Jose Iglesias’ six RBIs lead Rockies to wild win over Padres
By Coors Field standards, it’s been a rather tame season. Wednesday night, the craziness returned.
In the Rockies’ 10-6 victory over San Diego, there were 11 pitchers used, nine walks issued (eight by Colorado pitchers), 29 combined hits, including two homers, five doubles, and a triple.
Rockies shortstop Jose Iglesias drove in a career-high six runs.
The nine-inning game took 3 hours, 40 minutes to complete.
And, oh yes, Colorado manager Bud Black got tossed.
The Rockies finally put the game away with a three-run seventh, combining a leadoff double by catcher Elias Diaz, an RBI single and a stolen base by Sam Hilliard, a pinch-hit single by C.J. Cron and a two-run single by Iglesias.
“This was huge for us,” said Iglesias, who became the third shortstop in franchise history to record at least six RBIs, joining Trevor Story and Troy Tulowitzki, who both did it twice. “As a team, we did a great job putting together up and down the order. It paid off at the end.”
Connor Joe, who had a key RBI single in a three-run fifth inning that got the Rockies back into the game, added: “That’s a fun ballgame, that’s what it’s all about, right? We never gave up, we kept punching back. I’m really proud of the team. We kept battling. Overall, a huge win.”
Colorado recorded a season-high 18 hits, its most since May 1, 2021 at Arizona and its most at Coors since June 16, 2019 vs. San Diego. Hilliard, making his second consecutive start since being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque, went 3-for-5, drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh, and scored three times.
“From our perspective, a great emotional win against the team in our division that we play a lot,” Black said. “A lot of really good stuff tonight.”
The Padres, a legitimate playoff contender, continue to fail at Coors Field. The Rockies are 12-3 in LoDo against the Padres since the start of the 2021 season.
Iglesias’s three-run home in the sixth off of Nabil Crismatt tied the game 6-6. It was just the second homer Crismatt has given up this season in 41 innings.
“The last six weeks, he’s been really good (on defense),” Black said of Iglesias. “Jose has been pretty consistent with the bat all season. And he’s had some really big swings with the homer over the last couple of weeks.”
All three of Iglesias’ home runs this season have come over his last 14 games, a career-long 262 homerless at-bat streak from Sept. 14, 2021-June 26, 2022.
Black, however, had to watch Iglesias’ latest homer from his office.
Earlier in the sixth inning, when Daiz was called out at home for going out of the basepath to avoid catcher Austin Nola’s tag, Black went ballistic. He was ejected by home-plate umpire Malachi Moore, getting tossed for the first time this season and the 33rd time in his career.
“Just from my vantage point, plays at the plate are different than plays in between first and second and second and third, as far as (going) out of the baseline,” Black said. “There are many different level when you’re talking about plays at the plate, especially when you are talking about the new collision rule.
“We need to talk about that type, where (Diaz) tries to elude the tag and not run over the catcher, who is receiving the ball and blocking the plate.”
Haunted by their eight walks, including back-to-back, bases-loaded freebies in the fifth by starter Chad Kuhl and reliever Jhoulys Chacin, it could have been a nightmare on Blake Street for the Rockies. But they rallied for their wildest victory of the season.
Kuhl gave up a solo homer in the first to Jake Cronenworth but settled in until the Padres’ two-run fifth. Kuhl gave up two-out singles to Cronenworth and Manny Machado, then back-to-back walks to Nomar Mazara and Eric Hosmer to force in Cronenworth. Chacin’s walk to Ha-Seong Kim forced in Machado.
Kuhl pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove, who’s headed to Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Los Angeles was in total command through four scoreless innings. But Colorado scored three runs on four hits in the fifth. That was it for Musgrove, who saw his ERA rise from 2.09 to 2.42 after giving up five runs on nine hits.