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The video game was scoreless through the first two innings until Khalil Greene plated Xavier Nady on an RBI single to center field. Nevin got on with a single to lead off the inning. After a few more hits, Brian Giles struck out with two men on to end the inning.
The Padres scored again in the fourth on the first pitch of the inning, a fastball down and in to Phil Nevin. He launched it near the left-field scoreboard and hit it 430 feet away. The Rockies would score in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI single by JD Closser after Dustan Mohr singled to lead off the inning to make the score 2-1.
The Padres tacked on another run in the top of the ninth inning as Xavier Nady singled in Ryan Klesko, who got on base with a triple when he launched the ball into the right-center field gap. The Rockies got two hits off of Trevor Hoffman but weren’t able to cash in as Hoffman slammed the door on San Diego’s 3-1 win. Much different than what actually happened on Opening Day 2005 when Hoffman blew the game and the Padres lost 12-10.
After the win in the real game, the Rockies would go on to lose 21 of their next 26 games, which effectively knocked them out of contention by early May (if not before).
Little did they know that there would be a light at the end of the tunnel after the 2005 season. They’d just have to wait a little bit longer.