- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Maybe the Rockies will call this game the “Denver Boot.”

Colorado got thumped by the San Diego Padres, 14-3, on Friday night. It would be easy to point to starter Eddie Butler’s uneven performance. Or that the Rockies bats were restricted to three runs. But the really story was the Rockies’ defense, which was scratchy.

Denver tied a season-high four errors in the game, coming from unexpected sources. Third baseman Nolan Arenado and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki each have two Gold Gloves, yet both committed errors Friday night.

Second baseman DJ LeMahieu won his first Gold Glove last year. He kicked a ball on Friday.

And finally Butler, who lasted only four innings, had a two-base error when trying to pick Justin Upton off first. It was the first of three errors in the fourth inning, only the 14th time that’s been done in Rockies history.

The result was the Padres scoring a season-high 14 runs, although three were unearned.

“It proves that these guys are human beings,” catcher Nick Hundley said. “They are so good and so talented and have so much range that when something doesn’t go as planned, it’s just so out of the ordinary that you are so unused to it. But when it shows up and it’s glaring more because the players of that caliber made a mistake.”

The Rockies had 12 errors entering the game, which made their uneven play so uncharacteristic as they helped the Padres snap a three-game losing skid.

“Defensively we are real good but we weren’t real good defensively tonight,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “Tough night for us defensively.”

Working on six days rest, Butler had himself and his defense to blame for his mediocre outing. Butler allowed five runs, but two were unearned as the Rockies, including Butler, committed three errors in the Padres’ four-run fourth inning.

“Nothing has been going for us the last week or so,” said Padres manager Bud Black, as San Diego won for the second time in nine games. “That’s baseball.”

Denver baseball seldom comes with this many boots.

“I wouldn’t take any other infielders in the league over our guys,” Hundley said. “They make unbelievable plays.”

Just not on Friday night.


Rockies centerfielder Drew Stubbs hit a solo homer in the fifth inning and it came with a sigh of relief. It was Stubbs’ first hit of the season, snapping a 0 for 21 skid which included 13 strikeouts.


Petco Park has been cozy for Padres’ rivals this homestead as they’ve hit 14 home runs in seven games. Only the Milwaukee Brewers (32) and Toronto Blue Jays (32) have allowed more homers this season than the Padres (30).


Rockies: OF Charlie Blackmon was out of the lineup because manager Walt Weiss said Blackmon was “under the weather” but he was available to pinch-hit.

Padres: RHP Shawn Kelley, who is on the DL with a strained left calf, was scheduled to make a rehabilitation start for Single A Lake Elsinore.


Rockies: LHP Jorge De La Rosa (0-1, 11.57) will make his third start of the year and second against the Padres. On April 20, he allowed a career-high tying nine runs in two innings in a 14-3 loss to San Diego.

Padres: RHP Brandon Morrow (1-0, 2.67) is trying to win his second straight game after beating the Dodgers on April 26. Morrow has worked six innings in each of his four starts this season, the first time he’s done that since 2012.

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