It didn’t start out the way Padres fans wanted, but it certainly ended in ideal fashion.
San Diego (20-14) recorded their 20th win on the back of a 19-hit effort that helped them come back from an early four-run deficit in the first inning.
The Rockies (16-16) recorded three hits in the opening stanza which was capped off by DH Matt Kemp’s three-run shot. It looked like another instant collapse by the Friars, who suffered from that same fate in the second half of Thursday’s double-header against the Mariners, but the bullpen was up to the challenge.
Zach Davies responded by pitching four more innings of shutout baseball, finishing with six Ks and allowing just two more from the second inning on.
The athletic Jorge Mateo’s base hit in the fourth put the Padres on the board for the first, shrinking the lead to 4-1. One inning later, a pair of doubles by Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers drove in a run apiece before Ty France brought Myers home with a single to complete the comeback 4-4.
After a sac fly by Manny Machado in the sixth which gave San Diego the lead 5-4, France smacked a bases-clearing double to give them their own four-run lead. A Myers single in the eighth and sac fly by Jake Cronenworth put the final two nails in the coffin, extending the Padres’ lead to the final 10-4 score.
Hosmer and Myers both finished 4-of-5 at the plate while Machado and France each recorded three hits. It was an incredibly-efficient outing for the Friars who will be right back in Coors Field this evening at 5:10pm. Expect a big team effort by the bullpen as left-hander Adrian Morejon (0-0) will get the start against Antonio Senzatela (3-1).