|San Diego (28-33)||0||2||1||0||1||0||5||0||0||9||17||0|
|Colorado (33-29) «||3||5||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||10||16||0|
DENVER -- Nolan Arenado won the game with his walk-off homer and saved it time after time with his work at the hot corner.
So, as Joe Thatcher, the reliever who gave up the game-winning homer, succinctly surmised, "Tonight was his night."
Indeed, it was.
Arenado sent a 1-1 fastball from Thatcher (2-1) over the wall in left field. Arenado sauntered around the bases and then tossed his batting helmet as he rounded third base. The rookie was mobbed by teammates once he stomped on home plate.
"It was cool," Arenado said. "Hit a couple in the minor leagues. Hitting one up here is special."
But his homer was only part of the story. He made one diving snare after another, including one that ended a bases-loaded threat in the seventh to keep the game tied. That play was what had everyone talking.
"The home run is going to be the one on the highlights," said Matt Belisle (4-2), who pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win. "To see him get a big hit like that, you're just so happy for the kid.
"Defensively, he was stellar. Hopefully, he's going to feel real good tomorrow and keep it rolling."
The Padres trailed by six runs early in the game and 9-4 heading into the seventh, before rallying for five runs. Chase Headley began the inning when he was hit by Rob Scahill, possibly as retaliation for when starter Edinson Volquez plunked Troy Tulowitzki in the second.
"Just got away from me," Scahill said after the game.
That was all for Scahill, who faced five batters and gave up five runs without getting an out. Everth Cabrera tied it when he beat out an infield single.
After Headley - batting for a second time in the inning - struck out with the bases loaded, Quentin laced a liner to third that Arenado snared, throwing a strike to first to end the inning.
"Defense is a big part of my game," Arenado said. "A lot of people didn't think I could play defense. It's funny, I've been showing more of my defense than my bat lately."
Gonzalez wasn't around for the finish after slipping in the sixth when he was trying to scramble out of the batter's box. He gingerly ran down the line before limping into the dugout. He trotted out to left to start the seventh, only to be replaced by Jonathan Herrera on a double-switch.
Michael Cuddyer usually would've gone in, but he's sidelined with a rib strain.
Gonzalez downplayed his injury, saying the knee has been bothering him since spring training.
"It's all right. Just sore," he said. "Right now, I feel good."
After scoring three times off Volquez in the first, Colorado broke open the game with a five-run second - a big inning set up by another debatable call at first base.
Fowler put down a one-out bunt and appeared to be out by a step, only to have first-base umpire Jim Joyce rule him safe. Gonzalez followed with a two-run triple. Soon after, Helton, Arenado and Yorvit Torrealba added RBI singles.
The night before, the Padres scored the go-ahead run in the 12th when pinch hitter Yasmani Grandal was called safe at first on his bases-loaded fielder's choice grounder. Replays seemed to indicate he was out by a step.
Blanks, who nearly didn't join the Padres in Denver for this series, had a big game for San Diego, hitting a two-run homer in the second and adding a run-scoring single in the fifth.
With Maybin set to come off the disabled list, the Padres were planning to send Blanks to the minors. Instead, Yonder Alonso went on the DL with a bruised right hand and Blanks had to catch a plane to the Mile High City.
Jorge De La Rosa didn't have his best stuff and he surrendered four runs and 11 hits in five shaky innings.
Volquez never got on track as he gave up career highs in runs (9) and hits (11), while lasting just 2 1-3 innings. He was let off the hook for the loss with the Padres' late surge.
"It was tough. That's the first time that's happened to me in my whole career," Volquez said. "I've got to be able to make adjustments, throw quality pitches."
Fowler returned to the field after dealing with horrible headaches that had him pulling the shades down inside his house. He even had a CAT scan just to be safe and said everything checked out fine.
