You might have noticed that the Padres pitching staff looks, well, a little under-developed this year. They’re four games into the season and only Clayton Richard, of all people, has looked good. Bryan Mitchell gave up five runs in five innings today, taking the Friars out of the game before the offense ever had a chance to get in it. The offense, at least, is putting up numbers that would be serviceable behind a capable pitching staff, scoring four runs on eight hits, including two big ol’ dingers.
The Rockies got on the board with a run in the first, but Wil Myers countered that with his first bomb of the season. Wil nearly rewrote this game in the second inning when he came to the plate with bases loaded and ripped the ball to deep center field. Sadly, he fell a couple feet short and Charlie Blackmon made a stellar catch to end the inning.
A walk, an error, and two doubles in the third gave Colorado a lead they would never relinquish. Eric Hosmer and Carlos Asuaje answered that in the bottom half of the inning with two doubles and a run of their own, but the Friars had no answer to the two-run homer Ian Desmond hit in the fifth.
The Rockies scored two more in the ninth as they went back-to-back to start the inning against Kyle McGrath. Cory Spangenberg hit his own shot to lead off the last at bats of the night. After Hunter Renfroe took a free pass and scored on Jose Pirela’s triple, the flames of a miraculous comeback were stoked, but Gerardo Parra snagged Asuaje’s liner to left to douse the fire.
The Padres will aim for their first win of the season when Tyson Ross takes the mound tomorrow evening. First pitch at 7:10 PM.