David Zalubowski, AP
A good team effort of Sunday gave the Rockies a series sweep of the Padres and put them within five games of reaching .500. Chad Bettis was not terrific, but he was solid and he earned his 13th win of the season, the team leader in that category.
The main reason behind Bettis’ team leading 13 wins is the Rockies seem to play well behind him and get good offensive and bullpen performances. Sunday was no different as the Rockies bullpen shut the Padres down after Bettis was removed and they got six runs to come away with a 6-3 win.
The Rockies didn’t have much success outside of their five run 4th inning, but they didn’t need anymore than what they got there. With one out, David Dahl blooped a double to left field and scored when the next batter, Mark Reynolds, hit his 14th homer of the year. That would turn out to be the end of Reynolds season as well as later in the game he took a ball off his left hand that broke a bone. Reynolds may be out for the final two weeks, but not enough can be said about how he over performed for the Rockies this year. His .282 average is the highest of his career and he didn’t suffer much of a power loss.
With two outs and after the home run, the Rockies rallied for three more runs. Tony Wolters hit a single, one of three hits on the afternoon for him, and Bettis and Blackmon followed that up with two walks to load the bases. LeMahieu then continued the walk streak with a third walk in a row to score Wolters to give the Rockies a 3-1 lead. Cargo then singled up the middle to score two more.
The Padres tried to rally in the sixth against Bettis and had some success scoring two runs on Wil Meyers’ double. Chris Rusin came on with one out and two on to relieve Bettis and he finished the inning without any further damage. Rusin would work a clean seventh before giving way to Boone Logan in the eighth. Logan continued his great year with a three strikeout inning. Ottavino came on for the ninth for the save and he also worked a quick and easy inning, allowing only a harmless single.
It was a great series for a Rockies and even though it doesn’t mean anything this late in the year, it gives a good glimpse into what this team may be able to do next year. They got good offense, the bullpen was actually solid, and the starters did their job as well.
The Rockies will take on the Cardinals on Monday for a three game set. This is a better chance to see if the Padres are just a bad team (they are) and whether the Rockies can continue this momentum into a series against a competing team.