Padres 4, Rockies 3
The San Diego Padres believe they have a special talent in Casey
The rookie pitcher showed on Saturday night why the Padres
insisted on him being included in the Adrian Gonzalez trade with
Boston in 2010.
Kelly carried a shutout into the seventh inning and Jesus Guzman
hit a three-run homer, leading the Padres to a 4-3 win over the
Kelly (2-1), making his fourth major league start, kept the
Rockies off balance with a mixture of fastballs and curveballs.
Colorado advanced just one runner to third base against Kelly
through six innings.
”You get more and more comfortable every time out there,”
Kelly said. ”Every inning you get you feel more comfortable with
the team. I think every outing is just getting more and more
Kelly looked more like the pitcher who allowed just three hits
in six scoreless inning of his major-league debut, a 3-0 win over
Atlanta on Aug. 27. In his next two outings, Kelly was hammered for
13 runs – 11 earned – on 16 hits over just eight innings.
”He had a terrific breaking ball early,” Rockies manager Jim
Tracy said. ”On his two-strike pitches, he did a great job of
making them strikes out of his hand.”
Colorado finally reached the rookie for three runs in the
Kelly allowed three runs – two earned – on seven hits over
six-plus innings. He struck out six.
”The velocity came back today, a lot of pitches in the low
90s,” Padres manager Bud Black said. ”The ball had carry and he
got his grounders and he got his strikeouts. ”He was very
Luke Gregerson pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save in 12
Rookie Drew Pomeranz (1-9) dropped his sixth straight decision
for Colorado, which lost for the eighth time in its last 10
The Rockies need to win 10 of their last 18 games to avoid tying
the franchise’s worst record at 67-95.
San Diego has won eight of 10 overall and 12 of 15 at Petco
Guzman homered to center in the third inning off Pomeranz to
give San Diego a 4-0 lead.
”A home run ball that was outside,” Pomeranz said. ”Sometimes
it happens that way. It wasn’t a bad pitch. It wasn’t even in the
strike zone. I don’t know how he hit it so far.”
Padres shortstop Andy Parrino committed a fielding error and
Tyler Colvin followed with a single to start the Rockies’
Chris Nelson then doubled in one run and Charlie Blackmon had an
RBI single to knock Kelly out of the game. Brad Brach came in and
gave up DJ LeMahieu’s sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 4-3 before
getting the final two outs.
Pomeranz was pulled after three innings with his pitch count at
67. The rookie allowed four runs on four hits with three
strikeouts, two walks and a wild pitch. The Rockies have employed a
75-pitch limit on their starters since just past mid-June.
San Diego scored in the second inning after a scary collision
between second baseman LeMahieu and right fielder Blackmon.
With Cameron Maybin on first with a two-out single, Parrino hit
a popup into shallow right field. As LeMahieu and Blackmon
converged to make the catch, they rammed their shoulders full force
into each other. Blackmon fell to the grass, but LeMahieu stayed on
his feet and got the ball into the infield as Parrino ended up with
NOTES: Pomeranz has failed to finish five innings in eight of
his last nine starts. … The Padres honored longtime broadcaster
Jerry Coleman with a bronze statue at Petco Park before Saturday
night’s game. … There was a large star cut into the center-field
grass in honor of one of Coleman’s catch phrases, ”You can hang a
star on that.” … Rockies manager Jim Tracy said his team will
modify the current 75-pitch limit on starting pitchers next season.
The Rockies will move the limit to between 75 and 90-100 pitches.
… Jordan Pacheco will start his second game at catcher on Sunday
for Colorado. Pacheco has started 104 previous games this season –
80 at third base, 23 at first and one at catcher. … When speaking
about the 2013 season, San Diego manager Bud Black said, ”The
group that you’re seeing here, position wise, will be the group
you’ll see coming back.” … Padres LF Carlos Quentin (sore right
knee) has not started in four consecutive games. … Rockies RHP
Alex White (2-8, 5.18) faces Padres LHP Andrew Werner (2-1, 2.59)
in the series finale on Sunday.