DENVER -- Another underwhelming offensive output hurt the Rockies in a 5-2 loss to the Padres on Tuesday, as they lost for the fourth time in five games on their first homestand of the season.While left-hander Tyler Anderson turned in a strong start, the Rockies were held to just five
DENVER -- Another underwhelming offensive output hurt the Rockies in a 5-2 loss to the Padres on Tuesday, as they lost for the fourth time in five games on their first homestand of the season.
While left-hander Tyler Anderson turned in a strong start, the Rockies were held to just five hits. Their lone runs came in the first inning via Trevor Story, their one bright spot this homestand, who launched his third homer since Friday -- a two-run shot that narrowly cleared the right-field wall.
Hunter Renfroe pushed the Padres ahead with a two-out, three-run homer in the seventh for the first runs allowed by prized Rockies offseason acquisition Bryan Shaw, and Colorado's quiet bats failed to manufacture a run against San Diego's bullpen.
"We just haven't been doing what we're capable of doing throughout the whole game," Story said. "It's hard to say what that is, but it's very early, and we feel like we'll get it clicking."
"It's a collective thing," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "We talked about it a lot. This happens across the landscape of the game, where if your offense is going, you have maybe five, six, seven guys swinging the bat well out of your 12 or 13 position players. We have maybe a couple. So with that, there's not going to be a lot of production. That's what we're seeing -- the limited number of guys swinging the bat well."
Padres starter Joey Lucchesi didn't make things easy, as he allowed two unearned runs over six-plus innings. Utilizing a back-facing windup, the deceptive left-hander mixed his two-seam fastball and curveball en route to his first career win. He now has 15 strikeouts in 11 innings against Colorado dating back to last Thursday, when he pitched five scoreless innings against the Rockies.
Anderson limited the Padres to two runs, despite allowing seven hits and two walks. He also struck out eight, his most since May 13, 2017, and he did it with a diverse range of pitches, turning to his cutter more early in counts as the game went on.
"I would say, other than those two walks, most of the time I was in the strike zone a lot, which is always good," Anderson said. "Changeup was better tonight. I still gave up a few hits on it. … It's nice if you're getting strikeouts with any of your pitches. But if you can get them with all of them, it's even better."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Hosmer reaches on backhand bobble: With two outs in the top of the seventh, Pat Valaika muffed a grounder hit by Eric Hosmer at first, resulting in an infield single that set up Renfroe's homer on the next pitch. It was the second night in a row in which the Rockies could not escape a minor jam and it turned into a major factor in defeat. On Monday, Jon Gray gave up five runs in the third inning after inducing consecutive groundouts.
Opportunity gets away: The Rockies appeared to be on the verge of an immediate rally in the seventh inning. They had runners on second and third with no outs and chased Lucchesi. But the middle of the lineup couldn't get a hit against Padres reliever Kazuhisa Makita. Ian Desmond flied out, Gerardo Parra struck out and Valaika popped out. The Rockies are 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position this series and 17-for-70 (.242) this season.
"I'm just trying to have good at-bats for the team, really. If I get a pitch that I can really put a good swing on, I think good things will happen. The results haven't always been there, but I feel good, and I feel like I'm having good at-bats." -- Story, on recent success at the plate
German Marquez is looking to overcome a cold start in the Rockies' frigid home opener against the Braves, as Colorado wraps up the series against San Diego at 1:10 p.m. MT on Wednesday. The high-velocity right-hander gave up seven earned runs, one shy of a career high, while walking six, three more than his previous career high, last time out. In five career outings against the Padres, including three starts, Marquez is 2-1 with a 6.30 ERA.
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