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The Rockies tied the series up on Wednesday with an 11-3 win behind a quality start from Antonio Senzatela and a big offensive night behind Ian Desmond. The Rockies got out and early and never stopped to cruise to an easy win. They will now get a chance to take the series on Thursday with another rookie on the mound, Kyle Freeland.
The first inning started out strong for the Rox. For the second game in a row, Charlie Blackmon managed a double. But unlike on Tuesday, the Rockies did score Blackmon and got a few more. LeMahieu singled up the middle to score the first run and Arenado then doubled him in. With one out, Ian Desmond hit his first home run of the year and first home run for the Rockies to put them up 4-0.
The Padres did score a run in the bottom of the inning on a sac fly that would turn into an inning ending double play, so despite the run, the Rockies got away relatively unharmed.
In the fourth inning the Rockies scored a few more behind some terrible defense from San Diego. After Senzatela reached on a hesitation on a bunt play, Blackmon reached on another error. The error would snowball into more as right fielder Renfroe threw the ball away allowing Senzatela to score all the way from first. Colorado would finish the inning with a 7-1 lead, all the runs the would need.
Another strong inning would come in the fifth with Desmond hitting a leadoff homer, his second of the night. Some more poor defense from the Padres allowed the Rockies to rally for a few more to take a big 10-1 lead.
Senzatela would run into a little bit of trouble in the bottom half of the inning allowing a home run and messing up a double play ball. Wil Meyers would double in a run to bring across the Padres third run of the game, but that is all they would get in the inning and game.
The game would end by a score of 11-1 and the Rockies would take the easy win. They are 0-4 on Wednesday games on the year, so they would love to take this one and the series from the Padres. With Perdomo on the mound and Reynolds sitting the past two games, the Rockies may shake things up a bit. We may get a chance to see Hanigan behind the plate and Cargo may get a day off to give Desmond and Reynolds playing time together, along with Story. It’s not the best matchup to mix things up, so what happens will remain to be seen.