Rockies-Padres Preview

The Associated Press

After being humbled by the World Series champions, the Colorado Rockies are probably looking forward to another series with the San Diego Padres.

The Padres are likely also looking forward to a new opponent - one without any lingering animosity - after what transpired in their last game.

The visiting Rockies try to regroup in Friday night's opener against a Padres team hoping to regain its composure one night after taking part in an intense bench-clearing brawl.

Following a three-game sweep of San Diego last weekend to up its record to 5-1, Colorado arrived in San Francisco looking to see how it stacked up against the reigning champs. It left the Bay Area getting swept in three games.

"We can't get hung up on games this early in the season, whether we get swept by the Giants or sweep the Padres," Eric Young Jr. said after a 10-0 loss in Wednesday's finale. "There's just too much baseball left to play."

That starts with a series against San Diego, a team the Rockies (5-4) outscored 20-6 last weekend.

Dexter Fowler and Wilin Rosario each had two homers in that series, and Michael Cuddyer finished 5 for 8 with a home run and four RBIs. Troy Tulowitzki went 4 for 7 with three RBIs, and he's batting .379 with 15 RBIs in his last 15 games in San Diego.

While the offense thrived versus the Padres, it had nominal success against San Francisco's formidable rotation, batting .181 with 28 strikeouts. Tulowitzki was 2 for 10 with a solo homer and a double against the Giants while Fowler was 1 for 9.

"We won the first two series, we lost this one," manager Walt Weiss said. "If we go into San Diego and win another series, we're in a good place."

Bringing up the rear in the NL West, the Padres (2-7) aren't in a good place, and one of their more dangerous hitters could be facing a suspension.

Carlos Quentin was in the middle of Thursday's brawl after being hit by a pitch by the Los Angeles Dodgers' Zack Greinke in the sixth inning. Quentin charged the mound, lowered his shoulder and exploded into Greinke, who was ready and used his shoulder to collide with the San Diego slugger. Quentin then tackled the pitcher, and both ended up on the bottom of a huge scrum.

After the teams started going back to the dugouts and bullpens, the yelling resumed and all the players and coaches again got in each other's faces.

"That situation could have been avoided. You'd have to ask Zack about that," Quentin said after San Diego fell 3-2, its fifth loss in six games.

"I've been hit by many pitches. Some have been intentional, some have not been. For the amount I have been hit and my hitting style, I'm going to repeat: I have never reacted that way."

Quentin also was confronted by Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp as they left Petco Park. The teams don't have to wait long to settle any unfinished business, with the teams meeting Monday in Los Angeles.

First, though, Friday's opener is a pitching rematch from the middle game last weekend, with Colorado's Jon Garland (1-0, 3.00 ERA) opposing Tyson Ross (0-1, 4.50).

In his first start since June 1, 2011, Garland gave up two runs and five hits in six innings in Saturday's 6-3 win. The Padres (2-7) loaded the bases with nobody out in the fourth, but the right-hander, who missed all of 2012 while recovering from labrum and rotator cuff surgery, held them to one run.

"Garland knows how to manipulate the at-bat, navigate a lineup, minimize the damage," Weiss said. "He's a pro and there's some peace of mind with him out there - he's been around and doesn't get flustered when you get a little traffic going."

One of the only San Diego batters to give Garland trouble was Quentin, who went 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles.

Ross wasn't particularly effective against Colorado, needing 96 pitches to get through four innings. He yielded three runs, three hits and four walks, though manager Bud Black was impressed with the right-hander's velocity.

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