After a 35 minute weather delay, the Padres beat the Rockies 8-7. Tommy Pham’s three-run home run broke a 5-5 tie game in the top of the ninth to take the Rockies home opener, and end Colorado’s four-game winning streak.
Chuck goes off early
Charlie Blackmon got the Rockies on the board in the first inning with a 446-foot shot to center field to drive in Trevor Story to take the lead 2-0. The Rockies maintained a 2-0 lead into the sixth where things started to get dicey for Gray.
Sixth inning ignites battle of the bats
The Rockies maintained their 2-0 lead through the top of the sixth when Padres third basemen Manny Machado ignited a scoring spree with an RBI single to drive in Jake Cronenworth, who made his MLB debut earlier this week. The Padres scored two more runs to take a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth. Matt Kemp put the Rockies back in the lead with a line drive double to bring in Ryan McMahon and Sam Hilliard to regain a 4-3 lead heading into the top of the seventh.
The batters duel continued into the seventh. The Padres scored right away to tie the game 4-4, but not for long. Story answered with a go-ahead opposite side home run to take back the lead 5-4 — his third home run of the year.
Ninth inning trouble
Tatis answered the Rockies lead in the top of the ninth with a two-out line drive home run to center field tie the game 5-5. Tommy Pham followed with a three-run home run to bring the Padres lead to 8-5 with two outs on the board. The Rockies fought back in the bottom of the inning with a single from Blackmon to drive in David Dahl to bring the score to 8-6, followed by a run walked in to bring it to 8-7. Unfortunately, the Rockies couldn’t bring in any more runs, and the final out was made with the bases loaded.
What a home opener though!
Gray shines through six
Gray finished the game going 5 2⁄3 innings pitched, allowing four hits and two strikeouts. His ERA for the season is now 3.84. Prior to tonight’s game, Gray was 10-4 with a 2.97 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) against San Diego. Last year, Gray was 6-2 with a 3.46 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) at Coors Field. Garrett Richards went 5 2⁄3 innings for the Padres with six strikeouts. Craig Stammen collected the win and Drew Pomeranz converted the save, with Wade Davis taking the loss.
The Rockies will continue their home opening series tomorrow night with Kyle Freeland on the hill against the Padres at 6:10 p.m. MT.