An 11th inning affair on Wednesday afternoon finally went the Rockies way when new guy Ryan Hanigan hit a ball in just the right place. The single by Hanigan would give the Rockies the 3-2 lead so they could hand the ball off to their infallible closer. Holland then made quick work of the Padres in the bottom of the inning to earn his 12th save of the year and give the Rox the series win.
It was not the most exciting of games and even the pitching wasn’t terrific, but it was a game the Rockies would come away with despite some close calls late. The first run of the game would come from three straight singles by Desmond, Reynolds, and finally the run scoring on Amarista’s single. It would give the Rockies an early lead that Kyle Freeland would be able to hold on to for most of the game.
Freeland was very good on Wednesday earning a quality start. He went 6.1 innings while allowing three hits and walking two. He would only allow one run coming in the seventh when Hunter Renfroe doubled in Solarte. Fortunately for him, Scott Oberg came in and prevented further damage. Overall, it was a great start by Freeland and he now sports a 2.65 ERA.
The Padres would score another run in the eighth, though it was hardly earned. Normally effective Adam Ottavino came on to face the top of the order, but he just couldn’t find the zone as he walked three batters while recording only one out. He would then be removed for Jake McGee who had to clean up the mess.
McGee would induce a soft liner from Solarte that had multiple opportunities to prevent a run. Amarista could’ve come home with the ball, but instead he tried for the double play and that turned out to be the wrong move as Solarte beat the throw out at first. It allowed the game tying run to score, though the Padres would exit the inning without any more.
It took until the eleventh for the game to finally get broken up and it came with two outs. After homering earlier in the game, Ryan Hanigan came up with two outs and the bases juiced. On a ball hit up the middle, short stop Erick Aybar was just unable to make the flip to second for the out. The winning run in Ian Desmond would score and the Rockies would take a 3-2 lead.
Holland came on and did allow a single, but it would not harm him as he struck out Aybar for the final out of the inning. The Rockies will now head home to face the Dbacks for a three game set in what is their longest home stand of the season. German Marquez will take the bump against Zack Greinke.