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SD 6, COL 2: Friars give Bud Black a warm return to Petco

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Margot, Solarte, and Schimpf explode on Rockies pitching.

Colorado Rockies v San Diego Padres Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

The Padres are home-sweet-home once more, and so is an old friendly face. Bud Black and his Colorado Rockies (or, the Colorado Rockies and their Bud Black) returned to San Diego, marking Black’s first visit to Petco Park since being bunted off the Padres staff. It was a warm welcome in more ways than one.

Trevor Cahill had his second start in Petco, facing off against the Rockies’ Tyler Chatwood. Spoiler alert: Cahill thoroughly outperformed Chatwood. He went six full innings giving up a lone run, unearned, off a marginal throwing error from Austin Hedges trying to catch Ian Desmond stealing second. However, under Cahill’s command, he struck out 7 and gave up only 3 hits and 0 walks.

Before that ugly error, Cory Spangenberg displayed some defensive star-hanging prowess, notching the second out of the 2nd inning.

Meanwhile, Chatwood was dealing a no-hitter into the 6th inning. That was until Manuel Margot seared a hit up the middle, bouncing before Charlie Blackmon’s diving glove. With Cahill on first, Margot was running hard. Running even harder was Cahill with Margot right on his heels. An inside-the-parker turned triple put the Friars on the board, 1-1.

By the then, the meat of the lineup was dialed in. Wil Myers got on top of a high 96 MPH fastball which this time aired right over Blackmon’s head in center. Margot scored easily, and Myers cruised in safely for an RBI-double. Then, Yangervis Solarte got in on the action, smashing a no-doubter a section deep into right-field.

Ryan Schimpf got bored of tanking his BABIP on just walks, so he hit a home run too, his into deep center.

Then, in the 7th, Spangy “carved” himself an RBI as well.

More importantly (sorry Spangy), Alexi Amarista, our former lil’ Ninja, came in and popped off a pinch-hit single. He was greeted with some boo’s, but mostly applause. Regardless, it was good to see the former Friar. I don’t even care if he scored a run.

Finally, Brandon Maurer came in and shut down the Rockies with back-to-back-to-back strikeouts for the win.