Desmond homers twice off Weaver to help Rockies to 11-3 win

SAN DIEGO (AP) Ian Desmond felt he had some catching up to do with his new Colorado Rockies teammates.

Desmond hit two home runs off Jered Weaver and drove in three runs to help rookie right-hander Antonio Senzatela and the Rockies beat the sloppy San Diego Padres 11-3 on Wednesday.

Desmond, who joined the Rockies as a free agent and missed the first 25 games after breaking his left hand during spring training, had no homers coming into the night. He was activated on Sunday. This was his third game.

''I'm just trying to join the club, man,'' he said. ''These guys hit here. You don't want to be the outlier. This is a really good offense. I believe in myself, I believe in what I do, I believe in the process. When I'm out there I'm trying to compete with everything I've got. To expect two home runs, maybe not. But to expect a good, competitive performance, yeah I expect that every single night.''

Manager Bud Black said Desmond didn't want to go on a rehab assignment.

''He said, `Buddy, why would you want me to play in a minor league game when I can play in a big league game?''' Black said. ''And it made sense, right?''

Desmond capped Colorado's four-run first with a two-run shot, and went deep again on Weaver's first pitch of the fifth. He also singled in the third.

The Rockies took a 10-1 in the top of the fifth, when the Padres committed their third error of the game.

Desmond had been 1 for 9 lifetime against Weaver.

''It's just one of those games you wish you could start the thing over and unfortunately you can't do that,'' Weaver said. ''They were able to get a couple early. I kind of fell apart there in the fifth. It was just a battle all game, a struggle. The location wasn't very good again and those guys made me pay.''

Weaver allowed two home runs at Colorado on April 11, getting a no-decision in the Padres' 3-2 loss to Senzatela.

''I think the guys, after facing him in Denver, we had a pretty good idea what to expect,'' Black said. ''So that was a big thing for the guys to have some point of reference point with Weave. He got some balls up right off the bat. ... We waited for Weave to get some balls up and we took some good swings. I think what did us right was the previous start against him, where we knew his velocities, we knew his release point, we knew his stride direction.

''Anytime you face a pitcher for the first time, the advantage goes to the pitcher. He handcuffed us, even though we beat him. We hit a couple of long balls but he went six and only gave up the two runs.''

Senzatela (4-1) held San Diego to three runs, two earned, and six hits in six innings. He also got his first big league hit, an infield single to shortstop in the second.

Earlier Wednesday, Senzatela was named the NL Rookie of the Month for April after going 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA.

Weaver, 34, who signed a $3 million free-agent contract on Feb. 19, has allowed 12 homers in six starts. His fastball tops out at about 85 mph.

Weaver (0-3) allowed 10 runs, five earned, and 10 hits in four-plus innings.

The Rockies jumped on Weaver for four runs in the first. Charlie Blackmon hit a leadoff double and scored on DJ LeMahieu's single. Nolan Arenado followed with an RBI double and was aboard for Desmond's one-out homer.

The Rockies scored three unearned runs in the fourth, when the Padres committed two errors on one play, and added three more runs in the fifth, two of them unearned.

San Diego's Erick Aybar homered in the fifth, his third.

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Desmond is impressed with Senzatela, who comes from Valencia, Venezuela, the same hometown of Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners.

''I'm calling him the Little Prince from here on out. He comes from the same town as King Felix. I think he's the next king in waiting,'' Desmond said. ''He's really good. He's really composed out there. He works quick, doesn't shake off. He really believes in himself. It's really fun to be out there behind him and watch him. It's amazing that he's 22 years old.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: C Tony Wolters was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list. He was hurt in the seventh inning Tuesday night when he got hit in the helmet by Hector Sanchez's backswing. He departed a few pitches later.

UP NEXT

Rockies: Rookie LHP Kyle Freeland (3-1, 2.93 ERA) looks to avenge a 6-0 loss to the Padres on April 12 when he starts the series finale Thursday afternoon.

Padres: RHP Luis Perdomo (0-0, 4.96 ERA) is scheduled to make his fourth start, third at home.

