Padres 5, Rockies 4 (boxscore)
What Went Wrong: Not a lot, really. I felt like both teams played a solid and watchable game, which is not often the case from 4th and 5th place teams on the final day of August. The Padres just played a little bit better, as they have been overall over the past month, and eeked out the win.
Turning Point: Again, a pretty straight forward game that was well played but didn't have a lot of eb and flow. San Diego jumped out 3-0 in the first three innings thanks to a Carlos Quentin solo homer and RBIs from Logan Forsythe and Chase Headley. The Rockies chipped away, mostly with solo homers of their own (Jordan Pacheco, Wilin Rosario and Andrew Brown) but San Diego stayed at least one step ahead until the 27th out.
Alex White's Line: 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 76 pitches (49 strikes)
White snapped his string of four inning starts at five, so that was different. Unfortunately, he's only gone past the magical four inning mark one time in his last 10 starts, so that's pretty bad. I guess that's why the Rockies see him in the hybrid role next season. Personally, I still see him as a third or fourth starter on a major league team. If the Rockies ever go back to being one of those, he could still be useful.
Bullpen's Line: 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 2 K
I hope they all enjoyed their day off. They only have one more (Sept. 13) until the end of the season.
Highlight of the Night: I already mentioned the Rockies three home runs. Would you like to see them... again? Or perhaps for the first time since Root missed Pacheco's live.
What's Next: It's September! The pain and suffering is about to be temporarily eased after 32 more baseball games, and then we can officially start bracing ourselves for another season of pain and suffering in 2013.
Anyway, Saturday night we'll see the Padres again at 6:10. Jhoulys Chacin (1-4, 5.55) will start for Colorado. Edinson Volquez (9-9, 4.10) goes for San Diego.
Final Thoughts: I don't think I'll go all out with a monthly review again in August since there reason isn't much to review, but I'm planning on throwing together a players ranking for July and August before the weekend is over. If I had to guess that would probably go up sometime on Sunday, but that could change based on any number of events, including my own personal need for a nap.