In another improbable comeback, the San Diego Padres on Sunday scored four runs in the 9th inning to beat the Colorado Rockies 14-13.
The teams split the series, winning two games a piece, but in explosive fashion. The Associated Press reported that the teams scored the most runs, 92, in more than 130 years in a four-game series.
At a glance, the games looked like they were low-scoring football contests:
- On Thursday, the Rockies took the first game 9-6.
- The Padres followed Friday by outlasting the Rockies in 12 innings, 16-12. They forced the game into extras by scoring five runs in the 9th inning.
- The Rockies, despite the difficult loss, came back Saturday to win 14-8.
On Sunday, Hunter Renfroe and Fernando Tatis Jr. each got three hits and scored three runs. Renfroe, who hit two more homers after Friday’s three, added four RBIs, as did Greg Garcia.
The weekend pitchers’ nightmare continued early Sunday as the Rockies led the Padres 9-8 after just three innings. It was an odd game for other reasons as well.
There were two delays, due to an irrigation failure, then an actual stop for inclement weather. And in the end, after all the substantial slugging, the Padres won the game on a bases-loaded walk to pinch-hitting pitcher Matt Strahm.
The all-time record for the most runs in such a series dates back to 1887, according to the AP. That’s when the old Cleveland Blues and St. Louis Browns scored a combined 112 runs.
In addition, the Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon got 15 hits in the four games, the most for one player in a series since 1900. Tatis and Manny Machado had 10 hits each.
The Padres return home to Petco Park to begin a six-game home stand Monday against the first-place Milwaukee Brewers.
– Staff reports
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