Padres 11, Rockies 1
DENVER (AP)—There’s something about the Mile High air that suits Chris Young, who found his control at Coors Field.
Young bounced back from a wild outing at Los Angeles with seven solid innings, continuing his mastery of the Colorado Rockies in San Diego’s 11-1 rout Friday night.
The Rockies can blame the Dodgers for Young’s performance.
“I had to make better pitches after that outing,” he said of his loss at Los Angeles on Sunday when he walked five batters and allowed seven hits in two innings.
“I had to get my confidence back. I was out of sync in L.A. and their hitters made me pay for it. In L.A. I wasn’t able to throw strikes. Tonight, I was.”
Seventy-two of his 100 pitches were in the zone, and so was he.
Young (2-1), whose loss Sunday to the Dodgers snapped his major league record-tying mark of 25 straight starts on the road without a defeat, stymied the Rockies’ bats just like he did last year when he won both of his starts at Coors Field. He’s now 4-0 with a 2.65 ERA against Colorado.
“It’s coincidence,” Young insisted. “They’re a good-hitting team.”
Not on this night, they weren’t.
Young yielded just four singles and a run in seven stellar innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven. He helped his cause at the plate, reaching base three times, singling and driving in a run.
“This was Chris at his best,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “I thought his slider was very sharp in the zone. He worked his fastball at the top of the zone and at the knees as well. … He had a rough go against L.A. He was determined to have a good one to night.”
Reliever Doug Brocail retired all six batters he faced, completing the four-hitter and holding to the Rockies to their fewest hits at home since they were two-hit by the White Sox on June 6, 2005.
Adrian Gonzalez, who matched his career-high with four RBIs, deposited a Josh Fogg fastball 447 feet away in the Padres’ bullpen for his fourth homer of the season, a three-run shot in the first inning that got the Padres going.
“It helped to have an early lead,” Young said. “It gave me a lot of room for error and allow me to be aggressive.”
In the fourth, Giles lined an RBI single up the middle off Fogg to make it 5-1. Mike Cameron followed with the Padres’ fourth straight single, loading the bases and forcing Fogg out of the game for Matt Herges, who allowed four more runs in the inning.
Fogg (0-1) was tagged for eight runs and 11 hits in three-plus innings.
“He really didn’t have much sharpness to his breaking stuff,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.
Or anything else for that matter.
“There were a lot of pitches that were lacking sharpness,” Fogg said. “I can’t just blame it on breaking balls. It was fastballs, change-ups, cutters, they were all pretty bad.”
Gonzalez’s home run was the first at Coors Field since Tuesday night. No long balls were hit during the Los Angeles Dodgers’ two-game trip to Denver, marking just the fourth time since the stadium opened in 1995 that there were consecutive games without home runs. There has never been three straight homerless games at Coors Field.
Gonzalez has had four RBIs five times in his career, including April 10 against San Francisco.
All three of Colorado’s losses on this homestand have come by seven runs or more.
“You have a tendency to try to find a way to score seven runs in an inning and catch up quick and sometimes your bats spin out of control,” Hurdle said. “We haven’t hit with consistency. We have a better hitting team and we need to hit. We’re 17 games into this thing and we need to put our work gloves on, show up tomorrow and play good baseball.”
Padres C Rob Bowen had a career-best three hits and drove in a run with a groundout. … Giles second-inning line drive was originally ruled an error but was changed two innings later, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. … Rockies 1B Todd Helton committed his first error since July 31 vs. Milwaukee, ending a 70-game errorless streak. He also struck out for just the third time in 57 at-bats so far.