The Colorado Rockies schedule won’t get any easier than this the rest of the season.
The Rockies won their first road series of the season in Detroit, taking two of three from the hapless Tigers (17-49). Following their series with the Padres, the Rockies will face Detroit again in a three-game series at Coors Field. The Tigers and Padres have a combined record of 38-98.
The Rockies are hoping struggling starter Aaron Cook can take advantage of the light-hitting Padres. Cook, whose only two wins have come at home this season, is 1-5 in his last eight starts.
“Things have a tendency to work themselves out,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said of the rookie right-hander. “There’s some tough lessons learned up here, and hopefully he’s realizing what he needs to do to be successful and what he can’t do to have success.”
Cook is coming off a 7-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. The 24-year-old gave up six runs and 11 hits over four innings.
“As a starting pitcher you need to be more consistent than what I’ve been,” Cook said. “It’s going to come together sooner or later—just hopefully sooner than later.”
On Sunday, Mark Sweeney had a tiebreaking, three-run double that capped a five-run fifth, leading the Rockies to a 5-4 win over Detroit.
The Padres have dropped eight of 12, but are coming off a 1-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. Oliver Perez pitched 6 2-3 brilliant innings and Rod Beck closed for his first save since 2001.
STANDINGS: Padres - 5th place, 22 GB, NL West. Rockies - 3rd place, 8 GB, NL West.
PADRES PROBABLE STARTER: Adam Eaton (2-5, 4.48 ERA). The righty has allowed just four runs and 10 hits over 15 innings in his last two starts, going 1-1 over the stretch. Eaton, who has one win in his last five outings, is coming off a 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. Eaton pitched a season-high eight innings, allowing three runs and six hits. In 10 career starts against the Rockies, Eaton is 3-4 with a 6.85 ERA.
ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Cook (2-6, 5.76 ERA). In four starts against the Padres, Cook is 2-2 with a 2.85 ERA.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Padres - Mark Loretta, .311 avg.; Ryan Klesko, 12 HRs and 38 RBIs; Rondell White and Xavier Nady, 32 runs; Ramon Vazquez, 7 SBs. Rockies - Todd Helton, .329 avg. and 56 runs; Preston Wilson, 15 HRs, 57 RBIs and 6 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Rockies, 4-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Padres - The Padres are next to last in the NL with 280 runs scored. …. 3B Loretta is hitting .446 in June, and is riding a nine-game hitting streak. … The Padres are 2-4 on a 10-game road trip. Rockies - OF Larry Walker is 6-for-17 with two homers and four doubles against RHP Eaton. … RHP Cook hasn’t allowed a homer in his last seven starts. … RHP Jose Jimenez has 16 saves in 17 opportunities.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Padres - 8-25 on the road; Rockies - 25-10 at home.
INJURIES: Padres -SS Vazquez (abdominal strain), 15-day DL; INF Lou Merloni (knee), 15-day DL; OF Jason Bay (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Clay Condrey (oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Brandon Villafuerte (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Trevor Hoffman (shoulder), 60-day DL; LHP Kevin Walker (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Phil Nevin (shoulder), 60-day DL. Rockies - 2B Ronnie Belliard (ankle), 15-day DL; LHP Denny Neagle (back), 15-day DL; RHP Denny Stark (side), 60-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL.