14-Aug-2019 / Associated Press
DENVER (AP) — The usually sure-footed Arizona Diamondbacks made a couple of uncharacteristic base-running mistakes.
It didn't matter. They found an easy way to around them — the long ball.
Jarrod Dyson homered on the second pitch of the game during a five-run first inning and was later involved in a quirky double play as the Diamondbacks cruised to a 9-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
It was Dyson's third career leadoff homer — all this season. Christian Walker, Nick Ahmed and David Peralta added two-run homers off Jeff Hoffman (1-4), who was making an emergency start following Jon Gray's scratch due to left ankle soreness. Hoffman surrendered seven runs over two innings.
"Dyson started the party," said Ahmed, who's homered in three straight games. "A leadoff homer is always great and hitting can be contagious after that."
The strangest play of the night was on an inning-ending double play in the eighth that involved tagging out two Diamondbacks runners caught in rundowns. With runners on first and third, Dyson grounded a ball to first baseman Daniel Murphy, who trapped Ahmed between third and home. Ahmed was eventually tagged out and Dyson, who had broken toward second, eventually was tagged out going back to first.
The play was officially scored almost like a lottery ticket: 3-4-3-1-8.
"Good thing it didn't cost us the game," Dyson said. "We just learn from it and take the negative and fix it."
Arizona also had Josh Rojas thrown out trying to steal.
"Outs are precious. I don't like to give them up in any way," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "We gave them an inning's worth of outs on the base paths. That's not what we do here. We'll tighten that up."
Ahmed finished a double shy of the cycle in sending the Diamondbacks to their fifth straight win over Colorado. They're averaging 5.67 runs a game against Colorado since 2011, which marks the highest average of any team against a divisional opponent over that span.
This was a rough outing for the Rockies on "Bark at the Park" night at Coors Field, where fans brought their dogs and a pregame pup parade was held around the warning track.
Hoffman never got on track, surrendering three homers in the first. It's the second straight game the Diamondbacks have posted a three-homer inning, which is a franchise first.
"It was a rough night for Jeff," Rockies manager Bud Black explained.
Wearing teal-colored cleats, Arizona starter Zac Gallen threw four solid innings before his pitch count reached 90 and he was taken out. The right-hander allowed two runs in his second start for Arizona since being acquired from Miami on July 31.
Arizona's bullpen turned in another solid outing, with Kevin Ginkel (1-0) earning the win by throwing two scoreless frames.
Rockies catcher Dom Nuñez hit a solo shot in the eighth to become the seventh player in franchise history to homer during his major league debut. Nunez had his contracted selected from Triple-A Albuquerque before the game.
"If you would have told me this was going to happen I would have said you're crazy," said Nunez, who had the home run ball retrieved after it landed in the Arizona bullpen. "But I'm happy it did."
Rockies: Gray hurt his ankle when he slipped on the dugout steps in San Diego last week. Gray will throw a bullpen session Wednesday and could start Friday or Saturday.
Veteran catcher Chris Iannetta was designated for assignment Tuesday after spending parts of eight seasons with the Rockies. He's the franchise's all-time leader among catchers in games played (620), runs scored (252), home runs (80), RBIs (293) and walks (309).
The 36-year-old was hitting .222 with six homers this season.
"What a great Rockie," Black said.
THE NEW FACE
Nuñez found out he was being called up when his Triple-A manager Glenallen Hill called a postgame team meeting in the clubhouse.
"He looked over at me and said, 'Nunez, you're going to the big leagues,'" he recounted. "The whole team erupted."
Nuñez was picked by Colorado as an infielder in the sixth round of the 2013 draft. He switched to catcher the following season.
The 24-year-old had about a dozen family and friends in attendance.
Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray (10-7, 3.99 ERA) makes his fifth start this season against Colorado on Wednesday. The Rockies will counter with lefty Kyle Freeland (3-10, 7.06).
13-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team practiced in full pads to begin the second full week of fall camp on Tuesday, working out for just over two hours while splitting time inside the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joanne Gass practice fields.
Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander spoke to the media after the conclusion of the practice and started off talking about the full team scrimmage held over the weekend.
