With some home runs cranked and some decent pitching the Padres have finally arrived upon their 50th win of the season. They take the first of a three game road series against the Rockies.
Robbie Erlin kept things tight in only giving up 3 earned runs over 5 innings. Two came in the third inning on a deflected single off Erlin, then an RBI-double to Nolan Arenado. The final run allowed was a solo jack in the bottom of the fifth, his last inning pitched for the day before recording a total of 6 strikeouts, 5 hits allowed, and no walks.
Robert Stock, Jose Castillo, Craig Stammen, and Kirby Yates locked things down with shutout relief pitching. The Padres combined for 10 strikeouts against the Rockies.
They started the scoring early off Colorado when Eric Hosmer took Tyler Anderson friggin’ yard, smashing a 2-run HR to straight away center and bringing home Freddy Galvis. Galvis would plate the Friars’ third run with a sac fly, and then Austin Hedges would end up blasting the go-ahead moonshot to put the Pads up 4-3.
The Pads kept things interesting, with Stammen escaping a bases loaded situation in the bottom of the 8th, and Erlin limiting the damage in that first inning by snagging another comeback grounder and turning two.
Game two comes tomorrow with Jacob Nix facing off against Jon Gray.