The Padres showed just how happy they were to be home at Petco Park with a 6-2 victory over the Rockies Tuesday night. The win was a big one for the Friars as they kicked off an eight game homestand with a three game series against Colorado.
Former Padres manager and San Diego State University stand out, Bud Black was watching from the visiting dug out. Black was named the Rockies manager last November after spending a year in the Anaheim Angels front office.
Another hometown product took center stage for San Diego Tuesday night. Trevor Cahill was on the mound for the Padres facing righty Tyler Chatwood for the Rockies. Chatwood allowed no hits through five innings, but then the Frairs got into a groove.
The sixth inning felt like a Padres highlight show. San Diego trailed 1-0 until outfielder Manuel Margot hit an RBI triple which scored Cahill and tied the game at one run apiece. That was just the beginning. First baseman Wil Myers doubled to center field and brought Margot home; that gave the Padres the 2-1 lead. How about back to back home runs? Infielder Yangervis Solarte sent a two run homer which was immediately followed by a solo shot courtesy of Ryan Schimpf, his seventh of the year. By the end of the inning the Padres had a healthy 5-1 lead.
Cory Spangenberg brought in another run with an RBI single to left field in the seventh. The Rockies tacked on a run in the eighth inning but would come up short. The Padres now lead the series 1-0. The next game against the Rockies is Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. at Petco Park.