The nearly hourlong rain delay at Coors Field in Denver on Tuesday should have been a warning of things to come for the San Diego Padres.
The Friars lost 8-0 to the Rockies with their 22-year-old pitching prospect Eric Lauer struggling in his major league debut after fellow southpaw Buddy Baumann was designated for assignment.
Lauer gave up seven runs (six of them earned) by the second inning. Five of those runs came in the second inning alone.
“You can spin it whichever way you want, but at the end of the day those aren’t the results I want, and that’s not going to keep me here,” Lauer said. “I’ve just got to get better.”
After D.J. LeMahieu’s RBI single to make it 3-0 and with bases loaded, Trevor Story grand slammed on a 1-1 fastball to make it 7-0.
“I don’t think today was an accurate representation of who I am as a pitcher,” Lauer said. “I’ve just got to get back to basics. Today was one of those days where I just couldn’t settle myself down. Usually, I can do that pretty easily, but tonight it wasn’t working for me.”
Lauer’s trouble started almost immediately. After loading the bases with one out in the first, Chris Iannetta sent a chopper to shortstop Freddy Galvis who threw to Jose Pirela for an easy out. But a poor throw by Pirela to Chase Headley for what would have been a two-out double play gave the Rockies two scoring runs.
After Pirela’s costly error, Lauer recovered by striking out David Dahl for his first career strikeout.
Lauer is still one of the Padres top prospects and the 1-2-3 third inning showed what he is capable of, but he was pulled after a leadoff walk in the fourth.
“He’s here to pitch,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “He’s going to get an opportunity. We like a lot of things about him. That doesn’t change on one cold night at Coors Field.”
Up next, Tyson Ross will start for the Friars against Jon Gray for game 3. First pitch is at 12:10 p.m. Pacific time.
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