Colorado Rockies Done In By The Long Ball For The Second Night In A Row
Jul 18, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher C. Bettis (35) reacts after giving up a solo home run to San Diego Padres catcher A. Hedges (18) during the fourth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies gave up a homer to the most unlikely of San Diego Padres’ hitters on Saturday night, and it sealed the game.
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A night after allowing three home runs to the San Diego Padres in what’s typically a pitcher-friendly ballpark, the Colorado Rockies allowed two more on Saturday and lost 5-4 thanks to a former Rockie’s untimely long ball.
Clint Barmes hit a two-run shot off Tommy Kahnle in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie, and the 5-3 lead was just what the Padres needed to win their fourth straight game — and send the Rockies to their second straight loss starting the second half of the season.
Chad Bettis started for the Rockies, and threw fairly well. He ended up going six innings, allowing three runs — including a solo homer to Austin Hedges — on three hits and three walks, while striking out five Padres. However, after leaving under a 3-3 tie, he wouldn’t factor into the decision.
The loss was charged to Christian Friedrich (0-2), who walked the only batter he faced to begin the seventh inning before Kahnle allowed the long ball to Barmes.
The Rockies were able to get one back in the bottom of the eighth inning when Troy Tulowitzki hit a long second-deck home run himself off Joaquin Benoit. But the solo shot wasn’t enough, and for the second night in a row, Craig Kimbrel slammed the door on the Rockies in the ninth, this time, striking out the side.
Earlier, the Rockies pushed three runs across thanks to an RBI groundout in the fourth inning from Carlos Gonzalez, and later, a two-run seventh inning highlighted by an RBI triple from Brandon Barnes, and an RBI double from Wilin Rosario. While those two seventh inning runs brought the Rockies to a tie game, the bullpen faltered and the Rox lost again.
The Rockies are now 39-51, and face the Padres for the final game of the series Sunday afternoon in San Diego, before a series against the Texas Rangers.