Rockies 6, Padres 2
The Colorado Rockies got exactly what they needed to end a
five-game losing streak – a win by a pitcher making his big league
debut and an offensive outburst.
Left-hander Christian Friedrich pitched six solid innings to win
his debut and Jason Giambi and Wilin Rosario hit RBI doubles off
the top of the fences at Petco Park as the Rockies rallied to beat
the San Diego Padres 6-2 Tuesday.
The Rockies denied the Padres their first series sweep of the
season. It was just the second time in 12 road games that the
Rockies scored more than four runs. The Rockies had 13 hits,
including at least one by every regular.
Just as big, Friedrich helped stabilize a rotation that’s
struggled due to injuries and ineffectiveness. Friedrich (1-0) held
San Diego to two runs, one earned, on six hits while striking out
seven and walking one. He was Colorado’s first-round pick in the
2008 amateur draft.
”I guess it’s a dream come true,” Friedrich said. ”I
struggled the last two years. To come up here and have some
success, I know it’s only one, but it feels great. It’s a weight
lifted off my shoulders. Now I can go out and there and do my
With two starters on the disabled list, the Rockies called up
Friedrich and Alex White to get them through this three-game
series. White pitched well in a 3-1 loss Tuesday night.
”That, just like last night, was really refreshing to see,”
manager Jim Tracy said. ”I tip my cap to Christian Friedrich,
knowing the work he has put in and the fact that what we saw today
was the result of a lot of work on a lot of people’s part in the
organization. This kid worked really, really hard and he’s gotten
himself into a really good place.
”Really, the unfortunate thing is we weren’t able to win last
night’s game with the two young guys we sent out there,” Tracy
said. ”But to see what we saw from the pitching standpoint from
both these guys is extremely encouraging going forward.”
The Rockies scored four unearned runs in the sixth against
Anthony Bass (1-4) after shortstop Andy Parrino committed a
fielding error on Jonathan Herrera’s grounder with one out. Carlos
Gonzalez doubled and Michael Cuddyer followed with a sacrifice fly.
Giambi was intentionally walked before Rosario hit a high fly ball
that bounced off the top of the fence in left, bringing in Gonzalez
and Giambi. The umpires reviewed the hit on video but upheld the
double. Chris Nelson singled in Giambi for a 5-2 lead.
Nelson hit another RBI single in the eighth.
Each team had a runner thrown out at the plate.
In the fourth, Gonzalez and Cuddyer hit one-out singles. Giambi
doubled off the top of the fence in center field, sending Gonzalez
and Cuddyer racing home. Gonzalez scored but Cuddyer was thrown out
on Parrino’s relay throw.
The umpires reviewed Giambi’s hit and upheld the double.
In the third, San Diego’s Cameron Maybin reached on a one-out
throwing error by shortstop Marco Scutaro and Chase Headley
followed with a single to right. Yonder Alonso doubled to left to
bring in Maybin for a 2-0 lead. When it looked like left fielder
Gonzalez might try to throw to second, Headley hesitated and then
broke for home and Gonzalez threw him out.
Friedridch allowed a walk and two singles in the first,
including Alonso’s RBI single,
”I don’t recall a ball being barreled up against him,” Tracy
said. ”That’s how good he was. They flipped a couple of base hits
out there to help them produce their two runs, but I don’t know
that they completely squared a ball up against him in the time he
was out there.”
Bass allowed five runs, one earned, and nine hits in 5 2-3
innings, struck out four and walked one.
Bass ”was hanging in there. Then we opened the door for them,”
Padres manager Bud Black said, referring to Parrino’s error. ”That
came back to haunt us.
”The key at-bat was Rosario’s at-bat,” Black said. ”He threw
a slider and Rosario has some power. That kind of took the wind out
of his sails.”
NOTES: Tracy said RHP Jeremy Guthrie is scheduled to make a
rehab start for Class A Modesto on Thursday. If all goes well, he
could be activated in time to start Tuesday night at San Francisco.
Guthrie is on the 15-disabled list with a shoulder injury sustained
in a fall from his bicycle. … Both teams are off Thursday. The
Rockies open a three-game series Friday night at Los Angeles, with
Jamie Moyer (1-2, 4.01) scheduled to face Chris Capuano (4-0, 2.21)
in a matchup of lefties. The Padres open a series Friday night at
Philadelphia, with lefty Clayton Richard (1-4, 4.89) scheduled to
face Vance Worley (2-2, 2.84).