With all the relief pitchers used in Saturday night’s marathon
game between Colorado and San Diego, both teams would love to get
long outings from their starters in the series finale.
Neither the Rockies’ Ubaldo Jimenez nor the Padres’ Jon Garland
were able to do that on opening day, however.
Jimenez and Garland look to bounce back and give their
respective bullpens a break when they square off Sunday at Coors
After Colorado’s easy 7-0 win in Friday’s series opener,
Saturday’s game featured far more drama. The Padres won 5-4 after
Adrian Gonzalez doubled in David Eckstein in the 14th inning, the
first runner to cross home plate since the Rockies’ Brad Hawpe tied
the score with his second homer of the game in the sixth.
San Diego (2-3) had several chances to break the deadlock
earlier, but went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position and
left 13 men on base.
“We had some opportunities late and we just couldn’t get the big
knock,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “But the pitching held us
together and finally we broke through.”
The bullpens for each team pitched well, but they also racked up
The Padres had six relievers combine to throw eight shutout
innings and the Rockies also used six relievers over seven innings.
Colorado (2-3) managed only two hits off San Diego’s relief
“I don’t know what happened with our offense,” Rockies third
baseman Ian Stewart said. “It was one of those nights where we
couldn’t get a hit (late), let alone a clutch hit.”
Colorado left fielder Carlos Gonzalez managed only one hit in
six at-bats, and is 2 for 11 in the last two games after starting
the season 8 for 15. He should have a good chance of getting back
on track Sunday, as he’s 7 for 11 with five doubles lifetime
With the bullpens exhausted, Jimenez (1-0, 1.50 ERA) and Garland
(0-1, 4.50) will try to step up in the finale.
In the Rockies’ season-opening 5-3 win at Milwaukee on Monday,
Jimenez allowed one run and eight hits with six strikeouts in six
innings, but was removed after throwing 99 pitches. The
hard-throwing right-hander, whose fastball hit 99 mph on the
stadium’s radar gun, had to face a few extra batters because of
errors by Stewart and Troy Tulowitzki.
Garland was also hurt by his defense in Monday’s 6-3 opening-day
loss to Arizona as Everth Cabrera and Chase Headley committed
errors leading to a short outing. The right-hander ended up
allowing six runs – two earned – and five hits in four innings in
his San Diego debut.
Garland pitched for Arizona and the Los Angeles Dodgers last
season, and made two starts against the Rockies, going 1-0 with a
Jimenez faced the Padres once in 2009, allowing three runs and
three hits with 10 strikeouts in seven innings of a 5-3 win on July
17. He is 3-1 with a 4.50 ERA in his last four starts against the
Padres, limiting them to a .157 batting average.
Jimenez was 8-5 with a 3.34 ERA in 15 starts at Coors Field last
season. He was at his best in Denver down the stretch, going 4-1
with a 2.72 ERA in seven home starts after the All-Star break.