The San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies behind a solid pitching performance by Zach Davies and a multitude of hits. The Padres spotted the Rockies a 4-0 lead early, but erased the early deficit after getting to Kyle Freeland in the fifth inning. They didn’t stop there as their offense, powered by four-hit performances by Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers, carried them to ten runs. The loss puts an end to a three-game winning streak for the Rockies and pulls their record to an even 16-16. The Padres improved to 20-14, good for second place in the NL West and four games behind the Dodgers.
Freeland falls short of quality start
Coming into today’s game, Kyle Freeland had started off the season with six straight quality starts. Today, however, he fell short. He started the game off strong, keeping the Padres off the board through three innings. In the fourth, he found himself in a jam with the bases loaded and one out. He was able to strike out Trent Grisham and then get Fernando Tatis Jr. to pop up to second base, both on full counts. But in the fifth inning, four of the first five hitters in the inning reached base and the Padres chased Freeland from the game after tying it 4-4 on an RBI single by Ty France. The final line for Freeland was 4 ⅓ IP, 4 ER, 11 H, 0 BB, 2 K.
Padres hit parade
The Padres have been playing well lately and that momentum has followed them to Denver. They scored ten runs off of 19 hits in the ballgame, none of which were home runs. Hosmer and Myers led the charge, each going 4-for-5 with three runs scored. Ty France also starred offensively going 3-for-4 with a double and four runs batted in, breaking the game open in the sixth when he hit a two-out, bases-loaded double and put the Padres ahead 8-4.
Highlights at the dish
Nolan Arenado kept his recent hitting surge going with a 3-for-4 day at the plate and a walk. Matt Kemp hit a three-run blast in the first inning that sailed 468 feet, good for the fourth longest home run of the season thus far.
The Rockies and Padres will be at it again tomorrow in Denver for Game 2 of the four-game series. Antonio Senzatela (3-1, 3.96 ERA) will take on Adrian Morejon (0-0 5.79 ERA).