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Padres 9, Rockies 3: Rockies miscues gift victory to the Padres

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If you were at Coors Field tonight you got to see a great display of talent. If you were at Petco Park tonight, you did not.

The Padres Didn’t Start the Fire, but still had enough to take down the Rockies on Thursday, 9-3. The Entertainer of the night was Fernando Tatis Jr, who went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored. The Rockies are now 52-63, 7 12 games out of the second Wild Card spot.

Some Rockies fans are surely Keeping the Faith with regards to the team’s playoff hopes, but Don’t Ask Me Why because their odds seem to be Movin’ Out down the River of Dreams. It’s been The Longest Time since the Rockies played consistently good baseball and if you think this is Just The Way (They) Are, You Might Be Right. In all Honesty, I Go To Extremes to look on the brightside but at this point it’s A Matter Of Trust. It seems the team’s playoff hopes really did die in July, proving once again that Only The Good Die Young. Of course, I’ll keep watching because It’s Still Rock And Roll (er, I mean, baseball) To Me.

Offensive defense

The game sat at a competitive 3-3 score heading into the bottom of the sixth. Then, with two outs and two on, Jon Gray got a ground ball to Trevor Story who threw the ball away, which allowed the go-ahead run to score and kept the Padres inning alive. After a walk and a wild pitch (the second of the inning) that allowed the Padres’ fifth run to score, Jairo Diaz game in and promptly threw away a comebacker from Fernando Tatis Jr that would’ve ended the inning, making it 6-3. A Wil Myers double made it 8-3 and the damage was done.

Two errors and two wild pitches meant that none of the five runs scored in the inning were earned. Unearned runs still count in the boxscore, though.

No clutch gene

The Rockies weren’t without their chances. They had two-on, no-out situations in the fourth, sixth, and seventh inning and combined for zero runs. In fact the Rockies had at least one hit in every inning until the seventh (where they got a hit by pitch and a walk) and had two baserunners in every inning except the second. They didn’t go three-up-three-down until the eighth inning and finished 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

Oh, and if that wasn’t enough Ryan McMahon got thrown out at home by about 10 feet in the fourth and Yonder Alonso got thrown out at second in the ninth trying to stretch a single into a double in a six-run game. So, yeah. Not a great night all around.

Up Next

Game two of the four game set is scheduled for 8:10 pm MT on Friday. Kyle Freeland gets the start for the Rockies against Cal Quantrill.