Zach Lee, bullpen hold Rockies to 3 hits in 6-0 win

DENVER (AP) - Zach Lee's first major league start didn't go all that well. Nearly 21 months later, he got another chance.

Now this one went way better.

Lee and four relievers combined on a three-hitter, Ryan Schimpf homered as part of a four-run first inning and the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 6-0 on Wednesday.

"After the year I had in '16, there could have been very few teams that would have given me opportunities," said the 25-year-old Lee, who bounced around the minors with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Seattle Mariners last season before being claimed off waivers by the Padres in December.

"Fortunately the Padres saw something that they wanted to take a chance on."

This was Lee's first start since July 25, 2015, when he was with the Dodgers and allowed seven runs at the New York Mets. He was a different pitcher this time around.

Lee (1-0) enticed fly ball after fly ball as he filled in for Luis Perdomo, who went on the disabled list before the game with shoulder inflammation. The right-handed Lee went 5 1-3 innings, allowing two hits, before turning things over to the bullpen to complete the first shutout of the Rockies at Coors Field since July 21, 2015.

"He didn't make mistakes," Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said. "Not a good day offensively."

Not a good series, either. The Rockies scored a combined six runs in dropping two of three to San Diego.

"It's not a secret. We've got to get going," Gonzalez said.

It was a rough first inning for Denver native Kyle Freeland (1-1), who allowed an RBI double to Wil Myers, a run-scoring single to Yangervis Solarte and a two-run homer to Schimpf.

"Setting the tone is very big in this game," said Freeland, who lasted 4 2-3 innings and allowed six runs in his second start at the ballpark he used to visit as a kid.

"I didn't set the tone very well in the first inning. I think that kind of quieted our bats as well. When you set a good tone, good things happen."

Lee was recalled Sunday from Triple-A El Paso after Trevor Cahill went on the DL with a strained back. He got the call to start when Perdomo's shoulder tightened up during a recent bullpen session.

The only one to figure him out was Charlie Blackmon, who had both hits off Lee - a single to start the game and a double in the fifth.

Asked how this affects Lee going forward, manager Andy Green said: "He's going to be a viable option for us in the future. He pitched himself into consideration."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: RHP Carter Capps (Tommy John surgery) pitched a scoreless inning for Class A Lake Elsinore on Tuesday in a rehab assignment. ... Green said that if Perdomo "doesn't experience any real bad symptoms then we'll accelerate his path pretty quickly." ... The team recalled RHP Jake Esch from Double-A San Antonio. He walked two in the ninth.

Rockies: Manager Bud Black said C Tom Murphy (broken right forearm) is "getting better. Healing. Nothing definitive. We'll know more later in the week."

HARD-LUCK STORY

Trevor Story went 0 for 3 with a walk as his average dipped to .129. He's yet to hit a homer this season. Story had a big April last season, when he was the NL rookie of the month after hitting 10 homers.

"I feel really close," Story said. "I'm seeing a lot of pitches, but just missing my pitches, pitches I usually don't miss."

FINALLY

Padres catcher Austin Hedges ended an 0-for-24 streak with a slow roller that third baseman Nolan Arenado couldn't bare-hand.

"I don't know if I've ever seen Arenado not come up with a bare-hand," Green said. "He comes up with every single one of them."

UP NEXT

Padres: Off Thursday before starting a four-game series in Atlanta. RHP Jhoulys Chacin will start Friday.

Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (0-0, 5.79 ERA) will make his first start with short hair on Thursday as the Rockies open a four-game series at San Francisco. He had eight inches taken off his flowing locks for charity.

