The Padres and Rockies had a great back-and-forth battle on Saturday night, as the lead changed hands a total of five times before the Padres ultimately came out on top by a score of 5-4 over Colorado. The Friars would once again use the long ball to their advantage, as rookie catcher Austin Hedges and veteran shortstop Clint Barmes would each go yard en route to a Padres victory. Tyson Ross delivered a quality start to help secure San Diego's fourth win in a row.
For the second night in a row, the Rockies outhit the Padres. But, ultimately, the Padres outplayed Colorado -- in that their offense was efficient and made its chances count, as its efforts led to five runs scored on five hits. The offense was highlighted by Barmes and Hedges' home runs, of course. But it's also worth noting that Matt Kemp extended his current hitting streak to seven straight games with an RBI double in the sixth inning. Kemp and Barmes each also had two RBIs on the day, with Barmes' two-run shot being the decisive blow in the game, while Hedges' RBI came on the second home run of his career.
The pitching was efficient on Saturday, as well, as Ross threw 6 2/3 innings and surrendered only three earned runs on seven hits with six strikeouts. Ross did not factor into the decision, but he did earn a quality start and extended his "homer-less" streak to 15 straight starts -- tying the franchise record for consecutive starts without allowing a homer. Additionally, Ross has not surrendered a home run in 93 1/3 innings, dating back to April 28 of this season.
In addition to Ross' start, closer Craig Kimbrel collected his 25th save of the year, after striking out the side in the ninth inning. His 25th save was also his fourth save in as many games.
Sunday afternoon presents an opportunity for the Padres to go for a series sweep of the Rockies, as Andrew Cashner gets set to take the hill against Eddie Butler at Petco Park. In case you missed it, here are some highlights and stories that you may not have seen from Saturday: