Colorado Rockies beat the heat and complete the sweep

The heat is on.

Despite playing over two decades in a ballpark named after a refreshingly cold beer, the Colorado Rockies have played an entire home series in 98 degree heat for the first time in franchise history. 

The dry heat has apparently served the Rockies well, as they have swept the San Diego Padres for the first time since September 13-15, 2019, with a 8-7 walk-off win on Wednesday.

Charlie Blackmon delivered for the first time in his career as a pinch hitter with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning. The grizzly veteran has had many heroic moments in his illustrious career with the Rockies but never off the bench.

Blackmon extended his on-base streak to 18 games and is currently batting .383 through the month of June. 

The Rockies struck first with a three-run first inning, highlighted by a two-run homer by C.J. Cron.

Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his National League leading 21st home run and Trent Grisham also hit a two-run bomb to tie the game 3-3 in the third inning. 

The Rockies retook the lead in bottom half of the inning on an RBI double by Brendan Rodgers.

The Padres came back on top 5-4 in the fourth on a pair of RBI doubles by Tatis and Manny Machado.

Colorado instantly responded with a solo home run by Elias Diaz to the tie the game in the fourth inning. RBI knocks by Yonathan Daza and Trevor Story, his second of the day, gave the Rockies a 7-5 lead. 

Jake Cronenworth hit a pinch-hit home run in the sixth inning and the Padres later tied the game at 7-7 on a sacrifice fly by Grisham in the ninth inning.

This was not the game for pitchers. Blake Snell lasted 3.1 innings while giving up all seven runs with only one strikeout. The Padres thought they were getting an ace when they made the trade with Tampa Bay but in 14 starts, Snell has a 5.72 ERA, a far cry from his 2018 Cy Young form.

The Padres recently had Colorado’s number since changing to the brown and gold, having beaten the Rockies 10 out of their last 14 meetings.

While the Padres still remain entrenched in the playoff race with a 38-32 record, they are currently in the midst of an early summer slump. San Diego has lost 13 of its last 17 games since May 30, which includes 9-of-10 on the road. 

The Padres hope to enjoy some home cooking this weekend against the Cincinnati Reds with Petco Park opening at 100% capacity for the first time since 2019.  

About: Tony Capobianco


Sports Kave senior writer and podcast host

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