Rockies 8, Padres 5: Five scoreless relief innings seal series victory

Coors Field: Where are the bullpen going? Die Dominate!

The Colorado Rockies won today’s contest against the San Diego Padres – and a 3-1 series win – thanks to save work from Jake Bird, Jhoulys Chacín and Carlos Estévez.

Combined effort in Colorado bullpen: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K.

The Rockies entered Thursday with a depleted bullpen: Given recent use, Daniel Bard, Lucas Gilbreath, Robert Stephenson and Alex Colomé were questionable even to play much catch-up today (coupled with the lingering effects of a Tyler Kinley hurt). One could easily have assumed that the keys to the Rockies’ victory lay in the hands of starter Kyle Freeland; when he went no-out in the fifth, his team was left with a bleak prospect.

The team card was thin: all that remained to be realistically decided was the order to launch Bird, Chacín and Estévez.

There was some early damage: One of Freeland’s runners scored from first on a groundout and a single to the middle. Chacín closed the door from there, however, finishing fifth with two flyouts and blasting his way through a perfect sixth inning.

With a breakout sixth inning by the Colorado Bats, a 5-5 tie quickly turned into an 8-5 lead thanks to the firepower of Jose Iglesias, CJ Cron and Randal Grichuk. Rockies manager Bud Black called on rookie Bird for round seven, going for his 3.95 ERA first and Estévez’s 100 MPH radiators last.

Bird fought his way through the seventh against the top of the Padres’ order, recording a flyout and two strikeouts. He allowed only one baserunner on a two-out single from Manny Machado.

Bird stayed for the eighth. San Diego’s four-, five-, and six-hitter chained together — as did a frame three, three down.

Estévez, the closest available option in the Rockies’ bullpen, entered for the ninth inning chasing his first save of 2022. The Padres’ nine-, one- and two-battery roster posted a threat minimal; a later groundout, strikeout and groundout, and a once-tired Rockies bullpen set the tone for the rest of the current seven home games.

The All-Star break will be hard-earned for the Rockies’ bullpen, given their efforts over the past few days. There was no limping towards that finish line this afternoon.

Grichuk goes 2 for 4 with two doubles, three RBIs

The situations presented themselves. Five runners were on Randal Grichuk’s base through his four at-bats, and his pair of doubles came with heavy, favorable traffic.

His two-run brace in the second set was quick to damage hot July of Padres starter Blake Snell, but it wasn’t a missile from the start. What followed was an extremely well-placed extra-base hit.

The table was set by a first brace from Cron, a walk to Brendan Rodgers and a wild throw to one of Grichuk’s early catches.

Further damage was done by Grichuk in the sixth inning, at bat as the Rockies’ eighth batter in that frame. Cron again served as the table setter, this time cashing in on Jose Iglesias on a line-drive single. Grichuk came to the plate with Cron and Rodgers again on base, and another double to right field ran through the Rockies’ eighth and final run of the day.

Cron and Daza collect multi-hit afternoons

Cron would have more RBI than Grichuk in this contest if the baserunners were on for his bats, but much of the Rockies’ success today came from Cron stepping on the plate instead. His two runs scored were on doubles from Grichuk, and Cron’s first double on the second kick set off a domino effect of misery for the San Diego pitcher.

Blake Snell was unable to complete the fourth inning of today’s contest, a frame that was opened with a flyout but was assisted by a Yonathan Daza single to center field. Daza stayed on base for the next four hits: a strikeout, a single, and back-to-back walks that would make a run. Daza’s two-out single in the fifth was stalled early on, but his collective performance may have done wonders for chasing an early starter.

Padres’ Snell: ERA goes from 4.66 to 5.22

Previous July: Blake Snell pitched 11 innings in two starts, allowing just two runs. He had recorded 23 (!) strikeouts during that span — against the Dodgers and Giants, no less.

His last line today: 3 23 IP, 4 H 5 R, 6 BB (!), 5 K.

In 145 career starts, Snell has scored six batters on just three of them.

Two of his walks came with the bases loaded today. They came back-to-back with two outs in the fourth inning, and the last one came against his last batter of the day.

Freeland launches its second shortest start of 2022

The Colorado southpaw tried to work deep enough to be eligible for the win, but the fifth inning opened up with a home run from Trent Grisham, a brace from Ha-seong Kim and an RBI single from Jake Cronenworth. The reins were then handed over to Estévez with obvious damage; a deplorable July continued for Freeland as he has now allowed 15 earned runs in 16 innings pitched (8.44 ERA in July).

Only 23 of today’s 51 outs were recorded by starting pitchers.

Crismatt of the Padres gives up three points in 23 sleeves

The San Diego bullpen saw an eventful sixth inning, led by Nabil Crismatt’s six hitters. Crismatt came in and immediately collected a strikeout, but a walk and stolen base by Connor Joe, a double from Iglesias, a denial and the aforementioned damage from Cron and Rodgers was enough to turn a 5-5 tie into one. advantage of 7-5 Rockies. .

Padres manager Bob Melvin turned to right-hander Luis García to clear the ensuing traffic, but García quickly cleared Grichuk’s second brace, giving up Crismatt’s third point of the game.


The Pirates are next in all seven Rockies home games. Pittsburgh will fly from Miami to Denver this afternoon after losing to the Marlins today in 11 innings.

José Quintana (3.59 ERA / 3.33 FIP) will take the mound for the Pirates, doing so in his 11th year of major league action. He also played for the Giants, Angels and Cubs for parts of the last three seasons, while most will remember his success for many seasons as a member of the White socks. Colorado will counter with Germán Márquez (5.66 ERA/5.06 FIP) for his 18th start in 2022.

The first pitch is scheduled for 5:40 p.m. Friday night. There’s a 50% chance of splashing rain on the first throw, so plan accordingly if you’re heading for the 20 and Blake.

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