In a game reminiscent of the teams’ record-setting four-game series at Coors Field in June, the Rockies outscored the Padres in a 10-8 win on Friday night. Nine of the Rockies 14 hits went for extra bases, with four going out of the park, as they survived a five-run Padres sixth to win their third game of the four so far on the homestand. Jairo Diaz earned his fourth big league save in the victory.
Nolan goes for 40
With a first inning homer against Padres starter Joey Lucchesi, Nolan Arenado became just the second Rockie and fourth third baseman ever to hit 40 home runs in three different seasons:
Nolan hits HR No. 40 for the third time in his career. #NolanBeingNolan pic.twitter.com/ekpTmL8Rvg— MLB (@MLB) September 14, 2019
Arenado joins Vinny Castilla as the only Rockies with three 40-homer seasons and joins a group of Castilla, Eddie Mathews, and Mike Schmidt as third basemen to accomplish the feat. He is now just two home runs shy of his career high of 42.
Nolan was not the only Rockies All-Star to take Lucchesi deep on Friday. Trevor Story hit his 31st home run of 2019 in the fourth inning.
Oppo taco's night— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) September 14, 2019
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The two-run shot gave the Rockies a 7-2 lead, the first time they have reached the magical seven-run threshold since a 16-9 loss to the Dodgers on September 2. Story added a second home run in the game in the bottom of the sixth, extending the Rockies lead to 9-7 at the time.
The Rockies will look for their second straight series win against the Padres tomorrow. Peter Lambert will be on the mound for the home team against San Diego’s Eric Lauer. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. Mountain time.