Home runs by Trevor Story and Elias Diaz were not enough Friday night, as the Padres fought back from a 4-1 deficit to beat the Rockies 7-4. Eric Hosmer came up big for the Padres by slugging a double in the sixth inning to drive in two runs and tie the game at 4. The Padres would scratch across two more runs in the inning on sacrifice flies and the bullpen secured the victory.
Rockies race to early lead
Trevor Story led off the bottom of the first with a 455 foot moonshot off of Joey Lucchesi to give the Rockies an early 1-0 lead. Manny Machado would counter with a solo shot of his own in the second to even the score, but it would not remain tied for long. In the bottom of the third, a Charlie Blackmon single followed by a Nolan Arenado double put two runners in scoring position for Elias Diaz who crushed a line drive home run to give the Rockies a 4-1 lead.
Castellani starts strong, but fades
Through five innings the Padres were held to one hit, a home run off the bat of Machado, as Ryan Castellani looked sharp working through the order the first two times around. In the sixth inning, however, Tyler Naquin led off the inning with a double and began a string of five straight hits to chase Castellani from the game. Jeff Hoffman was called in from the bullpen with the score tied 4-4 and runners on second and third. He was able to get Will Myers and Francisco Mejia to fly out to right field but both balls were deep enough to score the runners from third, bringing the score to 6-4. Tim Collins would then give up a solo home run to Robbie Grossman to increase the deficit to 7-4.
The Rockies will turn to German Marquez who will face the Padres’ Garrett Richards in Saturday’s Game 2 matchup. There will be no broadcast, but we will have the recap tomorrow for you right here on Purple Row!