Myers Leads Padres to Comeback Win

Hot-hitting 1st baseman's late blast seals victory in Denver

In his first three Major League seasons Wil Myers never hit more than 13 home runs. Of course, he never played more than 88 games, mostly because of injuries.

Now that he’s healthy, Myers is terrorizing big league pitching. The Padres first baseman hit a 3-run home run in the top of the 9th inning to lead San Diego to a 7-5 win over the Rockies in Colorado. It’s the latest installment of Myer’s run of offensive gluttony.

Over his last 10 games, Myers is hitting .439 with six home runs and 15 RBI. Through 60 games Wil has already tied that career-high of 13 home runs and shows no signs of slowing down.

His heroics took a long time to set up. The night did not start well for the Padres. After just six pitches, starting pitcher Andrew Cashner left the game due to tightness in his back and neck. Padres Manager Andy Green said Cash will be evaluated by a doctor on Saturday.

In came rookie Luis Perdomo, who was a game-saver for the Friars. Perdomo allowed three earned runs in 5.2 innings with seven strikeouts and threw a career-high 100 pitches. Perdomo was able to get the Padres through the 6th inning down by just one run.

The Rockies added one more in the 8th inning and took a 5-3 lead to the top of the 9th inning. Jake McGee came in to save it for Colorado and got the first two outs before the proverbial wheels flew off.

Alexei Ramirez and Alexi Amarista singled, bringing Jon Jay to the plate. The Federalist lofted a fly ball to left field that hopped over the wall for a ground-rule double. It looked like the Padres caught a rough break because only one run was allowed to score. Had the ball stayed in the park Amarista likely would have come home to tie it up.

As it turned out, that didn’t matter. Myers followed with a 453-foot blast that turned out to be the game-winning hit. Padres closer Fernando Rodney tossed a perfect 9th inning for his 12th save of the year. Rodney still has not allowed an earned run this season.

Game two of the series is Saturday at Coors Field. Erik Johnson, who was recently acquired from the White Sox in the trade for James Shields, makes his Padres debut on the mound against Tyler Chatwood.

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