It does not leave much margin for error, but it worked Monday
night. Ian Kennedy gave the Padres a superb start, and the offense
produced a lot of runs by their standards in a 6-1 win over the
Entering the game, San Diego was hitting .213 and averaging 2.98
runs per game. The Padres' offense was not doing much again in a 1-1
game until they scored twice in the sixth and added three more runs
in the seventh to complete the scoring.
The win was the sixth in eight games for the Padres (40-49). The
Rockies (37-53) fell for the 18th time in 21 games. Colorado also
lost for the 16th time in its past 21 home games, including three of
four to the Los Angeles Dodgers to start this current 10-game
homestand that will conclude with a weekend series against
"We can't afford to lose series," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
"We've got to start winning series. We're getting some (injured)
guys back, but bottom line is we have to start winning some series."
Kennedy (7-9) pitched seven innings and gave up one run on four
hits, including center fielder Drew Stubbs' homer in the fourth.
Kennedy walked two and struck out nine, eight of them swinging.
Padres pitchers finished with 13 strikeouts.
"I was getting ahead of guys with the fastball," Kennedy said. "It
was allowing me to throw my off-speed pitches down in the zone."
Kennedy is 4-4 with a 2.77 ERA against the Rockies in 16 career
starts, seven of them at Coors Field where he is 2-2 with a 3.24
Rockies starter Tyler Matzek (1-3) was lifted after he walked
Kennedy and gave up a single to Chris Denorfia to start the seventh.
Making his sixth career start, Matzek issued four walks, tying his
career high, while allowing five runs on eight hits. He struck out
four while throwing 95 pitches, just 52 strikes, and threw
first-pitch strikes to 11 of 28 batters.
"I started falling behind guys," Matzek said. "I was picking corners
and trying to be fine. First-pitch strike's the most important
thing. You get hitters in hitters' counts, and they're going to hit
Matt Belisle took over for Matzek and gave up a two-run triple on an
0-2 pitch to third baseman Chase Headley, the ball rebounding far
off the wall in the right field corner, allowing Headley to scamper
to third. Left fielder Carlos Quentin followed with a sacrifice fly.
After the seventh, the game was delayed by rain for 56 minutes, long
enough to finish Kennedy's outing. He threw 96 pitches and would
have gone out for the eighth had it not been for the delay, Padres
manager Bud Black said.
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Padres catcher Rene Rivera finished 2-for-2 with two walks, and
Headley went 4-for-5 with two RBIs. It was Headley's second four-hit
game in four days and came after he went 11-for-34 on the Padres'
homestand that ended Sunday.
The switch-hitting Headley recently went back to an unorthodox grip
he had always used -- he drapes the pinkie finger of his top hand
over two others -- before a broken left thumb in spring training in
2013 forced him to open that season on the disabled list.
"When I came back (from the injury), I went to kind of a more
conventional grip," Headley said. "Decided to try to stay with it.
Gave it a fair number of at-bats this year, and I didn't feel like I
was able to control the barrel like I had in the past. I thought it
was time to make an adjustment. I feel like it lets me be a little
bit shorter to the ball. Gives you a little bit more leverage."
NOTES: Padres RHP Tyson Ross is scheduled to start Sunday at Dodger
Stadium, so he will not be available to pitch in the All-Star Game
two days later. However, he will go to Minnesota to participate in
the festivities. ... Padres LHP Robbie Erlin, out since mid-May due
to left elbow soreness, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session
Tuesday in Peoria, Ariz. ... Padres RHP Nick Vincent (right shoulder
fatigue) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday at Coors
Field. Barring a setback, he would go out on a rehab assignment by
the weekend. ... Rockies LHP Brett Anderson (fractured left index
finger) made his second rehab start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on
Monday, allowing one run in 5 1/3 innings. ... Colorado LF Carlos
Gonzalez, who had a benign tumor removed from his left index finger
June 10, began a rehab assignment for Colorado Springs. ... Rockies
RHP Jhoulys Chacin (right shoulder inflammation) will undergo a
platelet-rich plasma injection Tuesday. He does not need surgery but
will rest four to six weeks before he might resume throwing.
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