National League Game Summary - San Diego at Colorado|
(Saturday, September 1st)
Final Score: Colorado 9, San Diego 1
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Dexter Fowler crushed his first career grand
slam and the Colorado Rockies routed the San Diego Padres, 9-1, in the middle
installment of a three-game series at Coors Field.
Tyler Colvin went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and three RBI, while Wilin
Rosario and Chris Nelson also drove in runs for the Rockies, who have won
three of their last five games.
Jhoulys Chacin (2-4) allowed one run on five hits and two walks to win for the
second time in his last three starts. He struck out four batters.
"He was unbelievable, that was the best I've seen him," Fowler said of
Chacin's effort. "It was definitely a bright spot for us."
Will Venable accounted for the lone run with a home run and Edinson Volquez
(9-10) was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs on nine hits with
three walks and five strikeouts for San Diego, which had won 10 of its last 11
entering play on Saturday.
Colorado struck first in its first at-bat when Rosario drove home Carlos
Gonzalez with a single and Colvin gave the home side a 2-0 lead when he led
off the second frame with a towering home run to right field on a first-pitch
fastball from Volquez for his 16th long ball of the year.
The Rockies added three more runs in the fifth, expanding the lead to 5-0
Josh Rutledge smacked a one-out base hit and Rosario walked two batters later.
Colvin doubled home both runners and then scored on a base hit by Nelson.
The Padres got on the board in the sixth when Venable led off the frame with a
shot to left on a hanging slider from Chacin, cutting the Rockies lead to 5-1.
"This year we're seeing more of a consistent approach at the plate," Padres
manager Bud Black said regarding Venable. "He's not really tinkering with his
swing, and I think it's paid off over the majority of his at-bats."
Colorado made it a rout in the eighth. Jordan Pacheco hit a one-out single and
D.J. LeMehieu reached on an error by Everth Cabrera before pinch-hitter Jason
Giambi blooped a base hit just fair behind third base to load the bags.
Fowler cleared the bases when he got a fastball from Padres reliever Miles
Mikolas and smoked it high over the scoreboard in right field.
Prior to Saturday's game, the Padres activated pitchers Andrew Cashner and Joe
Thatcher from the 15-day disabled list. Thatcher fanned Colvin for the final
out of the seventh inning ... Giambi was activated from the 15-day disabled
list prior to the game. He has not played since July 20 due to a viral
syndrome ... It was Chacin's seventh career starts against the Padres ... San
Diego finished 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded six on
09/02 00:45:36 ET