Misael Virgen / San Diego Union-Tribune
This was a game that looked like the Rockies would put up some big numbers and possibly shut the Padres out. The offense scored some early runs and Eddie Butler was terrific for the first 11 batters.
The first inning started with Charlie Blackmon’s first homer of the year, a shot to right that gave the Rockies the early lead. Trevor Story and Cargo would follow that up with consecutive singles, and Nolan Arenado would walk to load the bases. It was the perfect opportunity for the Rockies to get a big early lead, but that would fall flat. Gerrardo Parra struck out, but Mark Reynolds was able to put a ball deep enough to right for a sac fly. Nick Hundley would end the inning with a ground out. 2 runs in an inning that should’ve ended with at least one more is tough, but it still got the Rockies out in front.
The next inning the Rockies would score another run. DJ LeMahieu walked and was moved to second on a sac bunt by Butler. Trevor Story would then drop a bloop single into center with two outs to drive DJ in. That would put the Rockies up 3-0, the only 3 runs they would score in the game.
Eddie Butler was terrific early as he was perfect through the first 11 batters of the game. With two outs in the fourth he would falter. Matt Kemp was able to take a first pitch fastball deep to left-center field and Brett Wallace followed that up with a solo shot of his own. Butler regained his composure and retired the next five straight until running into more trouble in the sixth.
With one out, Jon Jay got hit by a pitch and scored on a double from the next batter, Wil Myers. Butler retired Matt Kemp, but Brett Wallace struck again with a double to drive in Myers. Butler then walked Melvin Upton and that brought an end to his night. Butler did look good, much better than he did last year, but he fell apart towards the end of his outing. It was his first start of the season however, so there is still hope going forward for him this year.
Justin Miller would replace Butler and in his 1.1 innings pitched he gave up two more runs, one charged to Butler. The sixth and seventh inning rally for the Padres was the difference in this game. Where the Rockies started hot and then fell flat, the Padres started flat and then regained their composure for a late game comeback.
The offense really struggled outside of the first two innings. The Padres pitchers faced the minimum through the final seven innings and the Rockies only managed five hits, all coming in the first three innings.
The Rockies have not been good against the Padres this year so far, going 1-4 in their first five games. They have to salvage this series with a win on Wednesday afternoon, but there is not a better pitcher to do it than Tyler Chatwood. Chatwood has been fantastic this year and he will have a good shot at giving the Rockies a win in San Diego.