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RockiesCOL6-4
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  • W: Z. Lee (1-0)L: K. Freeland (1-1)
  • HR: SD - R. Schimpf (2)
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Y. Solarte 2B42210003.324.366.541.9065.0
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R. Schimpf 3B21131110.160.361.400.7618.5
J. Blash LF30000122.000.200.000.2000.0
A. Hedges C40100022.037.133.037.1700.0
E. Aybar SS30000112.192.323.269.5920.5
Z. Lee P30000002.000.000.000.0000.0
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a- A. Cordoba PH10000000.286.286.286.5710.0
J. Esch P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Maurer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-flied out for Buchter in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF40200010.256.326.487.8132.5
D. LeMahieu 2B30000102.171.256.343.5991.0
C. Gonzalez RF30100102.200.237.371.6083.0
N. Arenado 3B20000212.306.390.6111.0011.5
G. Parra 1B30000114.343.378.457.8360.5
T. Story SS30000102.129.270.226.4961.0
A. Amarista LF20000011.143.143.286.429-0.5
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D. Garneau C30000010.214.313.500.813-0.5
c- M. Reynolds PH10000002.313.389.7811.1700.0
K. Freeland P10000010.333.333.333.667-0.5
S. Cardullo LF20000000.000.231.000.2310.0
  • a-popped out for Lyles in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Oberg in the 9th
  • c-grounded into a double play for Garneau in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Margot (4), W. Myers (4)
  • HR - R. Schimpf (2)
  • SF - R. Schimpf (2)
  • RBI - W. Myers (9), Y. Solarte (10), H. Renfroe (5), R. Schimpf 3 (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon, C. Gonzalez (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - W. Myers, R. Schimpf, Y. Solarte
FIELDING
  • DP - G. Parra, T. Story, D. LeMahieu
  • E - T. Story (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Lee (W, 1-0)5.12004300.001.1317.5
J. Torres1.20000103.860.003.5
R. Buchter1.01000203.861.003.0
J. Esch0.00002000.000.00-2.0
B. Maurer1.00000104.500.003.5
PITCHERSIP
Z. Lee (W, 1-0)5.1
J. Torres1.2
R. Buchter1.0
J. Esch0.0
B. Maurer1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (L, 1-1)4.28663215.912.36-9.0
J. Lyles2.10000208.440.007.0
J. McGee1.00001203.001.003.0
S. Oberg1.00000001.800.003.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (L, 1-1)4.2
J. Lyles2.1
J. McGee1.0
S. Oberg1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Lee 90-49, J. Torres 21-13, R. Buchter 17-12, J. Esch 9-1, B. Maurer 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Lee 4-9, B. Maurer 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Z. Lee 22, J. Torres 5, R. Buchter 4, J. Esch 2, B. Maurer 2
PITCHING
  • IBB - K. Freeland
  • HBP - J. Lyles
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 72-42, J. Lyles 21-15, J. McGee 17-10, S. Oberg 10-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 7-3, J. Lyles 5-0, J. McGee 1-0, S. Oberg 1-2
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 23, J. Lyles 8, J. McGee 4, S. Oberg 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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RockiesCOL6-4
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W. Myers 1B32210100.400.419.8251.2448.0
Y. Solarte 2B42210003.324.366.541.9065.0
H. Renfroe RF40110002.250.250.450.7002.0
R. Schimpf 3B21131110.160.361.400.7618.5
J. Blash LF30000122.000.200.000.2000.0
A. Hedges C40100022.037.133.037.1700.0
E. Aybar SS30000112.192.323.269.5920.5
Z. Lee P30000002.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Torres P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Buchter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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J. Esch P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Maurer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-flied out for Buchter in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF40200010.256.326.487.8132.5
D. LeMahieu 2B30000102.171.256.343.5991.0
C. Gonzalez RF30100102.200.237.371.6083.0
N. Arenado 3B20000212.306.390.6111.0011.5
G. Parra 1B30000114.343.378.457.8360.5
T. Story SS30000102.129.270.226.4961.0
A. Amarista LF20000011.143.143.286.429-0.5
J. Lyles P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- C. Adames PH10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- T. Wolters PH10000012.263.333.316.649-0.5
D. Garneau C30000010.214.313.500.813-0.5
c- M. Reynolds PH10000002.313.389.7811.1700.0
K. Freeland P10000010.333.333.333.667-0.5
S. Cardullo LF20000000.000.231.000.2310.0
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  • a-popped out for Lyles in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Oberg in the 9th
  • c-grounded into a double play for Garneau in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Margot (4), W. Myers (4)
  • HR - R. Schimpf (2)
  • SF - R. Schimpf (2)
  • RBI - W. Myers (9), Y. Solarte (10), H. Renfroe (5), R. Schimpf 3 (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon, C. Gonzalez (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - W. Myers, R. Schimpf, Y. Solarte
FIELDING
  • DP - G. Parra, T. Story, D. LeMahieu
  • E - T. Story (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Lee (W, 1-0)5.12004300.001.1317.5
J. Torres1.20000103.860.003.5
R. Buchter1.01000203.861.003.0
J. Esch0.00002000.000.00-2.0
B. Maurer1.00000104.500.003.5
Total9.0300670---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Lee (W, 1-0)5.1
J. Torres1.2
R. Buchter1.0
J. Esch0.0
B. Maurer1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Freeland (L, 1-1)4.28663215.912.36-9.0
J. Lyles2.10000208.440.007.0
J. McGee1.00001203.001.003.0
S. Oberg1.00000001.800.003.0
Total9.0866461---
PITCHERSIP
K. Freeland (L, 1-1)4.2
J. Lyles2.1
J. McGee1.0
S. Oberg1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Lee 90-49, J. Torres 21-13, R. Buchter 17-12, J. Esch 9-1, B. Maurer 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Lee 4-9, B. Maurer 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Z. Lee 22, J. Torres 5, R. Buchter 4, J. Esch 2, B. Maurer 2
PITCHING
  • IBB - K. Freeland
  • HBP - J. Lyles
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 72-42, J. Lyles 21-15, J. McGee 17-10, S. Oberg 10-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 7-3, J. Lyles 5-0, J. McGee 1-0, S. Oberg 1-2
  • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 23, J. Lyles 8, J. McGee 4, S. Oberg 3
  • 5TH INNING
    Schimpf hit sacrifice fly to right, Solarte scored60
    Renfroe singled to deep right, Myers scored, Solarte to third50
  • 1ST INNING
    Schimpf homered to right, Solarte scored40
    Solarte singled to right, Myers scored20
