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Marquez dominates for 7, pitches Rockies past Padres 3-0

Marquez dominates for 7, pitches Rockies past Padres 3-0

German Marquez pitched seven dominant innings, limiting the Padres to three hits and leading the Colorado Rockies over San Diego 3-0By RICHARD J. MARCUS Associated PressJuly 11, 2021, 6:52 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSAN DIEGO — German Marquez pitched seven dominant innings, limiting the Padres to three hits and leading the Colorado Rockies over San Diego 3-0 on Saturday night.“My fastball was good today. My two-seam was working well today and that was the key,” said Marquez, who added right now he’s pitching the best he ever has in his career. “I have spent a lot of time on my delivery.”Colorado is a major league-worst 8-34 on the road. The Rockies are 2-3 on their current swing, the first time they’ve won more than one game on a trip this season.“That was a really good outing against a good team at a packed house at Petco,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “This was a good one (win). German put the team on his back tonight.”The Rockies had lost nine in a row at Petco Park before Marquez (8-6) took over.“German’s breaking ball was pretty consistent all night. But he got outs with every pitch. The fastball had good life and movement,” Black said. “He has a presence and poise with being a pitcher in his fifth year….When it gets hot he is able to handle it.”Marquez struck out nine and threw an economical 86 pitches, 58 for strikes. The Padres had only one runner reach as far as second base against him — Eric Hosmer doubled in the second.“Marquez got in a pretty good grove,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “We weren’t able to string enough hits together. … We couldn’t get his pitch count up either, to get him out early.”Prior to the Padres batting the fourth, it was announced over the public address system that third baseman Manny Machado had been added to the NL All-Star team, eliciting a huge cheer and chants of “Manny” from the crowd and prompting his teammates to mob him in the dugout. Machado replaced the injured Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves on the NL squad.“Honestly, it is a great honor,” he said. “To be able to go there with the San Diego Padres for the first time with my teammates we have here, it is an exciting moment.”“Obviously, it is an unfortunate situation with someone going down with a terrible injury,” he said.With San Diego trailing 3-0 in the eighth, Hosmer doubled to lead off against reliever Carlos Estevez and Victor Caratini singled him to third with one out. But the Padres couldn’t do any more damage, and Daniel Bard pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 13th save.Padres starter Joe Musgrove (5-7) was cruising until the fifth inning when he loaded the bases with one out and surrendered a two-run single to Charlie Blackmon that skipped under the glove of a diving Hosmer at first base. Hosmer committed a fielding error earlier in the inning leading to an unearned run.While the Padres’ bats were silent, San Diego make some sparkling plays with their gloves.Left fielder Tommy Pham made a diving catch to take away a hit from Garrett Hampson, second baseman Jake Cronenworth made a nice stop to rob Blackmon and center fielder Trent Grisham charged full speed to make a spectacular diving catch to steal a hit from Colorado’s Dom Nunez.“I got a lot of help from my teammates early on. They made some really nice plays in the first inning,” Musgrove said. “Hosmer makes that play (Blackmon’s hit) nine out of 10 times. I know he is thinking about that.”Rockies leadoff hitter Raimel Tapia got a hit and walked twice, stole two bases and scored two runs.TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: 1B Matt Adams (elbow) was activated from the from the 10-day injured list. … LHP Austin Gomber (left forearm tightness), who is on the 10-day IL, threw in a simulated game at Petco Park. He threw around 35 pitches over two innings. He is scheduled to throw a session on July 14 in Denver and could be headed toward a rehab assignment as early as July 16.Padres: LHP Matt Strahm (right patellar tendon surgery) pitched a simulated inning at Petco Park. He rejoined the team in June and has been throwing regular bullpen sessions. The next step would be a rehab assignment, an Tingler said a late-July return is “very realistic.” Strahm hasn’t pitched at all this season. … C Austin Nola (left knee sprain), who landed on the IL in late May, was sent on a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso beginning on Friday.UP NEXTRockies: RHP Jon Gray (5-6, 3.94) starts the final game of the series.Padres: LHP Ryan Weathers (4-2, 3.02) pitches Sunday.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Diaz, Padres bullpen dominate in 4-2 win over Rockies

