The Padres and Rockies played an extremely odd game tonight. A catcher hit a triple. A third baseman made three errors. A team scored while being no-hit. Both teams combined for a mere nine hits over thirteen frames. And all of it ended in extra innings when a rookie went yard. That rookie, of course, was Franmil Reyes, who brought his home run total to an even dozen when he walked it off in the bottom of the thirteenth.
But before the game turned into a late-night endurance contest, Eric Lauer dazzled in his return from the disabled list. He threw five hitless innings while only allowing two walks in the process. A run bizarrely managed to cross the plate on his watch, but the blame for that fell on Wil Myers, who played some exceptionally bad defense tonight, committing two fielding errors and one throwing error.
Offensively, the Padres didn’t have a ton of oomph. They had six hits, and only two of those came against Rockies starter German Márquez, who held the Friars to two runs over eight innings, while fanning thirteen. But those two early runs were key tonight. Hunter Renfroe started the second inning rally with a single up the middle, and Austin Hedges brought him home with his first career triple. A Freddy Galvis sacrifice fly gave the good guys their second run of the evening. They had to cherish it, as they wouldn’t get another for eleven more innings.
The Rockies got on the board in the fourth, and, uh, it was weird. Lauer got the first out easily enough, but then he beaned Trevor Story and walked Matt Holliday. Carlos Gonzalez flied out, and Story took third on the play. That shouldn’t have been a big deal, as Ian Desmond hit a grounder to Wil Myers... who totally missed it. That plated Story and cut the lead in half.
Trey Wingenter took over for Lauer in the sixth, and it started badly. He walked Story on four straight pitches, and Holliday followed up with a single that sent Story to the opposite corner. Wingenter bounced back by punching out Gonzalez on three straight pitches. He nearly escaped unscathed when Ian Desmond hit a grounder to third, but the infield couldn’t quite turn the double play in time. The game was tied.
Wingenter escaped the sixth without further damage, and the rest of the bullpen combined for an impressive seven scoreless innings, including a crucial three frame performance from Robert Stock. The rookie reliever was rewarded for his endurance with his first career win, courtesy of Reyes. La Mole came to the plate with two out, and the third pitch he saw from Bryan Shaw was a high hanging slider. He demolished it, launching it through the heavy evening air all the way into the bullpen in left center field.
The Padres have a nice three game winning streak going, and Brett Kennedy will try to continue it as he searches for his first win tomorrow. First pitch at 7:10 PM.