The crowd roared when Carlos Quentin's name was announced in the lineup. It was clear last night's brawl had lit a fire under the team and the fanbase. This was a team that would not be overlooked nor pushed around. These were fighters, untamed animals ready to pounce. The Rockies didn't stand a chance.
At least, that's how it felt until the top of the 8th. A little bit of sloppy baseball and a lot of luck allowed two runs in the top of the 1st, but the Padres got them right back when Yonder Alonso hit a two-run shot to dead center field. Likewise, there was no time to be discouraged when Dexter Fowler took Tyson Ross deep in the 5th. Ross retired the next two batters, then Nick Hundley doubled and scored on a Will Venable single. Things really started looking up in the 7th when Jedd Gyorko singled before another Hundley double and Venable single. And then it all fell apart.
The 8th began with a walk, a fielder's choice, and an error by Gyorko. One run would come in when Todd Helton hit a hard double off of Luke Gregerson. The tying run would score on a tight play at the plate. It looked like the game might go all night, but then Huston Street came in. He would serve Fowler is second homer of the night and his sixth of the season. It was the winning run, but he immediately gave up a second to Josh Rutledge, and that was all she wrote.
It's the third close, disappointing loss in a row. The boys are going to have to pull it together and rally over the weekend. They need to remember the fire that Quentin lit last night and take that energy to Los Angeles.
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|San Diego Padres||2||0||0||0||1||0||2||0||0||5||9||1|
|WP: Rex Brothers (1 - 0)
SV: Rafael Betancourt (4)
LP: Huston Street (0 - 1)