Wayback Wednesday: Colorado Rockies 4, San Diego Padres 2


Jun 6, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher J. Hammel (39) throws to the Washington Nationals during the fourth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit:

Brad Mills


It’s Wayback Wednesday, on a Friday! Reminisce on an old Colorado Rockies game as you enjoy their current-day struggles in the NL West. 

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Five years ago today, the Colorado Rockies defeated the San Diego Padres 4-2 at Coors Field behind 6.1 solid innings from Jason Hammel, and home runs from Melvin Mora (remember him?) and Carlos Gonzalez.

The Rockies went up 4-0 off Padres’ starter Wade LeBlanc, and overcame a two-run seventh inning by the Padres to win the game, moving to 49-38 (!) on the season in the process.

Because each one of these Wayback Wednesday posts is a little different, let’s run down all the now-former Rockies that were playing in that game, and where they are now…

Jason Hammel. Starting pitcher, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, W (7-3). Hammel has had quite a career since leaving Colorado. He found a home as a starter in Baltimore, and then Oakland, and then was part of a midseason trade to Chicago, and is now having a career season with the Chicago Cubs as a frontline starter on a playoff-hopeful team. Unfortunately, Hammel left his last start with a hamstring injury, though, so the Cubs may be shopping for a pitcher in the interim (we’ve got a guy, you would love Kyle Kendrick!).

Jonathan Herrera. Starting second baseman, 1-for-4, 1 K. The Rockies traded Herrera in December 2013 for Franklin Morales and Chris Martin, and Herrera was never quite the same, struggling in 2014 with the Red Sox before going to the Chicago Cubs this year. He’s hitting .250/.268/.325 in 41 games.

Clint Barmes. Starting shortstop, 2-for-2, 2 BB. The Rockies shipped Barmes to the Astros for Felipe Paulino (yikes) later in 2010, and the middle infielder has since bounced around Houston, Pittsburgh (linking up with old skipper Clint Hurdle) and now San Diego, where he is the club’s sometimes-starting shortstop.

Matt Belisle. Relief pitcher, 1 IP, 0 R. Belisle had an up and down career with the Rockies before being granted free agency over the winter and choosing to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals. He is now on the disabled list after having a solid start to the season in St. Louis.

Huston Street. Closer, 1 IP, 0 R, 2 K, SV. Street is well-known to Rockies fans; he saved a ball game on Wednesday night in Denver playing for the Los Angeles Angels.

Dexter Fowler. Starting center fielder, 0-for-5, 3 K. Fowler ought to also be well-known to Rockies fans, playing center field right now for the Chicago Cubs, and, of course, hitting a go-ahead home run off LaTroy Hawkins earlier this year during the Rockies’ Opening Weekend in Denver. (Boy, doesn’t that seem like forever ago?)

Joe Beimel. Relief pitcher, 0.2 IP, 0 R. Between 2010 and now, Beimel spent two years away from the big leagues, but he has since returned as a lefty specialist for the Seattle Mariners, and he’s having a very nice 2015 campaign that’s followed up a really strong 2014 in the Pacific Northwest.

Ian Stewart. Pinch hitter, 1-for-1. Stewart had a weird career after it was clear he wasn’t the Rockies’ third baseman of the future, and despite some very public meltdowns and some very public big league failures, he is currently in AAA in the Washington Nationals’ system, hitting .200/.310/.400 for Syracuse in the International League. The Rockies acquired DJ LeMahieu when they traded Stewart to the Cubs, by the way.

Yorvit Torrealba. Not a Rockie (in this game), but a former Rockie with two tenures in Denver! Padres’ catcher, 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 K. Torrealba’s big league career ended in Denver after 2013, but he’ll always be remembered (fondly, I hope) for his great work behind the plate with the Rockies’ two playoff teams in 2007, and, to a lesser extent, 2009.

BOX SCORE — July 10, 2010: Colorado Rockies 4, San Diego Padres 2

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