Rockies 6, Padres 2 (boxscore)
Winning Player: Christian Friedrich
Rockies fans have been waiting anxiously for Christian Friedrich's big league. Well, today was the day, and the 24-year-old left-hander did not disappoint one bit. In fact, he managed to surpass even reasonable expectations — even against the Padres in San Diego — with a stellar line.
Christian Friedrich's Debut Line: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 7 K, 93 pitches (60 strikes)
Friedrich pounded the strike zone all day with a fastball ranging between 91-94, and kept Padres hitters off balance with a curveball in the 76-78 range and an effective changeup. I can only think of two pitches San Diego squared up. One was a lead-off single by Will Venable in the 1st that led to their first run. The other was Chase Headley's lead-off single in the 6th on a 3-2 pitch. Friedrich left him stranded.
San Diego's unearned run came after Marco Scutaro committed an error beginning the 3rd. Chase Headley followed that with a bloop single and then Yonder Alonso plated the run on a broken bat bloop double just out of Chris Nelson's reach.
Michael Cuddyer: Scored Herrera on a sacrifice fly to right.
Jason Giambi: Walked intentionally.
Wilin Rosario: Missed a three-run homer by mere inches, but settled for a go-ahead two-run double.
Chris Nelson: Picked the right time for his first hit on the road. His RBI single to center punctuated the rally and pushed the Rockies lead to 5-2.
Highlight of the Afternoon: In honor of Christian Friedrich's debut and first big league win, I present this...
Screengrabs of the Game: You heard about them during the game, now see just how close Jason Giambi and Wilin Rosario came to hitting the ball out of Petco Park.
|Jason Giambi's disputed double in the 4th.|
|Wilin Rosario's disputed double in the 6th.|
Final Thought: Much needed win today, obviously, but the Rockies will still have to find a way to not only avoid sweeps in Los Angeles and San Francisco, but find a way to steal of one those series as well. I know, that's not exactly optimistic analysis, but at least it's honest.