After two innings, the Rockies trailed San Diego 5-0. It felt like 50-0.
And while the Padres’ dynamic offense continued to apply pressure, Colorado’s hitters barely registered a pulse.
The end result was a 13-2 San Diego victory Sunday afternoon at Coors Field that dropped the Rockies back to .500, at 17-17. They are 8-10 at home, where they have lost eight of their past 11. The Padres — who pounded out 17 hits, including five home runs — improved to 21-15 and are firmly entrenched in second place in the National League West behind the uncatchable Los Angeles Dodgers (26-10).
With Monday’s 2 p.m. (MDT) trade deadline looming, the Rockies did make a deal Sunday for right-handed reliever Mychal Givens to prop up their suspect bullpen, but it remains to be seen if they will make a deal for a bat to spark their inconsistent offense.
“It’s tough to say right now,” general manager Jeff Bridich said when asked if the Rockies could improve their lineup with a power bat or possibly with a more impactful catcher. “I think that offensively, there are some better days ahead. We’ve scored a decent amount of runs, if you compare us across the league. But I think everybody knows, internally in particular, that there are, collectively, better days ahead, moving forward with this group.”
Padres right-hander Chris Paddack entered the game 2-3 with a 5.15 ERA but held the Rockies to two runs (none earned) on five hits over six innings while striking out eight.
“Guys realize that we’re scuffling a little bit with the bats, and a lot of times players will try to do a little too much, come out of their approach, and it works against them,” manager Bud Black said. “I thought Paddack today pitched pretty well.”
Meanwhile, Rockies rookie right-hander Ryan Castellani, coming off the first win of his big-league career, was blistered for five runs on six hits over two innings. The most hurtful blow was Eric Hosmer’s three-run blast in the first. Hosmer drove Castellani’s 3-2 slider 435 feet to right-center.
“You know what I think the changeup played a big factor that today — it wasn’t great,” said Castellani, now 1-2 with a 5.24 ERA. “I didn’t throw too many of them and that’s been a huge pitch for me, in all my starts. I’ve thrown it early in the count, behind in the count. Not having that today hurt me and made me a two-pitch pitcher.”
By the end of the hot, breezy day in LoDo, the Padres had launched four more home runs off Colorado’s bullpen: a two-run shot by Jake Cronenworth off the struggling Jairo Diaz in the seventh; solo blasts by Jurickson Profar and Trent Grisham off left-hander James Pazos in the eighth; and a 444-foot, two-run rocket by Josh Naylor off Phillip Diehl in the ninth.
The Rockies had only seven hits and their only extra-base hit was a double by Nolan Arenado in the fourth.
Colorado might have been shut out had it not been for Hosmer’s two-out throwing error in the sixth that scored Raimel Tapia and opened the door for Ryan McMahon’s RBI single.
The two teams close out their four-game series Monday night at Coors Field.