By Liz Alper
Photo: Girl Scout Troop 6116 from Imperial Beach presents the colors on Bitmoji Night. Courtesy @Padres on Twitter
June 4, 2016 (San Diego) - The Padres got a much-needed simple win last night. They looked to do it again tonight against the Rockies. Andrew Cashner was on the mound for San Diego against Chad Bettis for Colorado.
The Padres got started right away again. Wil Myers jacked a solo home run in the first for a 1-0 lead for the good guys.
But the Rockies came back to take the lead quickly in the second on Charlie Blackmon’s two-RBI double that gave Colorado a 2-1 lead.
And so the Padres and Rockies started a game of leap frog. Derek Norris hit a two-run homer in San Diego’s half of the second to give the Padres a 3-2 lead.
The leap frog didn’t last long. Matt Kemp singled in the third to extend the lead to 4-2.
In the fourth, Mark Reynolds hit a solo home run and the Rockies pulled to within one, 4-3. That would be all the scoring that would happen in this game and the Padres will take game two and the series. Fernando Rodney gets his 11th save.
Because of the Rock n’ Roll Marathon on Sunday, game three has been pushed back to a 6:10 p.m. start. What was supposed to be a good pitching matchup will be no more. Jon Gray will still be on the mound for Colorado, but James Shields won’t start for San Diego since he has been traded. A starting pitcher for the Padres hasn’t been announced yet and they’ll most likely go to their bullpen.
In transaction news, as previously mentioned, James Shields is no longer a Padre. Padres GM A.J. Preller announced that he’s heading to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for minor leaguers Fernando Tatis Jr. and Erik Johnson.