By Liz Alper
Photo via @Padres on Twitter
June 13, 2019 (Denver) - After getting swept by the Giants, the Padres turned their sights eastward to Denver and a weekend series with the Rockies. Matt Strahm started tonight’s game one against Jon Gray for the Rockies.
Fernando Tatis Jr. wasted no time as he hit a leadoff double to start the game. Eric Hosmer flared another double down the left field line to score him and the Padres jumped out in front. Manny Machado almost doubled (he was thrown out at second), but his base hit scored Hosmer to give the Padres a 2-0 lead.
The Rockies made some noise in their own half of the first with two men on. Daniel Murphy looped it to Hunter Renfroe, who couldn’t make the catch and Trevor Story scored. Ian Desmond doubled to the gap in center and scored two runs and the Rockies leapt ahead 3-2 after one.
Story added more to the story in the second with a two-run homer to right in the second to give the Rockies a 5-2 lead after two.
The Padres got one back in the fourth on Valhalla alum Greg Garcia’s fielder’s choice that Wil Myers scored on to make it 5-3.
Charlie Blackmon started off the home half of the fourth with a solo homer to center to bring the Rockies’ lead back to three, leading 6-3 after four.
Machado tried to help with a line drive home run to left in the fifth to make the score 6-4 after five.
Chuck Nasty hit his 14th homer of the year and second of the game in the sixth into center again to give the Rockies their three-run lead back, leading 7-4 after six.
Tatis Jr. tripled and scored on a fielder’s choice in the seventh and the Padres trailed 7-5.
Chuck Nasty remained nasty, however, as in the seventh, he drilled a lining triple to right that scored two and the Rockies increased their lead to 9-5 after seven.
Machado tried to help again with a solo homer in the ninth, but the Rockies took game one of the weekend 9-6.
Game two tomorrow is set for 5:40 p.m. Cal Quantrill starts against Jeff Hoffman for the Rockies.
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