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Padres 4, Rockies 3: Big Bats Bring Big Win

Denis Poroy

Jesse Hahn got burned by a bad pitch for the second start in a row, but the offense came to his rescue this time. Two homers put the Padres on top of the last place Rockies.

The first few innings of the game were pretty dull. So dull, in fact, that Jordan Lyles didn't give up a single hit. Yonder Alonso changed that in the fourth, hitting a line drive into the Petco Porch. Jedd Gyorko followed that up with a single. Yasmani Grandal doubled to center, which should have set up the Padres for an even bigger inning, but sloppy baserunning let Colorado catch him easily at home.

Three of the five hits Hahn allowed came in the sixth inning. Justin Morneau and Nolan Arenado led off with back to back singles, but home runs were the name of the game tonight. After three fastballs, Corey Dickerson took Jesse's curveball deep to right field. Bud Black went to the bullpen for Nick Vincent, who ended the inning without further damage.

Dickerson's homer didn't go unchallenged in the bottom half of the inning. Yonder Alonso hit a one-out single, and Gyorko followed up with one of his own. Yonder managed to take third on the throw with a slick slide (I know, I can't believe it, either). Clearly terrified of his running prowess (I KNOW), the Rockies tried to pick Yonder off, but Arenado blew the catch, allowing Jedd to move into scoring position. Grandal drew a walk to load things up, and Rymer Liriano got his first big league RBI with a sacrifice fly.

It only took one more inning to get Hahn off the hook. Abraham Almonte led off the seventh with a double. Will Venable laid down a perfect bunt to move him to third, but it turned out to be unneeded. Yangervis Solarte drilled one over the left field fence to put the good guys up 4-3. Kevin Quackenbush and Joaquin Benoit struck out six Rockies in a row to wrap this one up in a nice little bow.

Odrisamer Despaigne takes the hill tomorrow at 7:10 PM. Let's go for four in a row!

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