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With two men on and two out, up by a run in the ninth inning, Jake McGee allowed a three-run home run to Wil Meyers that put the Padres up 7-5. Just like that, Jon Gray’s performance went from a win to a no decision and the Rockies lost a game they should have won.
The series opener on Friday was to be a matchup between the Rockies developing ace Jon Gray, and the veteran starter Andrew Cashner. However, after one batter and one pitch to DJ LeMahieu, Cashner was removed with an apparent shoulder problem. That meant the Rockies would face a pitcher they faced less than a week ago in Luis Perdomo. And despite losing their starter an out into the game, the Padres manage to use only four total pitchers, with two of those pitchers going 7.2 innings. That definitely saved their bullpen going forward, unless of course the Rockies can cause an early departure from a starter in the next two games.
After Cashner was removed in the first, LeMahieu was able to reach on a single and that set the table for Nolan Arenado. Arenado hit his 89th career home run and 19th of the season to right field, only the fourth home run he has hit to right in his career. The 2-0 lead early gave Jon Gray some runs to work with and although the Padres would come back to take the lead in the fourth, the Rockies would fight back to retake the lead.
Some small ball runs in the third tied the game up at 2-2 and then in the fourth the Padres took the lead on a home run. With no one on and an 0-1 count, Melvin Upton hammered a ball to left that got into the seats for his seventh home run of the year.
The Rockies would immediately counter the Padres taking the lead and with a double, two singles, and an error, the Rockies would shoot back ahead 4-3. They would score one more run in the eighth inning when Mark Reynolds blooped a ball to the outfield, but they would need more than that for the eventual ninth inning meltdown.
Jake McGee has been better since his last blown save against the Dodgers in which he gave up five runs, and he looked to be cruising towards another save on Friday night. Two quick outs on a strikeout and pop out looked like the Rockies would take this one, but as the Padres have done this year to the Rockies, they were not going to give up.Alexei Ramirez and Alexi Amarista both singled with two outs and then Jon Jay hit a double. The ball bounced into the seats as a saving grace for the Rockies as only one run was allowed to score, but then Wil Meyers stepped to the plate. Meyers has been the most consistent Padre of late with the bat and he kept that up. After a long at bat and on a 3-2 count, McGee gave in with a fastball that got far too much of the plate. Meyers crushed the ball to center and Charlie Blackmon could only jog back on it and watch it sail out.
It was McGee’s third blown save of the year and a tough loss for the Rockies who were on track to start a little winning streak. They will come back on Saturday and hopefully reap their revenge against starter Erik Johnson as Tyler Chatwood takes the mound opposite him.