Denver – Already minus star Fernando Tatis Jr. and two backups before the first pitch because of COVID-19 concerns, San Diego Padres needed to pull Will Myers and Eric Hosmer in the middle of the game for virus-related reasons.
Short Penders boosted Manny Machado’s home run and five RBIs, but suddenly found himself in a precarious position after beating Colorado 8–1 on Tuesday night.
Padres manager Jayce Tingler said he hoped he would be able to play Wednesday’s doubleheader at Coors Field as scheduled.
“You don’t really plan these scenarios, but we know that things are going to unfold,” he said. Confidence in our Minor League crew that is preparing these people and they are going to come. At the end of the day, we are planning 14 innings tomorrow. We’re going to (U) Darvesh and (Blake) Snell and we’re going to be ready to play ball. “
“Obviously it’s not ideal, but I want to give credit to my friends tonight. We had a lot of busy things, ”he said. “We had a small bench and everyone went ahead and filled in.”
Tatis tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed on the injured list on day one. The dynamic shortstop was joined by utility players Jurixon Profar and Jorge Matteo, who were sidelined prior to the series opener as part of Major League Baseball’s Contract Tracing Health and Safety Protocol.
Myers knocked in the right-field wall in the first inning while catching Garrett Hampson’s deep flyball. Myers was shaken up in the game and checked out by the team’s coaches, and remained in the game.
But in the third, he was replaced in right field by Tusupita Marcono.
Tingler said Myers was sidelined when he exploded his elbow in the game, after the team found out that he had tested positive for the virus. Hosmer was placed seventh at first base for contact tracing.
“It’s a bummer,” Machado said. “It has definitely been a down day. It is unfortunate, the situation that is happening. “
“We have a large group of people there who step in for each other. We had people who took flight and took a big step for us today, ”he said.
It was Colorado’s sixth straight defeat to San Diego on August 30, 2020. He has been outscored 47–11 in that period.
Down in the fifth, the Padres went ahead when Machado followed with a double from Jake Cronvorath with a drive from Antonio Senzatella (1-4), which advanced to the left-field bleachers.
A two-way from Tyler Kinley, Mashedo’s two-out, San Diego was part of a six-run six that included Austin Nola’s sacrifice fly, Ha-Seong Kim’s run-scoring fielder’s choice and Hosmer’s RBI single.
The Padres employed a pitching from the committee’s point of view ahead of Wednesday’s doubleheader in Colorado. Danelson Lemmett played the first two innings and gave up one run on one hit.
Miguel Diaz (1-0) won with three innings of un-scored relief. Senzatella made his first start off the injury list on day one due to a groan.
“It’s good to be back,” Rocky’s manager Bud Black said. “His arm looked good, just right.” So, you know, we didn’t have a sixth (innings), but it kept us in the game out of five. “
Padres: Tatis, Profer and Mateo were placed on the injured list, INF / OF Tucupita Marcano and RHP Nabil Crismat were recalled from Triple-A El Paso and John Andreoli was selected to the roster.
Rockies: 1B CJ Crone is placed on the 10-day injured list, preceding last Friday, with lower back strain. Senzatella was active with IL prior to the game, returning from a right back strain.
The Padres and Rockies were relegated to a doubleheaded play on Wednesday, makeup for Monday’s rain in the second game. RHP John Gray (4-2, 3.12 era) is scheduled to start the first game for Rocky against Yu Darvish (3-1, 2.27 era) of San Diego. LHP Austin Gomber (2-4, 6.35 ERA) is set to start the second game for Rocky against LHP Blake Snell (1-0, 4.15 ERA).
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