A key home run that put the Rockies ahead 2-1 was just what the doctor ordered for Tyler Anderson’s major league debut. Anderson was terrific in his debut going 6.1 innings of well pitched baseball while allowing six hits and only one run. Anderson also struck out six while not walking anyone.
Anderson, a first round pick for the Rockies in 2011, was facing Christian Friedrich, another first round pick for the Rockies. In fact, this was the second and third pitcher pitching in this series that was a first round pick for the Rockies, the other being Jon Gray. All three pitchers pitched very well in their outings, and the rubber match on Sunday between the first round picks was very much a pitchers duel. Friedrich went 6 innings and allowed only one unearned run while striking out 9 and walking 3.
It took until the bottom of the 6th for the Rockies to score a run and it came primarily because of the Padres lack of ability to execute. Charlie Blackmon reached on an infield single to start the inning off. Then on a perfect double play ball, normally sure handed Alexei Ramirez missed the grounder and DJ LeMahieu reached to put men on first and third. Nolan Arenado walked to load the bases for Cargo. Cargo struck out, but the Rockies still had a chance. With the bases loaded and two outs, Ryan Raburn walked in the first run of the game. The Rockies could’ve easily came out of this inning with nothing, but the Padres failed to get outs when they needed them.
Unfortunately for the Rockies and Anderson, the Padres came back in the next inning to tie the game. A leadoff double gave the Padres a man in scoring position with three outs to work with. Then with two men on and two out, Jon Jay drove a single up the middle to tie it up.
Mark Reynolds came back in the next inning and from the first pitch he saw, he hit a ball to right field that cleared the fence for the game winning home run. That run would give the Rockies bullpen the lead and the ability to keep the Padres from tying the game back up. Gonzalez Germen, Jason Motte, and Boone Logan closed the game out. Carlos Estevez, the newly named closer, didn’t come into the game because he had pitched in three of the last four games. Jason Motte and Boone Logan split the ninth and Logan earned the save with the final out.
The Rockies finally get an off day on Monday and then will start a short series with the New York Yankees. Jorge De La Rosa will make his first start since returning to the rotation and Chad Bettis will take the second and final game of the series on Wednesday.