innings Saturday, DJ LeMahieu provided the spark for a three-run inning when he led off the fourth with a solo home run.
Thank you, David John LeMahieu! A solo home run by @DJLeMahieu starts a 3-run 4th for the #rockies. Catch the action on @ATTSportsNetRM #rockies25th pic.twitter.com/ay4cGn86O2— AT&T SportsNet™ | RM (@ATTSportsNetRM) September 2, 2018
LeMahieu’s home run was followed by an RBI double from Trevor Story that scored Nolan Arenado and a single by Matt Holliday that brought Story home, giving the Rockies a 3-1 lead.
Bullpen Shuts It Down
After Gray held the Padres to two runs on seven hits in six innings of work, the Rockies bullpen finished the job with three perfect innings. Oberg, Ottavino and Davis retired all nine hitters they faced, striking three of those hitters out. Davis earned his 37th save of the season in the process.
The Rockies will look to get a split in San Diego tomorrow with Kyle Freeland on the mound against Jacob Nix. First pitch is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. Mountain time.