Colorado Rockies Lose Late On San Diego Padres’ Walk-Off Fielder’s Choice


Sep 7, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres center fielder W. Myers (4) leans as his ball goes foul as umpire M. Muchlinski (76) watches before making the call during the sixth inning with the bases loaded against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres met for the second NL West match-up of their four-game set in sunny southern California on Tuesday night.

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Jon Gray got another no-decision in his seventh start of the season, and the Colorado Rockies rallied in the top of the ninth inning only to see the San Diego Padres squeak out a walk-off victory in the bottom of the ninth in a 2-1 Friars win on Tuesday night at Petco Park in downtown San Diego.

Jon Gray was phenomenal for the Rockies on Tuesday night, and even though he was limited in how far he could go into the game, he proved why he was the club’s 2013 first round pick with a very solid start against the Padres.

In five innings, Gray allowed no runs — and only two hits and two walks — while striking out six Padres. Unfortunately, though, the Colorado Rockies couldn’t put anything on the board to back Gray up against Padres’ starter Colin Rea, and Gray left after five innings (and 75 pitches) with another no-decision.

The no-decision, his seventh in seven starts this year, puts Gray in an interesting historical place. He is now one of two pitchers ever to record seven straight no-decisions to start their Major League career.

Even worse for the Rockies, Gonzalez Germen came on in the bottom of the sixth inning in the 0-0 game, and promptly allowed a solo home run to the first batter he faced, Wil Myers.

Myers’ homer would stand up the rest of the way, though the Rockies got good relief appearances from Rex Brothers (scoreless seventh inning) and Miguel Castro (scoreless eighth) before making their way to the Padres’ closer, Craig Kimbrel, for the top of the ninth inning.

In the ninth, Kimbrel got Jose Reyes to ground out, and then struck out Carlos Gonzalez on a backdoor breaking ball, bringing up Nolan Arenado with two outs and nobody on, and a chance to tie the game — and the Rockies’ superstar did just that. Arenado clubbed a solo home run to left field to make the game 1-1 and send it to the bottom of the ninth inning.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Boone Logan came on and promptly gave up a double to Cory Spangenberg, before allowing former Colorado Rockies infielder Clint Barmes to bunt him to third. Then, Brett Wallace came up and hit a ground ball up the middle that scored Spangenberg and gave the Padres a walk-off win.

The Rockies and Padres return to action Wednesday night from Petco Park, before ending their series on Thursday afternoon at San Diego’s downtown stadium. The Rox then head to Seattle to take on the Mariners for three games over the weekend.

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