"My big takeaway from the scrimmage was kind of an overall theme for the defense," Chinander said. "When we had busts, assignment errors or communication errors, the offense was very productive. When we were all on the same page and everybody, all 11 guys were playing one defense, we were pretty salty. The offense came out with a really good tempo I thought that day and us being able to adjust to that tempo is going to be the tale of the story here. I thought the first group tackled well, the second and third groups need to get a little better. I thought we were physical when we needed to be, and we saw a lot of guys do a lot of good things, so it was great for us."
Chinander then spoke about the improvement of cornerback Cam Taylor and how he can be utilized for multiple situations.
"Cam's a really dynamic player," Chinander said. "He can take reps at corner, he can take reps at safety. He can replace JoJo (Domann) at outside backer against ‘11’ personnel teams when we need him to, so having a guy like him that knows the whole defense and every position and is physical enough to play down low and is good enough on the edge to play coverage is pretty exceptional."
Chinander went back to the scrimmage and talked about how the defense started off on the wrong foot, but was able to quickly respond.
"Like I said, it looked good," Chinander said. "That first series, the offense came out and punched us in the mouth and had some big plays. Then after that, especially the first group, they tightened it down and really played some good football. It was good and bad. Would I like to just go and shut the whole thing down every series? Absolutely, but then I've got a whole new bag of problems because then it's feeling good and trying to reel them back in. I liked how it went because we got knocked down right away and we came back and did our job, so there's a little bit of butt-chewing I can do, but we aren't quite there yet. I liked where it was at."
Chinander finished off with the leadership mentality that is starting to be implemented with the Huskers.
"I think there's vertical leadership and horizontal leadership," Chinander said. "Sometimes when the leaders go vertical down to the rest of the team or from me to them down, the others guys need to go horizontal so everybody understands the message, and I think that's starting to happen. Once the leaders and the coaches say something now, everybody is spreading the word and reeling everybody else back in, so it's been good."
The Huskers will continue fall camp with practice on Wednesday, with the first game taking place at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 31 against South Alabama at 11 a.m CT.
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The Nebraska volleyball team is ranked second in the AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll, which was released on Tuesday.
The Huskers received one of the 64 first-place votes and totaled 1,451 points. Stanford, which received 62 first-place votes, took the No. 1 ranking with 1,598 points. The Cardinal defeated the Huskers in the NCAA Championship match last December in Minneapolis, 3-2. The two teams will meet this regular season on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. This marks the second straight year the Huskers will begin the season at No. 2.
Minnesota (1,414), Texas (1,385) and Wisconsin (1,329) rounded out the top five. Other Big Ten teams in the top 10 included No. 6 Illinois and No. 8 Penn State. The Nittany Lions received the final first-place vote. Nebraska is scheduled to play 12 regular-season matches against teams ranked in the AVCA Preseason Poll.
The Huskers return five starters from last year's team, including first-team All-America middle blocker Lauren Stivrins. Nebraska will be replacing significant contributors in outside hitter Mikaela Foecke and libero Kenzie Maloney, who both won two NCAA Championships and two Big Ten titles with the Huskers in their four years at NU.
The Huskers begin the season with the Red-White Scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Tickets remain and can be purchased online here.
13-Aug-2019 / Associated Press
DENVER (AP) — Somewhere around the fifth inning, Josh Rojas began to gaze around the ball park and a particular thought dawned on him.
"I realized I'm in the big leagues right now," the outfielder said after his major league debut. "This is pretty crazy."
It took him a couple innings to settle in before making a big impression. The same goes for his teammates.
Jake Lamb, Nick Ahmed and Carson Kelly homered during a four-run sixth inning as the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for an 8-6 victory over the reeling Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
Over the course of 13 pitches, Arizona went from trailing 6-3 to leading 7-6. Lamb started the comeback with a solo shot off reliever Jake McGee. Ahmed later hit a two-run homer and Kelly followed with a solo shot off Chad Bettis (1-6).
It was the Diamondbacks' 27th comeback win of the season and keeps them in the thick of the wild-card chase.