    Myers doubled to deep right, Margot scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Scott Oberg relieved Jake McGee
    • Allen Cordoba hit for Ryan Buchter
    • A. Cordoba: Ball, Ball, Cordoba flied out to deep center
    • M. Margot: Ball, Strike looking, Margot popped out to second
    • W. Myers: Foul, Ball, Foul, Myers grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jake Esch pitching
    • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Parra walked
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Story walked, Parra to second
    • Tony Wolters hit for Scott Oberg
    • Brandon Maurer relieved Jake Esch
    • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Wolters struck out swinging
    • Mark Reynolds hit for Dustin Garneau
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jake McGee pitching
    • R. Schimpf: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Schimpf walked
    • J. Blash: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Blash struck out swinging
    • A. Hedges: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
    • E. Aybar: Ball, Ball, Aybar grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan Buchter relieved Jose Torres
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu flied out to right
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez doubled to left
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • J. Lyles Pitching:
    • M. Margot: Foul, Margot safe at first on shortstop Story fielding error
    • W. Myers: Ball, Myers hit by pitch, Margot to second
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Ball, Solarte grounded into double play shortstop to first, Margot to third, Myers out at second
    • H. Renfroe: Renfroe grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Cristhian Adames hit for Jordan Lyles
    • C. Adames: Ball, Ball, Adames popped out to shortstop
    • D. Garneau: Ball, Ball, Garneau flied out to right
    • S. Cardullo: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cardullo flied out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Lyles Pitching:
    • A. Hedges: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Hedges struck out on foul tip
    • E. Aybar: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Aybar struck out swinging
    • Z. Lee: Ball, Strike looking, Lee grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Lee Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gonzalez walked
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Arenado flied out to center
    • Jose Torres relieved Zach Lee
    • G. Parra: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • T. Story: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Story flied out to deep left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Ball, Margot grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Myers: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Myers walked
    • Y. Solarte: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Solarte singled to center, Myers to second
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Renfroe singled to deep right, Myers scored, Solarte to third
    • R. Schimpf: Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Schimpf hit sacrifice fly to right, Solarte scored
    • Stephen Cardullo in left
    • Jordan Lyles pitching
    • J. Blash: Ball, Foul, Ball, Blash grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Lee Pitching:
    • D. Garneau: Ball, Ball, Garneau flied out to deep right
    • S. Cardullo: Cardullo flied out to center
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Blackmon doubled to left center
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu flied out to center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • A. Hedges: Ball, Ball, Hedges reached on an infield single
    • E. Aybar: Ball, Aybar grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Hedges out at second
    • Z. Lee: Lee grounded out to catcher
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Lee Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked
    • G. Parra: Parra flied out to deep center
    • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Story flied out to deep center
    • A. Amarista: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Amarista struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • H. Renfroe: Foul, Ball, Renfroe popped out to first
    • R. Schimpf: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Schimpf struck out looking
    • J. Blash: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Blash struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Lee Pitching:
    • K. Freeland: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Freeland struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon grounded out to second
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu walked
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Gonzalez flied out to deep center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • M. Margot: Ball, Margot grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Myers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Myers singled to center
    • Y. Solarte: Solarte grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Myers out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Lee Pitching:
    • T. Story: Ball, Story grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Amarista: Ball, Foul, Ball, Amarista lined out to center
    • D. Garneau: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Garneau struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • K. Freeland Pitching:
    • M. Margot: Margot doubled to left center
    • W. Myers: Ball, Ball, Myers doubled to deep right, Margot scored
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Foul, Solarte singled to right, Myers scored
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Renfroe lined out to center
    • R. Schimpf: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Schimpf homered to right, Solarte scored
    • J. Blash: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Blash walked
    • A. Hedges: Hedges grounded out to pitcher, Blash to second
    • E. Aybar: Aybar intentionally walked
    • Z. Lee: Foul, Ball, Lee grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Aybar out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Lee Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Blackmon singled to right
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop, Blackmon to second
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to center
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Arenado walked
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Parra grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)