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SD12-17
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  • W: A. Senzatela (4-1)L: J. Weaver (0-3)
  • HR: COL - I. Desmond 2 (2), SD - E. Aybar (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF52210013.302.344.603.9476.5
C. Rusin P0000-000.500.500.500.000-
C. Qualls P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. LeMahieu 2B51220003.262.356.359.7155.0
N. Arenado 3B41120002.299.353.607.9605.0
C. Gonzalez RF50100011.206.269.320.5880.5
I. Desmond 1B52332011.357.357.7861.14313.5
G. Parra LF51100001.272.306.407.7132.0
A. Amarista SS-CF51100012.333.333.542.8751.5
D. Garneau C42210110.216.273.392.6656.5
A. Senzatela P21100012.091.091.091.1821.5
a- P. Valaika PH-SS20000000.313.353.500.8530.0
  • a-flied out for Senzatela in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Margot CF40100001.265.306.419.7251.0
C. Spangenberg LF41100013.286.310.321.6321.5
W. Myers 1B40210010.314.328.595.9233.5
Y. Solarte 2B20110002.286.347.419.7672.0
L. Sardinas 2B10000000.172.226.172.3980.0
R. Schimpf 3B40000001.148.297.420.7170.0
H. Renfroe RF20100011.213.227.380.6070.5
C. Stammen P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
K. Yates P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- H. Sanchez PH10000010.118.211.294.505-0.5
A. Hedges C30000001.186.237.430.6670.0
L. Torrens C10000010.077.143.077.220-0.5
E. Aybar SS21111001.218.303.368.6716.0
A. Cordoba SS20000000.242.306.424.7300.0
J. Weaver P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Blash RF11000100.048.310.190.5012.0
  • a-struck out for Yates in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon 2 (8), N. Arenado (10), D. Garneau (6)
  • HR - I. Desmond 2 (2)
  • SF - N. Arenado (2)
  • SH - A. Senzatela (4)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (25), D. LeMahieu 2 (8), N. Arenado 2 (19), I. Desmond 3 (3), D. Garneau (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon (14), D. LeMahieu (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Myers (9)
  • HR - E. Aybar (3)
  • SF - Y. Solarte (2)
  • RBI - W. Myers (22), Y. Solarte (19), E. Aybar (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Myers (8)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - C. Blackmon (2)
  • E - A. Senzatela
  • PB - D. Garneau (2)
FIELDING
  • E - W. Myers (2), H. Renfroe (5), R. Schimpf (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Senzatela (W, 4-1)6.06321212.841.1720.0
C. Rusin2.01000203.210.506.0
C. Qualls1.00000202.700.004.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Senzatela (W, 4-1)6.0
C. Rusin2.0
C. Qualls1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Weaver (L, 0-3)4.0101050225.512.50-7.0
C. Stammen3.03111107.361.334.5
K. Yates2.01000304.150.506.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Weaver (L, 0-3)4.0
C. Stammen3.0
K. Yates2.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Senzatela 93-58, C. Rusin 22-14, C. Qualls 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Senzatela 9-7, C. Rusin 3-1, C. Qualls 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Senzatela 25, C. Rusin 7, C. Qualls 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Weaver 89-61, C. Stammen 52-36, K. Yates 21-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Weaver 7-6, C. Stammen 5-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Weaver 25, C. Stammen 13, K. Yates 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Blackmon CF52210013.302.344.603.9476.5
C. Rusin P0000-000.500.500.500.000-
C. Qualls P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. LeMahieu 2B51220003.262.356.359.7155.0
N. Arenado 3B41120002.299.353.607.9605.0
C. Gonzalez RF50100011.206.269.320.5880.5
I. Desmond 1B52332011.357.357.7861.14313.5
G. Parra LF51100001.272.306.407.7132.0
A. Amarista SS-CF51100012.333.333.542.8751.5
D. Garneau C42210110.216.273.392.6656.5
A. Senzatela P21100012.091.091.091.1821.5
a- P. Valaika PH-SS20000000.313.353.500.8530.0
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  • a-flied out for Senzatela in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Margot CF40100001.265.306.419.7251.0
C. Spangenberg LF41100013.286.310.321.6321.5
W. Myers 1B40210010.314.328.595.9233.5
Y. Solarte 2B20110002.286.347.419.7672.0
L. Sardinas 2B10000000.172.226.172.3980.0
R. Schimpf 3B40000001.148.297.420.7170.0
H. Renfroe RF20100011.213.227.380.6070.5
C. Stammen P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
K. Yates P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- H. Sanchez PH10000010.118.211.294.505-0.5
A. Hedges C30000001.186.237.430.6670.0
L. Torrens C10000010.077.143.077.220-0.5
E. Aybar SS21111001.218.303.368.6716.0
A. Cordoba SS20000000.242.306.424.7300.0
J. Weaver P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Blash RF11000100.048.310.190.5012.0
Total3337311610-----
  • a-struck out for Yates in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon 2 (8), N. Arenado (10), D. Garneau (6)
  • HR - I. Desmond 2 (2)
  • SF - N. Arenado (2)
  • SH - A. Senzatela (4)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (25), D. LeMahieu 2 (8), N. Arenado 2 (19), I. Desmond 3 (3), D. Garneau (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Blackmon (14), D. LeMahieu (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Myers (9)
  • HR - E. Aybar (3)
  • SF - Y. Solarte (2)
  • RBI - W. Myers (22), Y. Solarte (19), E. Aybar (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Myers (8)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - C. Blackmon (2)
  • E - A. Senzatela
  • PB - D. Garneau (2)
FIELDING
  • E - W. Myers (2), H. Renfroe (5), R. Schimpf (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Senzatela (W, 4-1)6.06321212.841.1720.0
C. Rusin2.01000203.210.506.0
C. Qualls1.00000202.700.004.0
Total9.0732161---
PITCHERSIP
A. Senzatela (W, 4-1)6.0
C. Rusin2.0
C. Qualls1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Weaver (L, 0-3)4.0101050225.512.50-7.0
C. Stammen3.03111107.361.334.5
K. Yates2.01000304.150.506.5
Total9.014116162---
PITCHERSIP
J. Weaver (L, 0-3)4.0
C. Stammen3.0
K. Yates2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Senzatela 93-58, C. Rusin 22-14, C. Qualls 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Senzatela 9-7, C. Rusin 3-1, C. Qualls 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Senzatela 25, C. Rusin 7, C. Qualls 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Weaver 89-61, C. Stammen 52-36, K. Yates 21-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Weaver 7-6, C. Stammen 5-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Weaver 25, C. Stammen 13, K. Yates 7
  • 7TH INNING
    Blackmon doubled to left, Garneau scored113
  • 5TH INNING
    Myers doubled to deep left, Blash scored, Margot to third103
    Aybar homered to right center102
    LeMahieu singled to shallow right, Amarista scored, Blackmon to second101
    Garneau singled to left, Parra scored, Amarista to second91
    Desmond homered to left81
  • 4TH INNING
    Arenado hit sacrifice fly to center, Blackmon scored71
    Blackmon safe at first on right fielder Renfroe fielding error, Garneau and Senzatela scored. Blackmon to third61
  • 1ST INNING
    Solarte hit sacrifice fly into double play center to shortstop, Spangenberg scored, Myers out at second41
    Desmond homered to left, Arenado scored40
    Arenado doubled to deep left, LeMahieu scored20
    LeMahieu singled to right center, Blackmon scored, LeMahieu to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • K. Yates Pitching:
    • A. Amarista: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Amarista struck out swinging
    • D. Garneau: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Garneau struck out swinging
    • P. Valaika: Ball, Valaika popped out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Qualls Pitching:
    • H. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • L. Torrens: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Torrens struck out swinging
    • A. Cordoba: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Cordoba grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • K. Yates Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Arenado flied out to right
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez singled to shallow center
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Desmond struck out swinging
    • G. Parra: Strike swinging, Foul, Parra flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Rusin Pitching:
    • W. Myers: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Myers struck out swinging
    • L. Sardinas: Sardinas grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Schimpf: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Schimpf grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Stammen Pitching:
    • A. Amarista: Ball, Foul, Amarista grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Garneau: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Garneau walked
    • P. Valaika: Valaika flied out to deep right
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon doubled to left, Garneau scored
    • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu lined out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Rusin Pitching:
    • A. Cordoba: Ball, Cordoba flied out to center
    • J. Blash: Ball, Ball, Blash grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Margot: Ball, Margot reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • C. Spangenberg: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Spangenberg struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Stammen Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez flied out to deep center
    • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Desmond grounded out to second
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Parra grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • R. Schimpf: Ball, Ball, Schimpf flied out to deep right
    • C. Stammen: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Stammen struck out swinging
