Rockies buried by Padres six-run seventh inning – The Denver Post

Rockies buried by Padres six-run seventh inning - The Denver Post
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The Rockies didn’t start their last night of the season at Coors Field quietly. They got their tails kicked in front of 45,983 fans.

San Diego, trying to secure the third and final wildcard spot in the National League, picked up a 9-3 victory on Saturday. The win kept the Padres two games ahead of Milwaukee for last place.

Coors Field hadn’t been kind to the Padres lately. Going into Saturday night’s game, they were 1-7 in LoDo this season and as of May 12, 2021, had lost 14 of their last 17 games here.

The Padres held a slim 3-2 lead going into the seventh before manhandling relievers Justin Lawrence and Chad Smith and scoring six runs. Lawrence, who the Rockies hope can become a late reliever next season, gave up a brace to Jurickson Profar, back-to-back walks to Juan Soto and Manny Machado, and a two-run single to Jake Cronenworth. .

Out Lawrence and in Smith, who surrendered an RBI single to Brandon Drury to load the bases, then walked Josh Bell to force a run. There were more than a few boobirds in what was left of the Saturday night crowd.

The boos continued when Ha-Seong Kim hit a high chopper that evaded rookie shortstop Ezequiel Tovar for a single and scored two more runs.

There were a few positive moments for the large crowd to pull together. Ryan McMahon started the first moto with a solo homer just ahead of Yu Darvish, McMahon’s 18th of the season. In the eighth, Randal Grichuk threw a solo homer with two outs from southpaw Tim Hill. Grichuk has hit 17 home runs this season.

Darvish pitched six innings, allowing two runs on five hits, eight strikeouts and one walk. He improved to 16-7 and maintained his 3.05 ERA.

Before the game, manager Bud Black said the biggest thing he wanted to see from right-handed starter Chad Kuhl was consistency. Kuhl got off to a good start.

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