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Padres Bats Fall Silent Again

Missed Opportunities Lead To Loss In Colorado

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    DENVER, CO - MAY 16: Home plate umpire Seth Buckminster asks for help on a check swing by Carlos Quentin #18 of the San Diego Padres as catcher Jordan Pacheco #58 of the Colorado Rockies also signals to first base during the seventh inning at Coors Field on May 16, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Padres 3-1. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

    It's still a work in progress.

    The Padres have been swinging the bats better of late, but they're still going to have those nights where they seem to be allergic to wood.

    'Twas the case in the Padres' 3-1 loss Friday night at Coors Field in Denver. The Friars did not get a hit off Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa until 7th inning, when Chris Denorfia (who had two of the team's five hits) hit a leadoff triple to set the table for the 2-3-4 hitters.

    However, Deno was stranded at 3rd base. Everth Cabrera broke his bat on a ground out, Chase Headley broke his bat on a soft liner to second and Carlos Quentin hit an infield pop up to kill the threat. Not exactly a stellar trip through the heart of the San Diego batting order.

    Padres starter Eric Stults had a perfect career record against the Rockies. It's interesting he took his first loss in Colorado in arguably his best start against Colorado.

    Stults threw 6.2 innings, allowing just six hits and one earned run. The Rockies got another run when 2nd baseman Jedd Gyorko mishandled a De La Rosa grounder that would have ended the 5th inning. Gyorko's error allowed Jordan Pacheco to score the first run of the game.

    The Padres got their only run in the 9th inning on Headley's RBI single that brought Denorfia home. San Diego actually put the tying run on first base in the 9th, but Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins got pinch-hitter Seth Smith to pop out and whiffed Cameron Maybin to end the game.

    On Saturday the Padres send Robbie Erlin to the mound against Jordan Lyles, who is 5-0 this season.