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SD0, COL6: Home Runs Stifle Friars

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September hasn't been kind to the Padres so far, and being swept by the cellar-dwellers of your division isn't all that great either.

Joe Robbins

Coming off a very good August posting a 2.78 ERA, Tyson Ross entered his second start for September after kicking off the month with a home win against the D-Backs. Unfortunately for Ross, this wasn't Petco Park and these weren't the D-Backs. But with the current Rockies lineup batting a collective .221 against Tyson, things could have gone well. But then again, this is Coors Field.

At the tail end of the second inning Jackson Williams aired a three-run HR on a hanging slider, making things 0-3. After a few short Padres three-up-three-down plate appearances, Ross would have already left the game after 6 innings of damage control. Robbie Erlin came in to relieve (after a marathon of spent pitchers from the game before) and gave up a 2-run HR of his own, another hit, and a triple gave the Rockies a fat 0-6 lead.

In nine innings of baseball the San Diego Padres couldn't be bothered to produce much more than 6 hits, leaving seven on base and squandering 7 RISP opportunities. Jedd Gyorko showed up and went 2-3 with a walk, and Cory Spangenberg collected another hit to add to his new collection. Regardless, the Friars somehow managed to get shutout in Coors Field.

The win projection graph today looked just as stupid as the dumb Rocky Mountains.


Source: FanGraphs

Tomorrow the Pads will head back west to bring some of the misery to the Dodgers to further soil their lead on the NL West. Odrisamer Despaigne will get the ball against some dude named Clayton Kershaw. My suggestion is bring Tyson Ross in for some pinch hitting. After all, we've got some killer power off the bench.

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Not a whole lot of action one would have expected on a hot Sunday afternoon. TheThinGwynn won at recs. I also heard there's some new sportball competition that premiered on the game channels today.