The Rockies, finally, plugged into their power supply at Coors Field. The result was a three-game sweep of the formally red-hot San Diego Padres.
Manager Bud Black has been prodding — pleading? cajoling? — for his players to hit more home runs. With good reason.
Through the seventh inning of Tuesday night’s loss to Cleveland, the Rockies had suffered through a drought of 266 consecutive plate appearances without a home run, the third-longest streak in franchise history.
But they delivered big time against the Padres, slugging eight in the three-game set.
In Colorado’s 8-3 victory on Sunday, in front of a Father’s Day crowd of 47,342, Randal Grichuk hit a three-run homer in the fifth off of lefty Blake Snell, and Elias Diaz delivered a solo shot to right field to lead off the sixth off Adrian Morejon. It was Diaz’s first homer since April 29.
Included in Colorado’s five-run fifth was a triple into the right-field corner by Garrett Hampson, who just came off the COVID-19 injured list, and an RBI single by Brendan Rodgers.
As for the Padres, they’d best heed the advice of legendary rocker Bob Seger: “Get out of Denver, baby, go!”
Because bad things happen to the Padres in LoDo. They not only lost Sunday’s game they also lost all-star third baseman Manny Mado to a sprained left ankle. Machado turned his ankle while trying to beat out a groundball in the first inning.
San Diego (41-27), competing with the Dodgers for the top spot in the National League West, had won 11 of 14 games before coming to Denver. But it has now lost 10 consecutive games at Coors Field, dating back to June 14 of last season.
Right-hander Antonio Senzatela had a lot to do with Colorado’s victory on Sunday. He pitched six innings, giving up one run on six hits, with three strikeouts and one walk. His lone mistake was serving up a monster, leadoff homer to Luke Voit in the second. Voit’s homer traveled 437 feet to left.
Simply put, Senzatela owns the Padres. He’s 8-3 with a 3.17 ERA against them, his lowest ERA vs. any National League West team. At Coors, he’s 6-1 with a 2.89 ERA vs. San Diego.
The Rockies are off on Monday before opening a six-game road trip on Tuesday at Miami. After three games against the Marlins, they’ll play three at Minnesota against the Twins.
The Rockies are off on Monday
Trending: Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela has struck out three or more batters in each of his last five starts. He averaged 2.60 strikeouts per nine innings through his first six starts and has averaged 6.80 strikeouts per nine over his last five.
At issue: Although the Rockies took two of three games from the Marlins at Coors Field earlier this season, they have not fared well in Miami, where they open a three-game series on Tuesday. Colorado’s all-time record at Miami is 39-70.
Tuesday: Rockies RHP Ryan Feltner (1-2, 4.85) at Marlins LHP Daniel Castano (0-1, 0.0), 4:40 p.m., ATTRM
Wednesday: Rockies RHP Chad Kuhl (4-4, 3.69) at Marlins RHP Pablo Lopez (4-3, 2.85), 4:40 p.m., ATTRM
Thursday: Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (3-5, 4.46) at Marlins LHP Braxton Garrett (1-2, 4.85), 10:10 a.m., ATTRM