"In this ball park, no game is over — no matter what the score is, no matter what inning it is," Ahmed said.
Rojas had a pair of hits in his first big league game, including an RBI single in the seventh to make it 8-6. After his inaugural base hit in the sixth — just ahead of Ahmed's homer — the keepsake baseball was tossed into the dugout, where Eduardo Escobar playfully pretended to throw it into the crowd.
Rojas was acquired last month in the deal that sent right-hander Zack Greinke to Houston. Rojas became the 10th Arizona-born player to suit up for the Diamondbacks.
"Really nice approach. Unfazed. Good heartbeat. Not glossy-eyed. He looked very comfortable," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "To be relaxed, and do what he did today was very, very impressive."
Merrill Kelly (8-12) allowed four of his six runs in the first inning as he earned his first victory since June 12. Archie Bradley tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save.
Just don't call Bradley the closer.
"I don't want to put an extra title on him," Lovullo said. "He's going to get the ball at the back end. He's in a good spot."
The Rockies jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first after Raimel Tapia and Tony Wolters each delivered two-out, two-run singles. Kelly threw 29 pitches in the frame.
Trevor Story had two doubles and a solo homer for a Rockies squad that's gone 13-32 since June 21. It's the worst swoon by winning percentage in the National League over that time period and pretty much assured Colorado won't be making a third straight playoff appearance.
"It's tough. Knowing what our team's potential definitely makes it a little bit tougher," said Ryan McMahon, who had a solo homer in the fifth. "This is how we've been playing. It's on us. Nobody else to blame besides us."
Diamondbacks: OF David Peralta was out of the starting lineup with a stiff neck. He grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth. ... RHP Luke Weaver (forearm tightness) will throw a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday. He had an MRI last week and "everything is progressing," Lovullo said. ... RHP Taijuan Walker (Tommy John surgery) threw out to 90 feet Monday.
Rockies: OF Yonathan Daza says he's feeling "good" after fouling a ball off his left ankle Sunday. He entered as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and flew out.
Rockies starter Peter Lambert was cruising along until the fourth inning when he struggled to find the strike zone. He walked the opening three batters before getting a 1-2-3 double play. Two pitches later, Ahmed brought in two runs with a double to deep center to make it 4-3.
Lambert finished with five walks, one intentional, over five innings. He gave up three runs.
"I allowed a lot of free baserunners and that's not what you're trying to do as a pitcher," Lambert lamented.
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado said the mood in the clubhouse is one of complete frustration after a 1-5 trip added to their growing miseries. They were outscored 25-9 in two losses at Houston and then dropped three of four in San Diego.
"You don't want to get embarrassed like that or get beat up like that," Arenado said. "That team (Houston) is better than us. The Padres, they played well. ... They're getting better. It shows that we have a long ways to go."
Arizona righty Zac Gallen (2-3, 2.40 ERA) makes his first career start against Colorado on Tuesday. The Rockies will throw Jon Gray (10-8, 4.06), who's gone 5-2 with a 3.88 ERA at home this season.
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Former Nebraska golfer Brandon Crick has put himself in position to potentially qualify for the 2019-20 PGA Tour, after a pair of strong finishes recently on the Korn Ferry Tour.
Crick, who earned an NCAA Regional appearance as a Husker senior in 2010, recorded two straight top-15 finishes by taking second at the Ellie Mae Classic (Aug. 4) and tying for 15th at the Portland Open (Aug. 11). With the strong play, Crick vaulted from 155th to 54th in the tour standings giving him a chance to compete in the tour finals. The top 75 golfers in the point standings advance to the finals.
If Crick finishes in the top-25 in the point standings after the next three events in the finals, he will earn a PGA Tour card for the 2019-20 season. Crick has already secured a full-time spot on the Korn Ferry Tour next season.
“I've got nothing to lose," Crick said. "I've got a place to play next year, which is awesome, and I feel like my game is at a point where I can really compete and win.”
Before the last two regular-season tournaments on the Korn Ferry Tour, Crick had missed five straight cuts.
