With Jeff Hoffman making another spot start for an injured pitcher, he was looking as though we wants to stay in the rotation. Hoffman has now made three starts with the big league club and won each one, though his last two have been particularly special. With a 3-1 win on Sunday, the Rockies have now either won or tied each road series this year, a sign that is nothing but positive.
Colorado had only one inning where they scored on Sunday, that one inning was all the support Hoffman needed. Jeff gave up only one run, a solo shot, over seven innings while striking out nine and walking none. He needed only 89 pitches to get through seven innings and his curveball was absolutely terrific. While Hoffman’s two pitch fastball/curveball mix was certainly enough to dominate the Padres, he may need another plus pitch to navigate his way at home, but that will remain to be seen.
In the fourth inning, the Rockies had runners on first and third with one out. Gerardo Parra was at the plate and riding a hot streak, but this at-bat would not yield anything. Parra hit a soft grounder back to the pitcher and Cosart tossed the ball home for an easy out.
Ian Desmond would walk to load the bases and then Trevor Story came to the plate. Story had a terrific at-bat, working the count full and fouling off some pitches, before lacing a single up the middle that scored two. Tony Wolters followed that with another single to score a run with two outs. Those three runs would hold up over the rest of the game, with the Padres recording only three hits.
Jake McGee came in after Hoffman got through seven to work the eighth inning. McGee worked a flawless inning, something he has done often this year, and Bud Black handed the ball off in the ninth to the Rockies flawless closer.
Greg Holland, as he has done all year long, worked a quick and easy ninth inning. The save gave Holland his 21st on the year in as many opportunities. Holland is looking like the front runner for comeback player of the year as well as earning the Trevor Hoffman award for best reliever in the NL. Holland currently has an ERA+ of 402, has allowed only three runs on the year, and has a WHIP of .785. He is over-performing all expectations and has gotten back to his dominant 2013 and 2014 form.
The Rockies head home for a quick two game set against Cleveland before going out to Chicago to face the Cubs. They are at the top of the division, but they are about to head out on another road trip that they will need to do well on to keep pace with Arizona and LA.