So we’re doing this again, huh?
Things aren’t quite so crazy in this series yet, but the teams have combined for 39 runs in a pair of Rockies wins, including Saturday’s in which they held on for an 11-10 victory.
Chuck goes deep
Charlie Blackmon started a six-run Rockies rally in the bottom of the third with a solo home run against Padres lefty starter Eric Lauer:
The homer was Blackmon’s 28th of the season and the only one of the Rockies 12 hits that left the yard.
Murphy goes big
Daniel Murphy accounted for four of the Rockies’ 12 hits and also drove in four runs, scoring a run as well. Three of Murphy’s hits on his 44-for-5 night were singles, with the lone extra=base hit coming in the fifth when he drove in Trevor Story with a double.
Rockies starter Peter Lambert earned his first win in more than three months, and his first against a team other than the Cubs. Lambert pitched five innings, allowing five runs, all earned, on five hits with three walks and no strikeouts. He threw just 74 pitches, 46 for strikes, but left the game with a 10-5 lead en route to the victory.
Rockies reliever Jesús Tinoco, the infamous “third prospect” in the Troy Tulowitzki trade, earned his first career save on Saturday. Tinoco entered an 11-10 game in the eighth just before Travis Jankowski was caught stealing to end the frame and then pitched a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the win and earn his first big league save.
The Rockies will look to sweep the Padres tomorrow afternoon, with Chi Chi Gonzalez taking the mound against San Diego’s Cal Quantrill. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Mountain time.