DENVER -- It was no secret coming into the Padres-Rockies game at Coors Field on Monday night that San Diego first baseman Wil Myers loves hitting in Denver. But even Myers outdid himself by hitting for the cycle and driving in two runs in the Padres' 5-3 victory.
"Just thrilled that he got it done today," Padres manager Andy Green said of Myers. "He looked better and better after every at bat. The first at bat he was off a little bit and he fought off a single through the right side. As the game wore on he was better and better."
Behind the offensive fireworks supplied by Myers and Hunter Renfroe, who had a two-run homer in the sixth, right-hander Jarred Cosart turned in four scoreless innings in his first start of the season. Cosart started the season as the Padres long-man in the 'pen, but when scheduled starter Trevor Cahill went on the disabled list Sunday, Cosart found himself making a big spot start.
"It's different switching roles at the beginning of the season, but it's something I've done my whole career, so I was just getting back into a comfort zone," Cosart said. "Nerves early. Just trying to feel my way through. Third and fourth [innings], I felt like that's where I'd like to be for the rest of the year."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED My, my, Myers: Myers, who entered the contest batting .323/.378/.600 with five home runs in 16 career games at Coors Field, hit for the second cycle in Padres history, and the first of his career.
"I really enjoy hitting here," Myers said. "You see the ball really well, it's a great hitter's eye, it's a huge outfield, a lot of hits out there. It's my favorite place to come hit, here and Yankee Stadium, but a great place, fun place to play."
Myers singled to right in the first inning, hit an RBI double to left in the third, a solo homer to right in the sixth, and a triple in the left-center gap in the eighth. His six home runs at Coors Field are the most he's hit at any ballpark in his career, and his nine homers against Colorado since 2015 are the most by any player in that span.
"He's finally settled into a place in his career where he feels comfortable as a Major League player and a Major League hitter," Rockies manager Bud Black said, having managed Myers in San Diego in '15.
The first cycle in Padres history also came at Coors Field, and it was accomplished by Matt Kemp on Aug. 14, 2015. More >>
Double play disaster: The Rockies couldn't get untracked offensively, and when they did put runners on base, much of the time those baserunners were erased by a double play. Colorado bounced into three of them in the first four innings, including a 1-6-3 twin-killing in the fourth and a key 6-4-3 rally killer from LeMahieu in the opening inning that left the Rockies with a goose-egg to show for three hits from Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez, and Nolan Arenado in the first frame.
"They were big pitches," Green said of Cosart's ability to induce the groundouts. "Getting LeMahieu early in that double play was big. Needed that to stop some early momentum. The first batter there, Blackmon, worked him hard. He ends up lining a single after a seven-pitch at bat. Those are tough at bats. To get that double play to erase that real quickly -- that was a big pitch."
"I was screaming 'three!' I usually try to be as even-keeled as I can, but you don't see cycles very often. I knew he had the speed for it if got past [Gerardo] Parra. And when it snuck past him, I felt pretty good about it as long as it didn't stumble on the bases." -- Green on not being able to contain his excitement as soon as Myers hit the ball that resulted in a triple and the Padres second cycle ever
"I almost fell. I was trying too hard I think. I was happy I was able to stay up. If I had fell, I would have still tried for it." -- Myers on nearly getting tripped up as he rounded second for his cycle-capping triple in the eighth
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Myers' cycle was the eighth cycle by a road team in the history of Coors Field. Previous cycles from visitors to Colorado include the Cardinals' John Mabry on May 18, 1996; the Astros' Craig Biggio on April 8, 2002; the Giants' Fred Lewis on May 13, 2007; the Giants' Pablo Sandoval on Sept. 15, 2011; the Mets' Scott Hairston on April 27, 2012; the Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo on July 21, 2015; and Kemp.
WHAT'S NEXT Padres:Jered Weaver toes the rubber Tuesday in the middle game of the Padres' three-game set in Colorado. The right-hander took the loss in his first start Thursday in L.A., yielding four earned runs on five hits -- two of them homers -- and three walks..
Rockies: Rookie right-hander Antonio Senzatela will take the mound for Colorado on Tuesday against the Padres. The 22-year-old tossed five scoreless innings in his Major League debut last Thursday against the Brewers.