“It was kind of a grind of a season. When I was hitting the ball well, I wasn’t chipping and putting well," Crick said. "When I was chipping and putting well, I wasn’t hitting the ball well, so it all just kind of came together.”
Crick will be in action this weekend at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at the Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio. He will continue his hunt for a PGA Tour spot in the Albertsons Boise Open at the Hillcrest Country Club in Boise Idaho (Aug. 22-25), before rounding out the three tournament stretch at the Victoria National Golf Course in Newburgh, Ind., for the Korn Ferry Tour Championship.
Two other former Huskers made appearances on the Korn Ferry Tour this season, as Scott Gutschewski placed in the top-100 in the point standings and finished with two top-10 finishes, including a tie for ninth at the Pinnacle Bank Championships at The Club at Indian Creek in Omaha.
Former Husker Brady Schnell played in three Korn Ferry Tour events and placed in the top-30 in all three events highlighted by his tie for 12th at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship.
12-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Florence, Italy – Charlie Easley’s 15 points led five Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska wrapped up its tour of Italy with an 84-62 win over Italian Select Monday evening.
Easley, a walk-on from Lincoln, came off the bench to ignite a 10-3 Husker run late in the first quarter with consecutive 3-pointers after NU trailed 15-12. His second trifecta put NU ahead for good, as the Huskers stretched the lead after a slow start.
In addition to Easley’s 15, Dachon Burke added 12 for the Huskers while Shamiel Stevenson (11), Thorir Thorbjarnarson (11) and Kevin Cross (10) all finished in double figures. With the win, Nebraska went 4-0 on the trip over the last week.
Nebraska led 22-21 early in the second quarter before the Huskers ran off six straight points, including four from Stevenson, to push the lead to 28-21.
Italian Select was within 35-30 in the final minutes of the second quarter, but Nebraska closed the half with seven straight points to take a 12-point lead and opened the third quarter with nine unanswered points to build a 53-32 cushion with 7:29 left in the third quarter.
Nebraska learned its lesson from Thursday’s game with Silute BC, finished the third quarter strong. The Huskers scored six of the final eight points of the quarter to push the lead to 66-42 after Easley’s basket in the closing seconds of the quarter.
In the final quarter, Nebraska led by as much as 30 points with 6:08 remaining before cruising to a 22-point win.
The Huskers will return to Lincoln on Tuesday evening and will have some time off before the fall semester on Aug. 26.
12-Aug-2019 / Associated Press
SAN DIEGO (AP) — It has been a while since the Colorado Rockies played a game like this one.
Yonder Alonso hit his 100th career homer during Colorado's four-run sixth inning and German Márquez pitched eight strong innings for the Rockies, who beat the San Diego Padres 8-3 Sunday to snap a five-game losing streak.
The Rockies won for just the seventh time in 26 games. They are 13-31 since June 21.
"That's how you win. You get good starting pitching and timely hitting," manager Bud Black said. "That's what happened today. Obviously, the goal is to make that happen tomorrow; good pitching and timely hitting, and we just haven't had that for the greater part of a month."
Márquez (11-5) gave up three runs and five hits, struck out nine and walked two. He also hit an RBI single in the sixth and had two sacrifice bunts.
"I thought German was outstanding," Black said. "Again, he found his breaking ball. I thought in the middle innings, about the fourth, fifth, sixth, really, really good breaking ball. They were swinging at the ball down below the zone, so that was telling me that out of the hand it was looking like a strike and it was diving down below the zone."
Márquez said his mindset was "to keep the ball down and go as far as I can."
The right-hander improved to 3-0 against San Diego this season and 7-3 on the road overall.
"He's especially tough away from Coors Field," Padres manager Andy Green said. "It's a four-pitch mix. He was comfortable today on the mound. He threw the ball well for them. We took some good swings off of him early and it took us a while to finally mount some decent at-bats later in the game."
Francisco Mejía homered in the second and rookie Josh Naylor connected in the third to give the Padres a 2-0 lead that Alonso erased in the sixth.
