New team, same result in Colorado for Jake Arrieta

Jake Arrieta returned to Coors Field on Wednesday to face the Rockies with a new team but the result was the same. 

He gave up five runs on seven hits with three strikeouts in 3.1 innings in a 7-5 loss to the Rockies. His day ended with a mild hamstring injury.

“I felt great, more than capable of going upwards of 100 pitches, and that was the mindset,” Arrieta said after the game. “That was the game plan going into the start, especially with the guys in the ‘pen being taxed the way that they have recently. 

“I would’ve loved to give the team at least two more innings. And that’s probably the most frustrating part about it, having the hammy happen when it did.”

Arrieta joined the Padres on Monday after signing a minor league deal. He was instantly inserted into the starting rotation to help patch up the injury riddled group. The Padres are already without Matt StrahmYu DarvishDrew PomeranzDinelson Lamet and Chris Paddack.

“It’s an unfortunate intro to the group,” Arrieta said. “I feel bad for what happened. It’s not the way you want to start off with your new group of guys, especially in a situation to stop the bleeding and salvage a game in the series.”

Two weeks ago, Arrieta started for Chicago Cubs against the Rockies and gave up four runs on nine hits in four innings in a 6-5 loss. 

Arrieta was released by the Chicago Cubs after going 5-11 with a 6.88 ERA and 74 strikeouts in his second stint with the club. He started the season with a 2.57 ERA in five starts but was clearly not the same since injuring his thumb in May. 

The Padres have lost seven straight games to the Rockies at Coors Field. The last time they won in Colorado was during a doubleheader on May 12.

Colorado has won the season series over San Diego 11-8. The Padres won five of their first six matchups against the Rockies this season but have gone 3-10 the rest of the way. 

The Rockies have had the Padres’ number for years. The only season since 2015 in which the Padres won the season series over Colorado was in 2020 when they won 7-of-10. 

The Padres end a seven-game road trip with only one win to show for it. The National League West is out of reach for Them (12.5 GB) but they still hold the second wild card spot with a 1.5 game lead. 

The Padres will need their pitching to get healthy soon in order to hold off the Cincinnati Reds (1.5 GB) and St. Louis Cardinals (3.5 GB). 

About: Tony Capobianco

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