The Padres completed the three-game sweep of the Rockies this afternoon with a 4-0 win in Denver. The sweep was the Padres fifth of the year, third on the road and first since taking a four-game set from the Marlins in August.
Over the three games in Colorado, the Padres pitching staff dominated the Rockies bats. The Friars allowed just three runs over the series, silencing the Colorado offense to the tune of 14-for-92 (.152) at the plate, including Monday’s one-hitter. The win is the Padres fifth in their last six games, giving them some momentum as they head home for six games to finish the season.
Allowing three runs over a three-game series at Coors Field is an impressive feat. So impressive, in fact, that no team has ever held the Rockies to three-or-fewer runs in a series of at least three games. The Rockies have been limited to four runs in a three-game series at home twice (2005 and 2008).
Following today’s series and trip finale in Philadelphia, the Padres return home for a nine-game homestand against three NL West division opponents (Arizona, Colorado, Los Angeles). Here is who the Friars are scheduled to face over the first two series of that stretch:
ARIZONA (7/26-28): LHP Joe Saunders, RHP Ian Kennedy, RHP Daniel Hudson
COLORADO (7/29-31): RHP Jason Hammel, RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, RHP Juan Nicasio
The Padres are 7-7 combined against the Diamondbacks and Rockies so far this year, including a 3-3 mark at PETCO Park. Remember to pick up your free issue of the Blueprint. Here is a preview of this homestand’s cover:
The Padres take on the Rockies today in the finale of a three-game series with RHP Dustin Moseley facing RHP Aaron Cook. Moseley is coming off four straight starts in which he has allowed two or fewer earned runs, posting a 2.22 ERA (6 ER/24.1 IP) over that stretch.
With a win this afternoon, the Padres would take the series from Colorado, giving them their fourth straight series win (previously WSH, ATL, HOU). In addition, it would be their third straight series win over the Rockies dating back to last year. In franchise history, the Padres have only taken three straight series from the Rockies on two other occasions:
9/4-6/06 – three game sweep; 4/6-8/07 – won two of three; 4/20-22/07 – won two of three
7/10-13/97 – won three of four; 9/17-18/97 – two game sweep; 7/3-5/98 – three game sweep; 7/13-15/98 – won two of three