Alonso, the brother-in-law of Padres slugger Manny Machado, homered to right with Charlie Blackmon aboard after a leadoff single. It was Alonso's second tying two-run shot in two games, his 10th homer overall this season and third with the Rockies.
"I'm just happy that we got a win," Alonso said. "A very important win, a win that kind of just cuts off that slide. Just a great job by Márquez."
Craig Stammen (6-6) then replaced Dinelson Lamet and allowed Ryan McMahon's double and Ian Desmond's go-ahead single. Stammen got two outs before Márquez singled to center to bring in Desmond.
The Rockies added two runs in the ninth off Carl Edwards Jr., who made his Padres debut. Desmond and Tony Wolters hit consecutive RBI singles.
San Diego rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. went 0 for 4 to end his 14-game hitting streak.
Lamet allowed three hits in five-plus innings. He struck out seven and walked three.
Naylor has played well since being recalled from Triple-A on Aug. 1, a day after outfielder Franmil Reyes was traded to Cleveland in a three-team deal.
"Seeing pitching every day, you get in a groove and you see the baseball more consistently," Naylor said. "You can read depths better, instead of coming off the bench."
Rockies: OF Yonathan Daza fouled a ball off his inner left ankle in the fourth and needed a few minutes to shake it off. He struck out and then left the game. Black said X-rays were negative. Daza was replaced by Desmond, who took over in left field while Raimel Tapia moved to center.
The Padres recalled Edwards from Triple-A El Paso and optioned right-hander Gerardo Reyes to their top farm club. Edwards was acquired from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for lefty Brad Wieck on July 31.
Rockies: RHP Peter Lambert (2-3, 6.87 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday night in the opener of a three-game home series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who counter with RHP Merrill Kelly (7-12, 4.52 ERA).
Padres: LHP Joey Lucchesi (7-6, 4.19) is scheduled to start Monday night's opener of a three-game home series against the Tampa Bay Rays.
09-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
The Nebraska women's basketball team completed a perfect three-game summer trip through Italy and Spain with a 94-77 win over the Barcelona All-Stars on Friday in Barcelona.
Sophomore Leigha Brown led the Huskers with 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting, including a 4-for-7 night from three-point range. Brown, who added four rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals against Barcelona, averaged a team-best 19.7 points per game in Nebraska's three victories in Europe.
Junior center Kate Cain enjoyed a big night with 18 points on 9-for-9 shooting while adding nine rebounds, three blocks and a steal. Cain capped her three-game trip with averages of 9.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.7 blocks for the Big Red.
Senior Nicea Eliely added a strong all-around game of her own with 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals on Friday. The 6-1 guard from Colorado Springs, Colo., hit 7-of-9 shots from the field for the game. Eliely averaged double-figure points over three games for Nebraska in Europe.
Junior Taylor Kissinger gave the Huskers four players in double figures with 12 points on 4-of-9 three-point shooting. The 6-1 guard from Minden, Neb., added five rebounds and four assists. She also averaged double figures in scoring for Nebraska in Italy and Spain, while leading NU's three-point shooters.
All nine Huskers who played in Friday's game in Barcelona found the scoring column, including eight points and nine rebounds from sophomore forward Ashtyn Veerbeek. Sophomore guard Sam Haiby pitched in six points and five assists, while senior guard Hannah Whitish added four points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Sophomore Kayla Mershon contributed four points and three rebounds, while senior forward Grace Mitchell added two points, four rebounds, an assist and a steal.
The Huskers opened the competitive portion of their international tour on Saturday, Aug. 3, with a 60-43 win over TTT Riga in Rome. Brown led the Big Red with 18 points, while Whitish contributed 14 points. Eliely scored 12 points, while Cain pitched in six points, 10 rebounds and eight blocked shots.
On Monday, Aug. 5, Nebraska improved to 2-0 on the tour with a 78-46 victory over the EuroBasket Turkish All-Stars in Florence. Kissinger led Nebraska with 20 points while knocking down six three-pointers, and Brown scored 18 points for the second straight game. Whitish contributed nine points in the victory.
