The Rockies made it exciting in the ninth inning, but unfortunately there wasn’t any LoDo magic tonight as they fell to the Padres 6-5. It was their first loss against the Padres in 11 games, and the first time they won’t sweep the Friars in three-straight series.
José Ureña had a decent, albeit up-and-down, night. He threw six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Jake Cronenworth got things going early, hitting a single to start the game. The first inning was a bit weird, alternating between a man on base and an out: single, strikeout, double, sac fly, walk, groundout. In the first and third innings, Ureña faced six batters. In the second and fourth, he went 1-2-3.
Grichuk does it all
Randal Grichuk had an absolutely stellar night, at least in the second half. After a Charlie Blackmon triple in the third inning, Grichuk was the next Rockie to score with his ninth home run of the season to cut into the lead (at that point) 3-2.
That wasn’t it for Grichuk, though. He made back-to-back diving catches in the ninth inning. The first Superman catch in the gap denied Nomar Mazara a three-hit night; the second sliding catch at the wall denied Luke Voit his first hit.
Randal Grichuk makes two fabulous catches in the 9th pic.twitter.com/1kaTBUFszi— RoxGifsVids (@RoxGifsVids) July 12, 2022
Grichuk also started a rally in the ninth with a single to lead things off. Connor Joe knocked him in three batters later, and then Joe was knocked in by a Blackmon double to make the final score 6-5.
With an RBI double in the eighth, José Iglesias recorded his 1,000th career hit. It was his 19th double of the year — tied with newly-minted All-Star C.J. Cron — and with that hit, he became the 19th Cuban-born player to reach that mark. Congrats to José!
The Rockies will continue the home stand with three more against the Padres. Austin Gomber (4-7, 6.46 ERA) will start for the Rockies against Padres’ righty Mike Clevinger (2-1, 3.34 ERA). First pitch is at 6:40 p.m. MT.