David Zalubowski, AP
In what was the biggest shutout win for the Rockies at Coors field, they also secured an above .500 season for the first time since 2010. The 16-0 victory came easily for the Rockies as they beat up ex-Rockie Jordan Lyles and got a terrific outing from Tyler Anderson.
The start by Anderson came just as easily as the win, as he faced the worst offense in the league that also happens to be the worst offense against lefties. Even at Coors Field, the Padres did nothing against Anderson and only recorded their first hit in the sixth inning, and it came on a squibber up the third base line. Anderson did allow another hit to the next batter, but nothing came of it as he got out of the inning without allowing any Padres to score.
The Rockies got seventeen hits in the game against the Padres while scoring their sixteen runs across only four innings. They had two innings where they scored at least five runs and over the course of the 5th, 6th, and 7th they scored eleven runs. There were three big home runs in the game and they fell a solo shot short of the home run cycle.
There was also some drama in this game, albeit slight, when Miguel Diaz hit DJ LeMahieu following Charlie Blackmon’s massive three-run homer. It could’ve been unintentional as Diaz is a young pitcher who could struggle with control, but it was awfully suspect and DJ was right to be angry. Being down by as many runs as the Padres were, they should’ve just been trying to get outs, so whatever was going through Diaz’s head is questionable.
It did not matter however as the Rockies cruised to the victory and they did so cleanly, allowing only three total hits to the Padres and playing a clean defensive game. They can go for the sweep on Sunday with Jon Gray on the mound and with the offense hot, it is totally something that could, and should, happen.