The Colorado Rockies kept up their offensive barrage against the Padres in a 14-8 win at Coors Field on Saturday. The Rockies had 19 hits on the night, with each of the top six hitters in the order having multi-hit games.
Charlie Blackmon set a Rockies record with his third consecutive four-hit game, going 4-for-6 with a double, three runs scored and a pair driven in. Combine Blackmon’s performance with the Rockies other two outfielders, Ian Desmond and David Dahl, and it comes to 9-for-14 with eight runs scored and 10 RBIs. In one game. An impressive showing as the Rockies moved to 37-33 on the season.
Slammin’ Ian Desmond
It was Desmond that broke the game open for the Rockies in the bottom of the fifth. With the Rockies having already left the bases loaded twice in the game, Desmond made sure it didn’t happen a third time by slugging an opposite-field grand slam:
Desmond’s ninth home run of the season expanded the Rockies’ lead to 11-4 and his 2-for-4 night raised his batting line for the season to .266/.330/.498, good for an .828 OPS and 99 wRC+, a big improvement from his first two seasons in Colorado.
Bettis plays stopper
After Friday’s bullpen meltdown and a rough outing from Carlos Estevez that saw the Padres close the gap to 11-8 in the seventh, Chad Bettis came in and locked the game down, pitching two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out a pair. Not normally a big thing, but it stopped the bleeding for the Rockies bullpen when it was desperately needed.
Peter Lambert will make his third career start tomorrow as the Rockies look for a series win over the Padres, who will send lefty Nick Margevicius to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Mountain time.