By Liz Alper
Photo: recognizing the San Diego Police Department before the game on SDPD Night. Courtesy @PadresMikeDee on Twitter
June 3, 2016 (San Diego) - The Colorado Rockies came to town for a three-game weekend series that started tonight. Chris Rusin got the start for Colorado against Drew Pomeranz.
Looking to get the bad taste from last night’s game out of their mouths, the Padres got off to a much better start tonight. Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer, his 14th of the season, in the first hat brought the Padres out in front right away, 3-0. The homer was a projected 451 feet according to Statcast, tying Adrian Gonzalez for the longest home run ever hit at Petco Park. Kemp now has 41 home runs in his career against the Rockies.
Melvin Upton Jr. stole home on a very Douglas Fairbanks-esque sliding stunt in the fourth. Yes, you read that right--stole home--to give the Padres a 4-0 lead.
A much, much (thankfully) calmer game than last night and a great outing for Pomeranz and the Padres took game one of the series 4-0. The Rockies have been shut out for the second time this year. Game two is tomorrow night at 7:10. Chad Bettis will be on the mound for Colorado against Andrew Cashner for the Padres.