Nebraska's trip to Europe began on Thursday, Aug. 1, and the Huskers arrived in Rome on Aug. 2. Following tours of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica on Aug. 3, the Huskers defeated TTT Riga that evening.
The Huskers were welcomed to Rome by the Pope at St. Peter's Square on Sunday morning (Aug. 4), before touring the Colosseum on Sunday afternoon.
They traveled to Florence on Monday, where the long day of travel concluded with a win over the Turkish All-Stars.
After a Tuesday morning bicycle tour and an afternoon of shopping at Mercado Centrale and Mercado di San Lorenzo, the Huskers enjoyed free time in Florence on Tuesday evening before taking cooking classes on Wednesday morning.
The Huskers departed Florence early Thursday morning (Aug. 8) for Barcelona, and enjoyed the afternoon exploring the city. Friday morning included a tour of the Sagrada Familia, before preparing for Friday night's game with Barcelona.
Nebraska will enjoy one more day in Barcelona on Saturday before departing Spain on Sunday morning for the United States. The Huskers will have two weeks off before the start of fall semester classes at Nebraska on Monday, Aug. 26.
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Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team practiced in full pads to end the first week of fall camp on Friday, working out for nearly two and a half hours while splitting time inside the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joanne Gass practice fields.
Head Coach Scott Frost spoke to the media following the conclusion of practice and talked about the team living up to his expectations from summer workouts moving into fall camp.
"I expected it to be better and it's better," Frost said. "I said that before and it's a lot better. Every position looks better than it did a year ago. The speed of practice looks better than it did a year ago. I'm having a lot of fun coaching this team. Last year there were times it was hard coaching the team, but this year everybody shows up with a smile on their face. I don't see one person that I don't want to talk to and they're having fun. This is a fun team to coach, so there's just a ton of things that have gotten better and it’s up to us as coaches and players to make sure that improvement leads to success."
Frost commented on the physicality of practice and how it has been another drastic improvement for the team.
"It's funny, we've had to have talks two nights in a row about slowing them down because we've been a little too reckless," Frost said. "It's not everybody, but that can lead to injuries on the field. You've got to practice like a pro and take care of each other, but I would much rather have to say slow down a little bit than telling them to go faster. I think the toughness and enthusiasm of practice has improved drastically as well."
Frost spoke about the defensive mentality and focusing on forcing turnovers and three and outs.
"We talked to our defense about getting the ball back," Frost said. "If a team drives it and we get a turnover and we get the ball back, that can sometimes be just as good as a three and out. The biggest stat for us is going to be turnovers and the other thing I wants to see us improve a little is three and outs. They make a big difference so we can get the ball in better field position offensively."
Frost finished off with the improvement at the quarterback position all throughout the depth chart.
"I think all the quarterbacks are doing a good job," Frost said. "We're vastly improved at that position from the number one guy all the way down the roster. It was a little depressing at times last year going into a few games with one, maybe two healthy quarterbacks. Noah (Vedral) has been throwing the ball as well as I've seen him throw it. Obviously, he's athletic and is familiar with our scheme. Luke (McCaffrey) is doing some really good things throwing the ball, also making a bunch of plays with his legs. He's picked up the offense really fast. Bunchy (Andrew Bunch) has improved drastically. Matt Masker's making some good plays, so we're at a lot better place at that position. I wish our season would come down to 4 by 1 relay with our quarterback group against everybody else's because we've got some guys that can run."
The Huskers will continue fall camp with practice on Monday, with the first game taking place at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 31 against South Alabama at 11 a.m CT.
09-Aug-2019 / Associated Press
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have pretty much run out of superlatives for rookie shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.
"He's good," manager Andy Green said after Tatis hit his second leadoff home run in as many games — and a team-record sixth this season — and had some nice defensive plays to help the Padres to a 9-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night.
The Padres scored five unearned runs in the sixth inning.
Tatis broke the old record of five leadoff homers by Will Venable in 2011 when he drove a 1-0 pitch from Jon Gray (10-8) into the home run porch in the right field corner. It was the 22nd of the season for Tatis, who hit a leadoff homer in a 3-2 loss at Seattle on Wednesday.
