Padres starting pitcher Christian Friedrich hasn’t won a game since June 23rd. He changed that Saturday night when he dominated his former team, the Colorado Rockies.
Friedrich pitched seven shutout innings giving up just two hits and one walk. The lefty struck out ten matching a career-high and retired the last thirteen batters he faced.
It was easy for him to relax on the mound because his offense got him an early lead.
Yangervis Solarte gave the Padres an early 1-0 lead with an RBI single to right in the first scoring Jon Jay.
Then in the bottom of the second, the Swinging Friars showed up with two-outs.
Derek Norris drew a one-out walk before moving to second on a Luis Sardinas single to right. Norris was erased at third on a fielder’s choice bunt off the bat of Friedrich. Travis Jankowski loaded the bases thanks to a catcher’s interference call.
Jay followed with a single to right scoring Sardinas putting San Diego up 2-0. Wil Myers hit a two-run ground rule double extending the Padres lead to 4-0. On the next pitch Solarte doubled to right scoring Jay and Myers.
The Padres scored five-runs with two-outs in the second inning.
Colorado plated three in the eighth with a DJ LeMahieu RBI single and Carlos Gonzalez two-run single to cut the Padres lead to 6-3.
But Brandon Maurer came in, in the ninth and recorded his ninth save of the season.
Padres win 6-3 to secure at least a series split with the Rockies.
Edwin Jackson goes for the series win tomorrow at Petco Park opposite Chad Bettis.