Tonight's game was decidedly less controversy-filled but nearly as exciting. The Padres fully outplayed the Rockies, laying down consistent offense and defense. A fundamental win and a fun series win. Their first series win of the season!
Joey Lucchesi threw for his second game against the Rockies this month after shutting them out last Thursday. Tonight he was dominating again, allowing 2 (“unearned”) runs off 4 hits, notching 8 strikeouts over 6 innings. The only damage Lucchesi allowed was at his own hand by allowing Chris Iannetta on base after throwing a soft, awkward lob into the dirt that Hosmer couldn’t pick and getting bested by Trevor Story for a first-pitch 2-run HR.
Still, that sweet, sweet, Padres bullpen shut things down; repped by Kazuhisa Makita, Robbie Erlin, Adam Cimber, and closed out by Brad Hand. After 4 hits off Lucchesi, the Rockies would only find one more hit off Hand in the 9th, countered by a double-play groundout and a liner to Freddy Galvis to end things.
The lineup was seeing the ball tonight, collecting 10 hits off the Rockies’ starter Tyler Anderson (who had last shutout the Pads across 6 innings) and 3 off Bryan Shaw (who also shut out the Pads up until tonight.)
The Friars sprinkled the damage across the night, first picking at the 2 run Rockies lead with a two-out Jose Pirela RBI-double, Pirela’s fourth double of the season so far.
Later, in the 5th, Austin Hedges saw a first pitch high-80’s cut fastball, he saw it connect to his bat, and saw it land deep into the left-center field seats for a solo homer, his second of the season:
A run here and there is nice, but Hunter Renfroe was looking for some serious damage to put away the Rockies and break the 2-2 tie. Another first-pitch cutter, Renfroe smashed an opposite-field home run, his first of the season, at what I’m going to guess was recorded on statcast at roughly 250 MPH:
By the end of the night, in the 9th inning, Manuel Margot was hit by a 95 MPH fastball in the ribs. Matt Szczur came in to pinch-run. Margot will undergo X-rays to find out the damage, which looked pretty rough as Margot rolled to the ground immediately after getting drilled. Fingers crossed that he’ll only be sporting a nasty bruise by tomorrow as the Pads look to record a sweep before the second week of April!