Rockies knock off Padres.Even though Friday’s game didn’t really affect how the Rockies’ season ended, it mattered to the Padres, which meant manager Bud Black cared.
Black spoke with his players about upholding the “purity” of the season, whether they were in the playoff picture or not, before the Rockies ruined the Padres’ night with a nail-biting 4-3 walk-off victory in the bottom of the 10th. Alan Trejo singled home Garrett Hampson to secure the victory. In order to keep their slim lead over the Phillies and Brewers in the Wild Card race, the Padres needed to win on Friday.
Black reiterated, “We talked about that,” following the victory. These players were aware that the league was keeping an eye on them.
The Padres received nothing from the Rockies. Not at Coors Field, Rockies knock off Padres where a boisterous, sold-out crowd was pleading with their team to end a four-game losing streak. For one night, if you hadn’t watched the rest of the Rockies’ disappointing season, you might have believed that they were still trying to make the playoffs like their opponent.
Black wants us to prepare for scenarios like that and games against teams like this, according to Trejo.
Rockies knock off Padres
Yes, they were still the Rockies, frustratingly leaving players stranded in scoring position, but there were also fundamentally excellent plays, strong pitching, and strong defence. Those cornerstones weren’t always a given; the team is now 65-86 on the season.
But the Rockies won on a flawless Friday night. Closer Daniel Bard received it according to the scorecards. Ryan Feltner, the starter, pitched five strong innings for Colorado.
Not only did the Rockies fulfil their half of the agreement, but the opening game of their three-game set against the Padres also saw shortstop Ezequiel Tovar, one of Colorado’s top prospects, make his long-awaited MLB debut. Black claimed to have observed in Tovar a special ease with his skills. It was an added plus that he got to play in a challenging atmosphere.
As Black had promised, Tovar showed off his signature assurance right away. He took the first pitch he saw when he came up to bat in the second inning and smashed a single to centre. He saw one more pitch in the fourth and blasted another single to left. When the next batter walked, he went to second and then scored easily when Yonathan Daza blasted a triple off the wall to bring in two runs and give the Rockies a 3-2 advantage.
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