The Padres jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back in Wednesday night’s win, which sealed the Rockies first road series loss of the sim season. Joey Luchessi got the best of the Rockies (8-9) again, going six solid innings, giving up two runs on six hits with six strikeouts. In trying to add something positive here, both teams celebrated Jackie Robinson day as every sim player wore the MLB-wide retired No. 42.
Sim Gray Struggles
Sim Jon Gray isn’t off to a good start this season. The Gray Wolf fell to 1-3 on the year after giving up all six runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings. He didn’t walk anyone and had four strikeouts. Gray surrendered a two-run homer to Fernando Tatis Jr. in the first, Brian Dozier and Juan Lagares both hit RBI singles in the fourth, and then Tommy Pham and Manny Machado both hit solo homers in the fifth to force Gray out of the game.
The Bullpen Was Solid?
It’s true. It’s hard to believe, but the Rockies bullpen didn’t give up any runs on Wednesday in an attempt to redeem itself after Tuesday’s failures. Jeff Hoffman pitched a scoreless 1 2⁄3 innings and was followed by more scoreless performances from Carlos Estévez and Wade Davis. Yes that is the Davis who recently lost his role as closer because of his inability to hold a lead, but showed he is capable of pitching a 1-2-3 inning. Of course, by the time the bullpen came in on Wednesday, there was no lead to blow.
Hits But Not Enough Runs
The Rockies totaled 11 hits, just one less than San Diego. Once again, the Rockies struggled to bring runners home, leaving six on base and grounding into three double plays. Ryan McMahon went 2-for-4 with a double and a run, David Dahl doubled and scored a run, Nolan Arenado went 2-for-4 with an RBI, Daniel Murphy pushed his hitting streak to six games after going 2-for-4, and Raimel Tapia drove in one run.
Due to technical difficulties, there is only audio for the first three innings, but then the video picks up with play-by-play in the fourth inning.
Colorado (8-9) will be looking to avoid the sweep in Thursday’s series finale. Germán Márquez will get the start for the Rockies and will face off against San Diego’s Garrett Richards. The game will start at 1:45 p.m. MT.