In their final home game of 2014, the Padres matched their record of the past two years by putting away their 76th win.
Joe Wieland had a rough start, giving up a solo shot to Charlie Blackmon to start off the game. After following that up with a walk to Rafael Ynoa, he settled down, retiring the next ten in a row. Rockies starter Yohan Flande didn't fare nearly as well. Though he retired two batters in a row after allowing a leadoff double to Yangervis Solarte, Flande beaned Yasmani Grandal and gave up a laser of a homer to Tommy Medica before finally striking out Rymer Liriano to end the inning.
Medica would burn Flande again in the fourth inning. After Grandal singled to open the frame, Tommy scorched a ball down the right field line. Though it was originally called foul, video clearly showed the ball kicking up chalk, and Bud Black successfully challenged the call. That put runners on second and third with nobody out. After getting Liriano to strike out again, Flande put Adam Moore on first to bring up Alexi Amarista. While it wasn't as impressive as Medica's homer in the first, a ground out to second was good enough to bring a run home.
Wieland outlasted Flande, but also ran into some serious trouble before getting lifted. With one out in the sixth inning, he issued back to back walks. That caused Buddy to go to the pen for R.J. Alvarez... who promptly gave up back to back RBI singles to Michael Cuddyer and Corey Dickerson. Darren Balsley went out to tell him to make some f___ing pitches, and he did, retiring the next two Rockies. Nick Vincent, Kevin Quackenbush, and Joaquin Benoit combined to shut Colorado down for the last three innings and wrap up their final homestand in style.
Reigning NL Player of the Week Andrew Cashner opens the final series of the season in San Francisco at 7:15 PM tomorrow. Join us for a good cry, won't you?
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