Since suffering a 12-10 opening day loss to the Rockies, the Padres have reeled off five straight wins in the series. San Diego’s hitters have certainly enjoyed hitting at Coors Field, scoring 36 runs and banging out 39 hits in three games.
One batter who was happy to see Coors was third baseman Sean Burroughs, who went 2-for-3 with a pair of walks Friday in his first start in six games. Burroughs had been mired in a 3-for-30 slump and needs to put together some solid efforts if he hopes to stay in the lineup.
“We’re in first place, and if we want to stay there, we have to go with the hot hand,” Burroughs said. “If I’m slumping a little and not getting hits and productive at-bats, I’m not going to be in there. I know that.
“It’s no secret we haven’t played the best ball, myself included. I just hope whoever’s in there gets the job done that day.”
The Padres are counting on starter Brian Lawrence to keep them in the game. Lawrence has had his share of success at Coors, going 4-1 with a 4.50 ERA in seven appearances, including six starts.
Lawrence had a personal three-game road winning streak snapped Monday after surrendering four runs and nine hits over seven innings in a 4-1 loss at Houston. He was 3-0 with a 1.52 ERA over his three previous outings on the road.
“He pitched well,” San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. “He’s been pitching as well as any starter we’ve got.”
The 29-year-old right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.74 ERA over his last six outings. The Padres have scored 24 runs in those outings.
Colorado starter Jason Jennings is 0-1 with a 6.27 ERA in his last three starts. Jennings is 2-4 with a 5.83 ERA in nine home starts this season.
The 26-year-old right-hander is 5-4 with a 5.57 ERA in 15 career starts against the Padres.