Padres hit 4 homers in 16-7 rout of Rockies
Aspen, CO Colorado
DENVER ” Brian Giles vetoed a trade Friday that would have sent him to the Boston Red Sox. The San Diego Padres are glad he stayed home.
Giles had four hits, including one of San Diego’s four home runs and the Padres spoiled Livan Hernandez’s return to the National League with a 16-7 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
Jody Gerut, Kevin Kouzmanoff and Giles homered in the third, and Luke Carlin added his first major league home run. Giles scored four times and had four RBIs for the Padres, who had 20 hits and set a season-high in runs.
Giles, a San Diego native, was claimed on waivers by the Red Sox on Wednesday but the veteran invoked his no-trade clause to remain with the Padres.
“I felt relaxed when I made the decision,” he said. “It wasn’t a big issue for me.”
The Padres wasted little time in welcoming Hernandez back to the NL. Gerut and Luis Rodriguez led off the game with singles, Giles hit a two-run double and Gonzalez doubled home a run. Later in the inning, Carlin drove home Gonzalez to make it 4-0.
Hernandez (0-1), claimed off waivers by the Rockies on Wednesday, pitched a perfect second inning but didn’t get out of the third. He walked Gonzalez and gave up a two-run homer to Kouzmanoff, his 17th of the season. After Chase Headley popped out, Hernandez walked the next two batters and Gerut chased him with a line-drive, three-run homer to right-center, his 11th of the season.
“Livan is a real good control pitcher and he just didn’t have his control like he usually does,” Giles said. “We were able got get him into good hitting counts, and when he did leave it over the middle, do some damage with it.”
Hernandez had allowed a major league-high 199 hits and .341 opponent batting average before he was waved. A move to Coors Field, coupled with nearly two weeks off, wasn’t the antidote to those problems.
Hernandez allowed nine runs on seven hits and walked four in 2 2-3 innings, but the Padres didn’t stop scoring once he left. Rodriguez greeted reliever Jason Grilli with a single and Giles followed with a home run that bounced off the top of the right-field fence.
“I didn’t pitch for 12 days,” Hernandez said. “I leave a lot of pitches on top of the plate. I’m better than that; I know that.”
Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said Hernandez’s ineffectiveness was a combination of rust and location.
“His command wasn’t sharp,” Hurdle said. “He wasn’t able to throw quality strikes on either edge, and the balls were hit hard.”
Down 11-0, the Rockies mounted a rally off of starter Chris Young in the fourth, scoring seven runs on seven hits. Cory Sullivan had a two-run triple and Brad Hawpe’s 18th home run, a three-run shot into the Rockies’ bullpen, made it 11-7.
“I’ve been in this park a number of times, but I’m hopefully a quick enough study to realize the more runs you get here the better you feel,” Padres manager Bud Black said.
Young gave up seven runs and nine hits with three walks three in four innings. Justin Hampson (1-1) pitched three innings in relief to get the win.
Colorado has lost five of seven to Washington and San Diego, two of the worst road teams in the major leagues, on this 10-game homestand. Only the Rockies have a worse road record.
“We’ve been playing so well at home all year, to have a big homestand and get beaten by two teams we feel we should play better than is tough to take,” shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said.
The Rockies are eight games behind Arizona in the NL West and host the Diamondbacks for a three-game series starting Tuesday.
“We’ll know where we are at the end of those three games,” Hurdle said.
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