"Every time I put my head down, I thought I was going to pass out," Fowler said.
|Players of the Game|
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|San Diego Padres|
|Chris Denorfia, RF||5||0||0||0||1||1||2||.286|
|Joe Thatcher, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Everth Cabrera, SS||5||1||3||1||0||0||1||.293|
|Chase Headley, 3B||4||1||0||0||0||1||4||.229|
|Brad Boxberger, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mark Kotsay, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.246|
|Carlos Quentin, LF||5||2||3||3||0||1||3||.259|
|Jedd Gyorko, 2B||5||2||4||1||0||1||0||.288|
|Kyle Blanks, 1B||5||2||3||3||0||1||2||.292|
|Cameron Maybin, CF||5||1||2||1||0||1||2||.163|
|Yasmani Grandal, C||4||0||2||0||1||2||1||.156|
|Edinson Volquez, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.133|
|Tyson Ross, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.125|
|a- Will Venable, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.223|
|Tommy Layne, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jesus Guzman, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.228|
|Alexi Amarista, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.262|
|a-struck out for Ross in the 6th|
|b-fouled out for Layne in the 7th|
|2B - Everth Cabrera (9, De La Rosa), Jedd Gyorko (16, De La Rosa), Kyle Blanks (6, Scahill), Yasmani Grandal (2, De La Rosa)|
|HR - Carlos Quentin (7, Scahill), Jedd Gyorko (8, Scahill), Kyle Blanks (5, De La Rosa)|
|RBI - Everth Cabrera (23), Carlos Quentin 3 (21), Jedd Gyorko (25), Kyle Blanks 3 (19), Cameron Maybin (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Quentin (9), Kyle Blanks (7)|
|SB - Cameron Maybin (3, 3rd base off Outman/Torrealba)|
|CS - Everth Cabrera (6, 2nd base by De La Rosa/Torrealba)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Cabrera-Gyorko-Blanks|
|San Diego Padres|
|Joe Thatcher (L,2-1)||0||1||1||1||0||0||1||2.08|
|HBP - Tulowitzki (by Edinson Volquez)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 63-37, Tyson Ross 23-17, Tommy Layne 10-9, Brad Boxberger 32-21, Joe Thatcher 3-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 4-2, Tyson Ross 6-2, Tommy Layne 2-0, Brad Boxberger 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 21, Tyson Ross 8, Tommy Layne 4, Brad Boxberger 8, Joe Thatcher 1|
|Dexter Fowler, CF||5||2||3||0||0||0||1||.292|
|Eric Young Jr., RF||5||2||0||0||0||1||3||.234|
|Carlos Gonzalez, LF||3||2||2||3||1||0||0||.309|
|Jonathan Herrera, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.270|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||4||2||3||1||0||0||1||.348|
|Todd Helton, 1B||5||1||3||3||0||0||2||.254|
|Nolan Arenado, 3B||5||1||2||2||0||0||2||.250|
|DJ LeMahieu, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.254|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||.277|
|Jorge De La Rosa, P||3||0||1||0||0||1||3||.045|
|Edgmer Escalona, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rob Scahill, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Josh Outman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Wilton Lopez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Wilin Rosario, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Matt Belisle, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-lined out for Lopez in the 7th|
|2B - Todd Helton (4, Volquez)|
|3B - Dexter Fowler (2, Volquez), Carlos Gonzalez 2 (5, Volquez, Volquez)|
|HR - Nolan Arenado (5, Thatcher)|
|SH - Yorvit Torrealba (3)|
|RBI - Carlos Gonzalez 3 (45), Troy Tulowitzki (49), Todd Helton 3 (25), Nolan Arenado 2 (14), Yorvit Torrealba (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gonzalez 2 (17), Todd Helton (7), Nolan Arenado (7), Yorvit Torrealba (4)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Jorge De La Rosa||5||11||4||4||0||5||1||3.38|
|Josh Outman (BS,1)||0.2||1||0||0||2||1||0||4.94|
|Matt Belisle (W,4-2)||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.70|
|HBP - Headley (by Rob Scahill)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 88-53, Edgmer Escalona 19-15, Rob Scahill 16-10, Josh Outman 20-10, Wilton Lopez 2-1, Matt Belisle 21-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 5-4, Edgmer Escalona 1-0, Wilton Lopez 1-0, Matt Belisle 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 25, Edgmer Escalona 4, Rob Scahill 5, Josh Outman 5, Wilton Lopez 1, Matt Belisle 6|
|Attendance - 30477|
|Game Time - 3:26|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Jeff Nelson|