    • A. Hedges: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hedges grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Weaver Pitching:
    • I. Desmond: Desmond homered to left
    • G. Parra: Strike swinging, Foul, Parra safe at first on 3rd baseman Schimpf fielding error
    • A. Amarista: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Amarista singled to right, Parra to third
    • D. Garneau: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Garneau singled to left, Parra scored, Amarista to second
    • A. Senzatela: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Senzatela struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon reached on fielder's choice to first, Amarista to third, Garneau out at second
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu singled to shallow right, Amarista scored, Blackmon to second
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Arenado grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, LeMahieu out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • A. Hedges: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Hedges grounded out to third
    • E. Aybar: Strike looking, Ball, Aybar homered to right center
    • J. Blash: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Blash walked
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Margot reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Blash to second on Senzatela fielding error
    • C. Spangenberg: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Spangenberg fouled out to left
    • W. Myers: Ball, Myers doubled to deep left, Blash scored, Margot to third
    • Y. Solarte: Solarte fouled out to third
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Weaver Pitching:
    • D. Garneau: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Garneau doubled to deep left
    • A. Senzatela: Senzatela safe at first on fielding error, Garneau to third
    • C. Blackmon: Foul, Blackmon safe at first on right fielder Renfroe fielding error, Garneau and Senzatela scored. Blackmon to third
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Arenado hit sacrifice fly to center, Blackmon scored
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Gonzalez flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • W. Myers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Myers grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Ball, Solarte singled to left
    • R. Schimpf: Schimpf fouled out to catcher
    • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Solarte to second on passed ball, Strike looking, Renfroe struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Weaver Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Arenado flied out to right
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded out to first
    • I. Desmond: Desmond singled to left center
    • G. Parra: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Parra singled to right center, Desmond to third
    • A. Amarista: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Amarista grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • J. Weaver: Strike looking, Strike looking, Weaver grounded out to second
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Margot grounded out to second
    • C. Spangenberg: Ball, Spangenberg grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Weaver Pitching:
    • D. Garneau: Strike looking, Garneau flied out to left
    • A. Senzatela: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Senzatela reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Senzatela out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • R. Schimpf: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Schimpf popped out to third
    • H. Renfroe: Strike (foul tip), Renfroe singled to left
    • A. Hedges: Hedges lined out to shortstop
    • E. Aybar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Aybar grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Weaver Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Blackmon doubled to shallow left
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu singled to right center, Blackmon scored, LeMahieu to second
    • N. Arenado: Foul, Ball, Arenado doubled to deep left, LeMahieu scored
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • I. Desmond: Strike swinging, Desmond homered to left, Arenado scored
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Parra lined out to left
    • A. Amarista: Ball, Foul, Foul, Amarista flied out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Senzatela Pitching:
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Ball, Margot grounded out to second
    • C. Spangenberg: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Spangenberg singled to left
    • W. Myers: Strike looking, Ball, Myers singled to right, Spangenberg to third
    • Y. Solarte: Solarte hit sacrifice fly into double play center to shortstop, Spangenberg scored, Myers out at second
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)