The beauty of baseball is that you play until the final out is recorded. The Rockies were one out away from defeating the Padres, 5-4. However, Fernando Tatis Jr. had other ideas. On a 2-1 pitch with two outs in the top of the ninth, Tatis Jr. connected on a 92-mph fastball and sent it into the left field bleachers at Coors Field, tying the game at five a piece.
If @tatis_jr isn't your favorite player... why the heck not?#FriarFaithful pic.twitter.com/6pXMXrfpRT— San Diego Padres (@Padres) August 1, 2020
The Padres didn’t stop there. Wade Davis walked Trent Grisham and Manny Machado, putting two on for Tommy Pham. Not a wise decision there, Davis. On a 3-2 pitch, Pham connected on a fastball and sent that one into the bleachers, putting the Padres ahead 8-5.
Tommy too clutch ☝️@TphamLV • #FriarFaithful pic.twitter.com/53bqrjfIgk— San Diego Padres (@Padres) August 1, 2020
The Rockies almost came back against Kirby Yates in the bottom half of the inning, but it wasn’t enough as San Diego came out victorious, 8-7. Colorado had the bases loaded with two outs, but couldn’t pull out the win.
Garrett Richards got the start for the Padres, and given how things can go at Coors Field, he did fairly well. He allowed four runs on eight hits, but was able to give his team 5 2⁄3 innings, saving his bullpen from needing to pitch majority of the game. He also struck out six.
The Padres didn’t get on board until the sixth inning. Machado brought in a run with a single, and then Pham tied the game with a fielders choice. Machado then game in to score courtesy of a wild pitch, giving the Padres the lead.
The Rockies took the lead in the bottom of the sixth, and then again in the bottom of the seventh. As mentioned earlier, they were one out away from coming out on top.
WP: Craig Stammen (1-0) 1 1⁄3 IP, 0 ER, 1 SO
LP: Wade Davis (0-1) 2⁄3 IP, 4 ER
SV: Drew Pomeranz (2) 1⁄3 IP
Home runs: Fernando Tatis Jr. (2), Tommy Pham (1), Charlie Blackmon (1), Trevor Story (3)
Joey Lucchesi (0-0, 4.91 ERA) takes the mound for San Diego tomorrow as they try and pick up the series win. First pitch is at 5:10 p.m. PT.