DENVER -- The biggest pitch of Wednesday's series finale with the Rockies may have come in the ninth inning Tuesday when Rockies reliever Scott Oberg hit Manuel Margot in the left rib cage with a pitch, sending him to the hospital and the disabled list with bruised ribs. There were
DENVER -- The biggest pitch of Wednesday's series finale with the Rockies may have come in the ninth inning Tuesday when Rockies reliever Scott Oberg hit Manuel Margot in the left rib cage with a pitch, sending him to the hospital and the disabled list with bruised ribs. There were two more hit batters in the first and second innings Wednesday, and when Nolan Arenado charged the mound after a Luis Perdomo pitch sailed behind him in the third, the game plan unraveled enough for the Padres to let in five runs that inning en route to a 6-4 loss.
"Our team is out there competing to win a baseball game," manager Andy Green said. "We came up a little short. After that incident, we didn't execute. We had probably half an inning before we got back into the flow of the baseball game, and that's what it took for us to lose a baseball game. That's what we've got to take from this -- no matter what happens, no matter how a game goes, you lock back in and you show up to win a baseball game."
Perdomo hit Rockies shortstop Trevor Story in the first inning and Rockies starter German Marquez hit right fielder Hunter Renfroe in the second, building tension after Margot's injury the night before and some carryover from hit batters when the two teams met in San Diego a week ago.
"Nobody wants to get hit, that's the bottom line," Renfroe said of the escalating situation, despite maintaining that he doesn't think he was intentionally hit. "Everybody throws 95-100 [mph] now. Nobody wants to get hit. Balls are hard. You don't want to have a career-ending injury or anything like that. You want to play clean baseball. You want to play the way it's meant to be played. And it's also meant to be played hard. Go out there, continue to battle."
After Arenado charged the mound and Perdomo hurled his glove at him, both benches erupted in a prolonged fracas, with three distinct rounds of renewed scuffles with punches landing and five players getting ejected, including Perdomo, catcher A.J. Ellis, Arenado, Marquez and Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra. The Rockies rallied for five runs against reliever Buddy Baumann in the bottom of the third while the Padres tried to find their footing again.
"It could have been them getting fired up," first baseman Eric Hosmer said of the Rockies' rally. "We came back and answered. Just fell short. I think maybe it fired them up a little bit. Maybe that led to it. Who knows?"
The Padres managed only an infield hit over the next two innings, then bounced back with a three-run sixth, sparked by a leadoff homer from Franchy Cordero, who was reinstated Wednesday to take Margot's place on the roster. Hosmer doubled, advanced to third on Jose Pirela's single, then scored on a force play, with Pirela scoring later on a passed ball.
The Padres had one more abbreviated rally when Hosmer launched his first homer as a Padre, a one-out solo shot in the eighth.
"It felt good," Hosmer said. "You always wait to get the first stuff out of the way. It felt good to get that one out of the way. Like Wil [Myers] said, I'm officially a Padre now."
The Padres won two-out-of-three in Colorado and finished the road trip 3-3.
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Double indemnity: If there were any question about the Padres' composure after the third-inning scuffle, a pair of defensive errors put the question to rest. Ian Desmond pinch-hit to complete Arenado's at-bat after his ejection and reached on a fielding error from third baseman Cory Spangenberg, scoring on a Carlos Gonzalez single to right. Two walks and a sacrifice later, Tony Wolters singled to center on a ball that got past Cordero and cleared the bases, leaving Wolters at third before he eventually scored.
"Franchy got a bad hop in the outfield and they scored some runs," Green said. "I think if he catches that ball cleanly, one run scores and that's it. That makes a whole different ballgame, really. We got bad-hopped there and it got by him, and they scored three. That was the big point in the game. Not necessarily the fight."
Season debuts: Two Padres making their season debuts had a big impact on the game. Baumann was called up Monday for Kirby Yates, and came in when Perdomo was ejected in the third, allowing five runs (two earned) on two hits and two walks in one-third of an inning. Cordero -- the Padres' No. 10 prospect -- made his season debut, playing a part with a third-inning error and atoning for it with his sixth-inning home run.
"He's got as much pop as anybody we have," Green said of Cordero before the game. "He's not a fun guy to stare at as the first batter of the game."
"I was getting ready for defense, and all of a sudden it was like a bull in a china closet. I had to kind of get going out there. I wasn't expecting it." -- Renfroe, on being surprised at how quickly Arenado charged the mound
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Pirela was 2-for-4 and had multi-hit games in all three games of the series. He is hitting .440 (11-for-25) with four doubles and three RBIs in seven career games at Coors Field.
Bryan Mitchell toes the rubber at Petco Park as the Padres open a four-game set with the Giants at 7:10 p.m. PT. Mitchell pitched 5 2/3 innings of shutout baseball Saturday in Houston, allowing three hits and six walks while striking out one in a 1-0 loss. Mitchell's control was lacking, but he kept the Astros off balance and allowed nothing but weak contact on the three singles he allowed. Right-hander Chris Stratton makes the start for San Francisco.
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Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Padres on Wednesday.