Colorado Rockies, Chris Rusin Blown Out By San Diego Padres In Loss
By Bobby DeMuro
Sep 9, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Colorado Rockies left fielder C. Dickerson (6) cannot get to a double by San Diego Padres catcher D. Norris (not pictured) during the third inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres met once again on Wednesday night for their third game in their four-game NL West series at Petco Park.
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The San Diego Padres jumped all over Colorado Rockies’ starter Chris Rusin, and stayed on the Rox bullpen throughout the night, leading to a blowout 11-4 victory for the Friars Wednesday over Colorado at Petco Park.
The Rockies jumped out to an early lead off James Shields and the Padres, thanks to back-to-back RBI singles from Justin Morneau and DJ LeMahieu in the top of the first inning that made the game 2-0. But, as you probably expect, the game was far from over, and the Padres would do more than make up for the early deficit.
Matt Kemp hit an opposite field solo home run off Rockies’ starter Chris Rusin in the bottom of the first, and then the Padres got another run when Rusin walked Shields — on four pitches — with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second to make it a 2-2 game.
Unfortunately, Rusin never had his best stuff on Wednesday night, and he would pay dearly for it. In the bottom of the third inning, he allowed a three-run home run to Jedd Gyorko, and then back to back doubles to Derek Norris and Melvin Upton, Jr. That made the score 6-2 in favor of the Padres, and knowing the Rockies’ road hitting woes, a four-run lead is usually insurmountable.
To the Colorado Rockies’ credit, they didn’t give up that early; in the top of the fourth inning, Dustin Garneau slugged a two-run home run to make it a 6-4 game and give the Rox some hope of sticking around, but Rusin was done after three innings. In all, he allowed six runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out only one and giving up two home runs.
Christian Bergman would throw scoreless innings in the fourth and fifth to move things along for Colorado before Simon Castro came on for the sixth inning.
Between the sixth and the seventh, though, the Padres would blow the game wide open. Three runs in the sixth — all charged to Castro –made the game 9-4 in favor of San Diego, while two more runs in the seventh inning against little-used lefty reliever Jason Gurka put the game completely out of reach at 11-4.
The Rockies went quietly in the eighth and ninth after that, dropping the contest and ensuring that they will need to win on Thursday afternoon in order to split the series with the Padres.
The Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres will meet again on Thursday afternoon from San Diego (at 1:30 pm MT) before the Rox head up to Seattle for a three-game series beginning Friday night.