Senzatela solid behind three homers

Antonio Senzatela gave the Rockies their best start of the year and earned his first career win. Despite allowing a leadoff home run to Manuel Margot, Senzatela was able to keep his composure and ended up pitching seven innings strong while allowing only two total runs. Behind some key solo home runs, Senzatela was able to come out with a lead and gave way to the Rockies strongest asset early in the year, the bullpen.

Jered Weaver was on the mound for the Padres and while he has struggled lately in his career, he was very good on Tuesday. Topping out with a fastball at 86 MPH, this should have been a time for the Rockies to feast. However, Weaver was able to locate and keep the Rockies off balance, striking out five in six innings while allowing only three hits. Two of those hits happened to be home runs, one by Cargo and another by Blackmon, but it was still a great start for Weaver.

Unfortunately for Weaver and the Padres, his exit and the entrance of Miguel Diaz would mean the disappearing of the tie game. With nobody on, Nolan Arenado hit his fifth career home run to right field to give the Rockies a 3-2 lead, the score the game would end with.

Adam Ottavino would come on in the eighth inning and dominate with a fantastic outing. Ottavino faced the minimum, three, and struck out all of them with ease. That gave way to Greg Holland in the ninth. Holland walked the leadoff batter in the inning, but encountered no further trouble inducing a fly out and two strikeouts to finish the game. In the early going of the season, Holland is looking like one of the premier signings in all of the league. He as yet to allow a run, has tallied five saves, and has eight strikeouts in five innings pitched.

The Rockies will try and win their third series of the year on Wednesday as Kyle Freeland takes the mound. Padres pitcher Zach Lee will take the mound in the finale for his first appearance since 2015. The Rockies would love to see some hits in the finale as they have been struggling offensively, but first and foremost they want a win.

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