Chacin pitches well but punchless Rockies lose sixth straight
There was asighting but not much else for the Colorado Rockies, who squandered a good outing by , came up short in the ninth inning and lost 2-1 to the San Diego Padres.
The loss was the sixth straight on this homestand for the Rockies, who are 38-42 at Coors Field and play their final home game Wednesday. In the two losses to the Padres, the Rockies have scored three runs on nine hits. The Rockies fell to 21-27 in one-run games, 7-12 at home.
Mat Latos, whose only complete game and complete game shutout was May 13, 2010, at San Francisco, held the Rockies scoreless for 8 2/3 innings. He gave up six hits, two in the ninth. With one out in that inning,blooped a double into short center field, off the glove of second baseman Orlando Hudson, who hit the ground on the play and had to leave the game.
grounded a 1-2 pitch up the middle for a run-scoring single that finished Latos. He threw 123 pitches, 82 strikes, and gave way to closer Heath Bell. He fell behind 2-0, and Kouzmanoff sliced Bell’s next pitch into right field for a single.
Bell ended matters and picked up his 40th save by gettingto strike out on a 2-2 pitch that was at his eyes.
Latos, who struck out nine, held the Rockies hitless until. bunted for a hit with two out in the third. Catcher Nick Hundley threw the ball up the right field line, and Young went flying around second only to be thrown out by right fielder Jeremy Hermida. Latos, covering third, made a nice play to catch the ball on a short hop and tag Young.
Chacin pitched six innings, the first time in four starts he has gone that distance. He gave up an unearned run in the first when Jason Bartlett singled and third baseman Kouzmanoff couldn’t handle Hundley’s hard grounder that was hit right at him. The runners moved up when Kyle Blanks hit into a fielder’s choice, and Hudson singled home a run.
Consecutive one-out doubles in the sixth by Hudson and Hermida netted the Padres second run. Chacin then walked Aaron Cunningham but struck out Andy Parrino and got Latos to line out to shortstop.
Tulowitzki made his first appearance since Sept. 13 when he pinch hit in the eighth after singles by Rosario and Field. Latos got ahead of Tulowitzki 1-2 and caught him looking at a dandy curveball. Young then grounded to third.
Young had tripled off the wall in right-center with two out in the sixth. But second baseman Hudson dashed into short right field and jumped to catch‘ soft liner.