After dropping two of three to the Atlanta Braves in their first home series of the year, the Colorado Rockies looked to get back on track behind their ace against the San Diego Padres on Monday night.
With Jon Gray taking the hill, the Rockies began their second series against the Padres on the young season, victorious in three of the four contests in Petco Park from April 2 to 5. In the finale, Gray outdueled Clayton Richard, continuing his career long domination of the Padres with seven shutout innings with a strikeout per frame.
Gray would show flashes of that brilliance early on, but the night would go sporadically for him. He began the night with his typical success against San Diego, striking out the side in the first on 13 pitches. He victimized Carlos Asuaje, Chase Headley and Eric Hosmer in order, ending the frame on a whiff from the latter on a backdoor slider that just painted the black.
The second inning would not go so smoothly, however. Jose Pirela and Cory Spangenberg started the inning with back to back singles. Gray seemed to be on the brink of escaping after inducing a 3-6-1 double play off the bat of Freddy Galvis, but after Austin Hedges reached on a swinging-bunt single, Manuel Margot dropped a ball in front of Carlos Gonzalez to give the Padres the lead.