In conjunction with a tradition of recognizing those who serve, the Padres held their "First-Responders Opening Night" game on Friday evening in an effort to honor San Diego's first-responders from throughout the county. Members of 14 first-responder agencies were recognized in a touching pregame ceremony that was capped off with a police helicopter flyover.
Also prior to Friday night's game, Matt Stoltz of Biking for Baseball stopped by the "Padres Social Hour" pregame show and discussed his 11,000-mile journey across America. Matt plans on visiting all 30 Major League ballparks in an effort to bring awareness to youth baseball and athletics.
Solarte then added to his RBI total for the night with another two-run single in a huge Padres eighth in which they tallied eight times.
While the bats did their job behind the plate, starting pitcher Ian Kennedy did his on the mound. Kennedy gave up two earned runs and four hits on 101 pitches with six strikeouts in six innings.
The Padres went on to a 14-3 victory over the Rockies in front of a crowd of 30,186, improving their record to 12-12 and returning to the .500 mark.