Sweep by Padres completes Rockies’ 0-7 homestand, worst in club history
A four-run first inning was all the offense the San Diego Padres needed in a 4-0 win Wednesday, spoiling the Colorado Rockies’ final home game of the season as well as what was likely franchise wins leader‘s final start in Coors Field with the Rockies.
Four of the game’s first five hitters reached off Cook and the first two outs of the inning both resulted in runs on sacrifice flies. Two more runs scored in the inning with a pair of two-out RBI singles, and the Rockies were down 4-0 before coming to bat. Cook settled in as the game went on, allowing just two singles over the next four innings and matching a career high in strikeouts with eight. But the damage was done and a four-run deficit was too much for a team that again struggled to come up with hits.
Rockies hitters, who produced just one hit on Monday and seven on Tuesday, came up with just six in the series finale. The Rockies first hit didn’t come until two outs in the fourth inning whenhit a ground-rule double. The best scoring opportunity came in the sixth inning when started the inning with a walk, stole second and moved to third on a one-out single by . But after Young stole second, both runners were stranded.
The loss and second straight series sweep on a winless homestand dropped the Rockies within 2 1/2 games of last place in the National League West. The 0-7 homestand was the worst in the franchise’s 19-year history with a minimum of two opponents. The Rockies went 1-7 against the Braves and Giants from May 6-13, 1993, in the club’s first season and the first of two they played at Mile High Stadium. The previous worst homestand at Coors Field was 1-6 against the Cardinals and Astros from July 23-29, 1999.
Cook took the loss to fall to 3-10. The free agent-to-be made his major league debut with the Rockies on Aug. 10, 2002, with two innings of relief and made his first major league start on Aug. 26 that season, allowing three earned runs in six innings. If he does not return to the Rockies in 2012, he will leave as the franchise leader in wins, innings and starts.