Diaz, Padres bullpen dominate in 4-2 win over Rockies

Reliever Miguel Diaz rejoined the Padres for the fourth time this season and was part of a dominant performance by the San Diego bullpen in a 4-2 win over the Colorado RockiesBy RICHARD J. MARCUS Associated PressJuly 10, 2021, 6:30 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSAN DIEGO — Reliever Miguel Diaz rejoined the Padres for the fourth time this season and was part of a dominant performance by the San Diego bullpen Friday night in a 4-2 win over the Colorado Rockies.Trent Grisham drove in two runs, a day after his game-ending single beat Washington 9-8 when the Padres rallied from an eight-run deficit, matching the biggest comeback in team history.Four San Diego relievers combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and striking out seven. The Padres have won nine straight against Colorado at Petco Park, their longest active home winning streak against any opponent.With Blake Snell put on the injured list a day after All-Star Yu Darvish exited early with a tight back, the Padres called up Reiss Knehr, who owned a 3.90 ERA in 11 starts with Double-A San Antonio.“It was unbelievable. A dream come true,” Knehr said of his first game in the majors. “It’s one of those things that nobody can take away from you. It was a great feeling.”Knehr escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the second inning with minimal damage, only giving up one run on a walk to Elias Diaz.“(The win) doesn’t happen without Reiss giving us the start and Diaz giving us the length,” San Diego manager Jayce Tingler said.Knehr allowed another run in the fourth inning on an RBI double by pitcher Kyle Freeland that made it 2-0. Knehr lasted 3 2/3 innings, giving up two runs and three hits.“Things could have gone south on him (Knehr) in the second,” Tingler said. “He was able to take a deep breath and get back in the zone, which was huge.”Recalled from Triple-A El Paso for the fourth time this year, Diaz took over and permitted one hit in 2 2/3 innings.“The highlight of the night for me was Diaz. It’s the best I have seen him pound the zone,” Tingler said. “He threw strikes with all of his pitches. His changeup up really bottomed out and fell off the table.”Relievers Tim Hill and Austin Adams combined to get the next five outs and closer Mark Melancon earned his 27th save by retiring the side in the ninth inning.With San Diego trailing 2-1 in the sixth, Jake Cronenworth led off with a single, Manny Machado doubled and Tyler Kinley replaced Freeland (1-3).“Hitting is contagious and guys feed off that throughout the lineup,” Cronenworth said. “It seems like it’s a different guy every night.”Grisham’s RBI grounder tied it and Wil Myers hit a go-ahead double.Tommy Pham singled in the seventh and later scored on Machado’s single.“Cronenworth made a lot of things happen to start some innings,” Tingler said. “Manny continues to come up big, nothing maybe bigger than that add-on (run), which is so critical.”TRAINER’S ROOMPadres: Darvish will most likely not participate in Tuesday’s All-Star Game after he departed Thursday’s start after just three innings. … LHP Blake Snell (gastroenteritis) was placed on the on the 10-day injured IL, retroactive to July 6. … LHP Drew Pomeranz (left forearm inflammation) was placed on the 10-day IL, retroactive to July 7.UP NEXTRockies: RHP Germán Márquez (7-6, 3.59) starts the second game of the series.Padres: RHP Joe Musgrove (5-6, 2.97) pitches on Saturday night.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Tatis hits 3 HRs, Pads hand D-Backs 24th straight road loss

Tatis hits 3 HRs, Pads hand D-Backs 24th straight road loss

San Diego slugger Fernando Tatis Jr. hit three homers, hours after saying he would skip the All-Star Home Run Derby because of an ailing shoulder, and the Padres sent the Arizona Diamondbacks to their record 24th straight road loss, 11-5By RICHARD J. MARCUS Associated PressJune 26, 2021, 7:45 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSAN DIEGO — Hours after saying he would skip the All-Star Home Derby next month, Fernando Tatis Jr. put on his own personal power show.Tatis hit three homers, energizing Petco Park with the most dynamic performance of his short but spectacular career, as the San Diego Padres sent the Arizona Diamondbacks to their record 24th straight road loss, 11-5 Friday night.“I have always wanted to hit three or four home runs in a game since I was a kid,” he said after leading the Padres to their eighth win in a row. “I’m glad today I did that.”Tatis hammered a changeup from Corbin Martin over the left-center wall for a solo home run in the first inning. Tatis connected again in the second for another solo shot on an 80 mph curve from Riley Smith.In Tatis’ third at-bat, also against Smith, he hit a 415-foot, two-run smash to dead center to put the Padres up 8-5.The 22-year-old shortstop got two more chances at becoming the 19th player to share the record of four homers in a game.With the crowd standing and chanting, Tatis hit a sharp single in the seventh inning and then grounded out in the eighth.“They did a pretty good job on me in the last two at-bats. They handled me, nothing you can do with that. I felt like I missed one pitch and could have hit it out again,” he said.This was the first three-homer game of Tatis’ career. The last player to hit four in a game was J.D. Martinez, doing it for the Diamondbacks on Sept. 4, 2017, against the Dodgers.Tatis is tied with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of Toronto for the major league lead with 25 home runs. Guerrero also says he won’t take part in the All-Star Home Run Derby that will be held at Denver’s Coors Field on July 12.In saying he was out of the competition, Tatis cited his left shoulder, which he said is at 75% following an injury early this season.Tatis sustained a partial dislocation during a hard swing against San Francisco. He went on the 10-day injured list and returned April 16, then left last Saturday’s game against Cincinnati after diving for a ball at shortstop and re-injuring the shoulder.“My body is feeling a little bit better and we are getting back on track,” Tatis said. “I am just playing shortstop out there and having fun.”Tatis leads the NL with 54 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.Tatis also dazzled on defense against Arizona, making a superb, charging, full-speed grab and throw on a slow roller hit by Christian Walker for the final out in the sixth. Tatis made another similar play to end the game on a slow grounder by Tim Locastro.“It’s been an amazing time. Seeing full capacity, it just hypes us. It gives us way more energy,” Tatis said. “You can feel the fans, the energy, you want to play your best.”While Tatis came close to making history, the Diamondbacks continued their dubious run. Arizona hasn’t won on the road in exactly two months, with its last victory away from Chase Field coming on April 25 when Madison Bumgarner threw seven no-hit innings to win in Atlanta.The Diamondbacks have lost 20 of 21 overall and 34 of 37.Tommy Pham and Jake Cronenworth also homered for the Padres. Nick Ramirez (1-1) got the win.Martin (0-3) took the loss.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: OF Ketel Marte (left hamstring tightness) was available off the bench, according to manager Torey Lovullo. Marte was hurt running the bases Tuesday vs. Milwaukee. He is expected to return to the lineup this weekend….RHP J.B. Bukauskas (right elbow flexor strain) threw a bullpen session on Thursday and is expected to start a rehab assignment soon.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: RHP Merrill Kelly (3-7, 5.06) pitches in a Saturday night start.Padres: RHP Dinelson Lamet (2-2, 2.81) takes the hill in the second game of the series.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports