DENVER (AP) -- The San Diego Padres had "one of those nights"
Tuesday, a debacle of a ballgame in which they looked nothing like
a playoff team.
Coming off three straight tight and impressive victories, the
Padres took a big step backward, allowing eight RBI to Matt
Holliday in matching the most lopsided loss in franchise history,
20-1 to the Colorado Rockies.
"Nobody got hurt," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said, trying to
find a bright spot. "We got knocked out early in the first
Holliday hit two homers in amassing his career high for RBI.
That total was the most in the NL this season, and tied the
"It was kind of humbling," Holliday said. "It's fun with
these type games. When you're on the winning side, it's fun. When
you're on the losing side, it's terrible."
Colorado matched a franchise record with its 20 runs and tied
the Yankees -- 20-11 winners over Tampa Bay on June 21 -- for the
most in the major leagues this season. The 19-run victory was the
largest winning margin in franchise history.
The loss, meanwhile, dropped the first-place Padres to 75-75.
That's still five games ahead of San Francisco in the NL West,
although after this game, the punch lines are sure to keep rolling
in about the so-called "race" in that woefully weak division.
"Our objective is to get to the playoffs and play good
baseball," Bochy said. "We'll figure that out once that
Who starred for Colorado?
Holliday homered onto the left-field concourse and off the
left-field foul pole en route to his career night. Luis Gonzalez
had four hits and four RBI, also a career high. Relief pitcher
Marcos Carvajal had his first major league hit, a two-run single in
the seventh that made it 17-1 ... the list went on and on for the
Rockies, who have won as many games as anyone in the NL West since
June 1, but still are deep in last place.
"We've only won 62 games this year," Rockies manager Clint
Hurdle said. "We've still got a lot of work ahead of us."
San Diego starter Woody Williams (8-12) was lifted before he
could get an out in the second inning, having allowed nine runs and
nine hits. Combined with the six runs he gave up in 3 1/3 innings
on opening day at Coors Field, Williams' ERA against Colorado this
season shot up to 29.10.
By the time reliever Scott Cassidy got the Rockies out after the
second, it was 10-0.
But there is no 10-run rule in the majors and, an inning later,
Colorado had bumped it to 15-0. Bochy responded by emptying his
bench to start the bottom of the fourth, subbing in players at
every position except left field and first base.
The biggest suspense after that was whether Bochy would turn to
a position player to pitch in hopes of conserving his bullpen for
the stretch run. He did -- bringing third baseman Sean Burroughs in
to work the eighth.
Throwing 75 mph "fastballs," Burroughs allowed four hits and
three runs, including Holliday's foul-pole shot, in his first major
league pitching appearance.
Holliday called going against a position player on the mound a
"no-win" situation for him or any batter. Burroughs simply tried
to have fun with it.
"The home run was a mistake pitch, definitely," he joked.
"You can't blow a 78 mph fastball by a hitter the caliber of Matt
The beneficiary of Colorado's big night was Jamey Wright (8-16),
who was recently demoted to the bullpen but got a spot start
because of an injury to Byung-Hyun Kim. Staked to the 7-0 lead
after the first inning, Wright prevented any Coors Field comeback
in this one, holding the Padres to one run and five hits over six
The Rockies tied a franchise record for runs in the first
inning, sending 11 batters to the plate and hitting for the cycle.
Dustan Mohr's two-run homer was the highlight. It gave Colorado a
The loss was the worst in franchise history for the Padres, tied
with a pair of 19-0 defeats in 1969, their first year of existence.
And while every team has awful nights like this, the timing was
particularly bad for the Padres.
They had won three straight close, dramatic games -- and four in
five nights -- and their 8-7 victory over Colorado in the series
opener Monday put them over .500 after leading the division at or
below the break-even point for more than a week.
As Tuesday showed, they aren't quite at full stride yet.
Paired with San Francisco's 4-3 win over Washington, the Padres'
magic number stayed stuck at eight.
"It's happened before, and it will happen again," Williams
said. "The longer you play, everything is going to happen to
This marked the fifth time Colorado has scored seven runs
in the first. The last was July 11, 1999, against the Angels. ...
Williams had allowed only one earned run in each of his last four
starts. ... With the win, Wright avoided joining Darryl Kile with
the franchise record for losses in a season (17). ... Colorado's
only other 20-run game was Sept. 23, 2003, against Arizona.