When the sun rose on Monday to start another beautiful San Diego day, the Padres were the only team in the National League that did not have double digits in the win column.
The Padres beat the Rockies 3-2 at PETCO Park, snapping a 3-game losing streak and improving their record to 10-20.
Opening Day starter Edinson Volquez got his first win in a Padres uniform, striking out 5 in 5.1 innings. He got help from another guy who came over in the Mat Latos trade. 1st baseman Yonder Alonso drove in two of San Diego's three runs with a pair of RBI singles.
It's looking like the Padres might be ready to break out of their season-long slump. Alonso has his safely in 10 of 11 games (raising his average to .283), while center fielder Cameron Maybin has 7 hits in his last 18 at-bats.
With closer Huston Street on the disabled list, Dale Thayer got 9th inning duties. He set Colorado down 1-2-3, earning his second career save. His first came in May of 2009, in his Major League debut for the Rays. In between, Thayer didn't even get a save opportunity.
So, the guy with the Goose Gossage mustache is a perfect 2-for-2 in his closing career. I'm sure he hopes his next save comes sooner than 2015.