By Liz Alper
Photo courtesy @Padres on Twitter
June 11, 2016 (Denver) - The Padres and Rockies played a Saturday matinee today. Erik Johnson made his Padres debut today against Tyler Chatwood for Colorado.
The Padres got things started right away. Yangervis Solarte grounded out in the first, scoring Wil Myers and the Padres took a 1-0 lead. Melvin Upton Jr. singled and scored Matt Kemp and San Diego went up 2-0. Solarte later left the game with a left thumb contusion, forcing Adam Rosales to take his place.
But you know, nothing lasts forever. Carlos Gonzalez hit a three-run bomb in the Rockies’ half of the first and Colorado went up 3-2.
Jon Jay singled in the fifth, scoring Alexi Amarista and tying the game at three.
But that didn’t last long. Charlie Blackmon—or Chuck Nasty, as he’s called in Denver—hit a ball that was truly nasty off of the right field foul pole. It counted as a homer and the Rockies took a 4-3 lead. CarGo singled and D.J. LeMahieu scored and the Rockies went up 5-3. Same score as last night before Wil Myers saved the day. Would he do it again?
Alas, no, thanks to a stupid decision by Travis Jankowski to try and steal second in the ninth with two outs. He couldn’t escape the quick arm of Dustin Garneau and the great play by LeMahieu and he was out at second, giving the Rockies a 5-3 win.
In transaction news, Andrew Cashner is now on the 15-day DL with a strained neck. The Padres and Rockies will wrap up the series with another 1:10 p.m. matinee tomorrow.