"I know he's a pitcher who's going to get to me so I was ready," the 20-year-old Tatis said. "I just go out there and try to execute right away."
Tatis, whose father played in the big leagues, enjoys setting the tone.
"To see my team pumped right away is just an amazing feeling. I'm going to try to do it for a long time," he said.
"He's done a lot of different things," Green said. "He's had some really good first-pitch-of-the-game swings, he's worked some counts deeper, he's waited for his pitch. He's good."
In the seventh, Tatis ran to his left to snag a chopper by Ian Desmond, spun and threw him out to end the inning with two runners on. He put his glove over his face for a few seconds and was smiling when he pulled it away.
"When I caught the ball, I spin and what can I say," he said. "I was just trying to finish the play right away. I just get happy and try to help my pitcher on the mound and just try to do my work."
Manuel Margot homered in the eighth for the Padres, his ninth.
The Padres led 3-1 after two — Tatis added an RBI single in the second — before the Rockies tied it on Trevor Story's RBI double in the third and Charlie Blackmon's leadoff homer in the fifth, his 24th.
But the Padres jumped ahead 8-3 when the Rockies fell apart in the sixth. The Padres scored five unearned runs on two hits, two walks, two errors and a wild pitch. The inning was extended by Trevor Story's two-out throwing error on Luis Urias' grounder, which allowed Francisco Mejia to score. Another run scored on Gray's wild pitch. Gray made way for Jairo Diaz, whose throwing error on Tatis' dinker allowed another run before Wil Myers hit a two-run double.
Gray allowed seven runs — three earned — on six hits in 5 2/3 innings, with four strikeouts and two walks.
"Kind of everything was off," he said. "Nothing really felt right early on. I just thought it was going to be one of those days I was going to have to grind. We settled down and made some good pitches for three or four innings. Then again, that first inning has hurt me a couple times these last couple starts, so I've got to do something about that because it's just going to hurt our team."
Matt Strahm (5-8) pitched two innings for the win.
Padres starter Eric Lauer allowed three runs and 10 hits in four-plus innings, struck out two and walked none.
The Rockies had runners on first and second with no outs in the fourth before the Padres used some nice defense to get out of the jam. Right fielder Hunter Renfroe threw out Ryan McMahon trying to score from second on Tony Wolters' single to right and then second baseman Urias and Tatis turned a double play on Gray's grounder.
"We're best friends since minor leagues, so here we are now doing it right now," Tatis said of his relationship with Urias. "We get out there, and we don't care about nothing. I was screaming at him, 'Give it to me, give it to me, hurry up!' Just some kids playing out there."
FOR EL PASO
In the wake of the mass shooting in El Paso, the Padres wore black "EP" caps during batting practice and then autographed them to have their Triple-A affiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas, auction them with the proceeds benefitting the El Paso Victims Relief Fund. The Padres are making a $30,000 donation to the fund via a joint contribution from the Padres Foundation, executive chairman Ron Fowler and general partner Pete Seidler.
As part of Grateful Dead Night, San Diego native, basketball Hall of Famer and noted Deadhead Bill Walton played bongo drums during a pregame concert by local tribute band Electric Waste Band in the Park at the Park just beyond center field. Walton also threw out the ceremonial first pitch, which he bounced wide of reliever Trey Wingenter. Walton asked for a re-do and threw a strike. He then joined in on the plate meeting with the umpires and managers, holding court for about three minutes.
Padres: LHP reliever Jose Castillo, who came off the 60-day IL earlier in the day, lasted only four batters in the seventh before leaving with an undisclosed injury. He was looking at his left hand ... Placed rookie LHP Adrian Morejon on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Wednesday, with a left shoulder impingement, and reinstated LHP Jose Castillo from the 60-day IL.
Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (3-9, 7.24) is scheduled to start Friday night. He's 2-2 with a 4.03 ERA in eight appearances, including seven starts, against San Diego.
Padres: Rookie RHP Cal Quantrill (4-3, 3.57) faces the Rockies for the second. He earned the win in a 16-12 victory at Coors Field on June 14. He allowed four runs and six hits in five innings.