Rockies 3, Padres 1
DENVER (AP)—Clint Hurdle was feeling under the weather, but Byung-Hyun Kim’s performance made him feel better than a bowl of chicken soup.
“That was a fantastic job,” Hurdle said with a raspy voice.
Kim baffled the Padres with his stop-and-go delivery, striking out seven in 7 2-3 innings—the longest outing of his career—in a 3-1 win over NL West-leading San Diego on Friday night.
“BK had it going,” said Dave Roberts, who had two of the Padres’ five hits to go with two stolen bases. “The delivery of his is tough. He kept us at bay.”
Kim (6-6) tied a Rockies record by striking out five in a row spanning the fifth and sixth innings. It’s the eighth time in franchise history the feat has been accomplished, the last time by Brian Fuentes on Sept. 21, 2002, against Arizona.
“He was fun to watch,” outfielder Matt Holliday said.
Not bad considering Kim was coming off a forgettable outing in which he lasted 3 2-3 innings, giving up seven earned runs, against Arizona. He turned it around against the Padres to pick up his first win since June 25.
“I felt a lot better than last time,” Kim said.
In Hurdle’s opinion, Kim looked like a completely different pitcher than he saw five days ago.
“He has the wherewithal and confidence not to get rattled,” Hurdle said. “He really hit his spots.”
On the back of Kim’s chair in front of his locker hung a T-shirt that read, “Every day is a Holliday.”
Holliday hit an RBI single in the fifth and a solo home run in the eighth. It was his 18th homer of the year and first since July 18. Holliday had been batting .152 over his last eight games, but appears to be heading out of his slump with a 2-for-4 night.
“When he’s having success, he’s hitting the ball the other way,” Hurdle said of Holliday’s homer to right.
He’s also going to the barber. Holliday’s two-hit night came after his wife sent him to get his hair cut. However, he’s not superstitious.
“I don’t believe in that, but it is a coincidence,” Holliday said. “We need these wins.”
The Rockies entered the series down 6 1/2 games to the Padres in the standings, but have gained two games with two more to go. After Thursday’s come-from-behind, 9-8 win in 10 innings followed by Kim’s gem, Colorado has some momentum.
“It’s a challenge but it’s an opportunity,” Hurdle said. “We look forward to playing.”
“I made sure I got my hand underneath it and it rattled around the glove a little bit and I was fortunate enough to hold onto it,” Sullivan said.
Clay Hensley (6-8) hasn’t won a road game since May 14 in Chicago. He went six innings, allowing five hits with six walks. However, only one of those walks scored.
“Our guy pitched pretty well, too,” Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.
All evening long, Hensley pitched his way out of trouble, but couldn’t escape the fifth unscathed. Jamey Carroll led off with a walk and stole second on a botched hit-and-run play where Clint Barmes failed to make contact.
Barmes then attempted to bunt him over to third, but popped it up. However, Hensley, who was moving in on the play, couldn’t catch it. Barmes was credited with an infield single and Carroll advanced to third. Garrett Atkins’ slow roller to Khalil Greene allowed Carroll to score and Barmes to move to second.
Holliday followed with an RBI single to right to bring home Barmes and give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
“It came down to a blown hit-and-run play in the fifth,” Bochy said.
More than that, though, it came down to the pitching performance of Kim.
“He pitched great,” Holliday said.
The Padres sent RHP Chan Ho Park home Friday to have further tests done on a lower digestive tract virus. Bochy said Park will not make his scheduled start Sunday against Colorado. … Hawpe recorded his 13th outfield assist by throwing out Josh Bard, who’d singled and then slipped rounding first. Hawpe is tied with Washington’s Alfonso Soriano for the NL lead. … Colorado RHP Chin-hui Tsao threw off the mound Friday and will throw batting practice on Tuesday. Tsao’s on the 60-day DL as he recovers from right shoulder surgery.