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


The Rockies did not go gently into their final night of the season at Coors Field. They got their tails kicked in front of 45,983 fans.

San Diego, trying to secure the third and final wild-card spot in the National League, cruised to a 9-3 victory on Saturday. The win kept the Padres two games in front of Milwaukee for the final spot.

Coors Field had not been kind to the Padres of late. Entering Saturday night’s game, they were 1-7 in LoDo this season and dating back to May 12, 2021, had lost 14 of their last 17 games here.

The Padres held a slim 3-2 lead entering the seventh before roughing up relievers Justin Lawrence and Chad Smith and scoring six runs. Lawrence, whom the Rockies hope can develop into a late-game reliever next season, gave up a one-out double to Jurickson Profar, back-to-back walks to Juan Soto and Manny Machado, and a two-run single to Jake Cronenworth.

Exit Lawrence and enter Smith, who gave up an RBI single to Brandon Drury to load the bases and then walked Josh Bell to force in 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 eluded rookie shortstop Ezequiel Tovar for a single and scored two more runs.

There were a few positive moments for the big crowd to wrap its arms around. Ryan McMahon led off the first inning with a solo homer to right off Yu Darvish, McMahon’s 18th of the season. In the eighth, Randal Grichuk launched a two-out, solo homer off lefty 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 wants to see from right-handed starter Chad Kuhl is consistency. Kuhl delivered with a solid start.


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