Padres aim to prolong Rockies’ NL West misery

of rocks Started their season with two wins against the hosts san diego padresBut it was the last time Colorado looked comfortable against any of its National League West rivals.

padres came back and won the last two games of the opening series, and of rocks Now eight in a row against division opposition and have dropped 14 out of 15

San Diego beat Colorado 9-6 on Friday in the first of a three-game series in Denver.

The teams will once again go to the matinee on Saturday. padres Will send Ryan Weathers (1-4, 5.09 ERA) to the mound to face Kyle Freeland (4-7, 4.06) in a matchup of left-handers

Weathers is 0–1 with a 9.69 ERA in his four career appearances (three starts). of rocksall of which came in his rookie year of 2021

On Friday, Colorado got its first look at Fernando Tatis Jr. since the 2021 season, and he came away with a home run and a double, but it was hot-hitting Juan Soto who got things moving. padres

Soto followed up with a career-best, five-hit game on Wednesday, with a single driving a three-run first inning. padresAfter missing four games due to a wrist injury, an already potent lineup got back Xander Bogaerts

The Bogarts said the time off helped them get closer to full health.

“I’m feeling better every day since coming out of the game (on June 3),” said Bogarts, who went 5 for 5 on Friday. “I like to play.”

While San Diego is humming, the of rocks are scuffling. Colorado has dropped five straight and nine of the last 11 while wearing the bullpen. It showed Thursday when Pierce Johnson allowed a one-run lead off ninth in a 6-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants, and it cost the Denver native his role as closer.

Johnson was given the job of the ninth inning when Daniel Byrd was away from the team to deal with anxiety. Johnson converted his first 11 save opportunities but blew his last two.

Colorado manager Bud Black said before Friday’s game, “We’re taking a step back with Pierce, move him earlier in the game.” “We’ll see how each game plays out.

“When Daniel went on the injured list in spring training, we had to move on the fly. We felt Pierce was the best option at the time, and Pierce delivered.”

The bullpen was forced to pitch heavy innings overall, and Friday didn’t help. Starter Austin Gomber burned out early and was out of the game after more than four innings.

Colorado expects a strong outing from Freeland, who padres Second time this season. He pitched six scoreless innings in the second game of the season to earn the win. Freeland has faced San Diego 21 times in his career, starting 19 of them, going 7–6 with a 4.40 ERA.

Freeland is coming off a tough loss at Kansas City on Sunday, when he allowed just two runs over seven innings.

– Field Level Media