If the Colorado Rockies were in a buyers’ role this trade season – and they’re not even close, farther away than the Padres -- you know they’d be making a California Chrome-like run at Ian Kennedy.

Just to keep him from keeping them in the postseason hunt.

And what are the legitimate contenders to think now of Kennedy, the Padres right-handed starter with the 6-1 win at Coors Field on Monday night? As the converse to people looking askance at any offensive statistic posted by a Rockies player – or anybody who wields a bat at Coors Field – Kennedy surely gave himself extra appeal around baseball with seven innings of four-hit ball and nine strikeouts.

"I've faced the guy a lot over the years," said Chase Headley, referring to Kennedy's time with the Arizona Diamondbacks. "When he's throwing the ball like that, he's no fun at all to face."

On the evening of a day of rampant speculation over a deal that would send Headley to the Toronto Blue Jays, too, the Padres third baseman continued his recent resurgence at the plate. Headley recorded four of the Padres' 11 hits -- two of them right-handed singles, one of them a two-RBI double off the wall that was struck left-handed -- and scored twice on sacrifice flies by Brooks Conrad and Carlos Quentin.

Since the start of July, Headley's batting average and on-base percentage are .462,.

For sheer fireworks, though, the skies over Coors Field actually brought the game to a halt for nearly an hour with the Padres up 6-1 after seven innings. End-of-the-world storm clouds delivered lightning bolts so near, players from both teams grew visibly reticent about playing on, and as he strolled off the field after retiring the side in the seventh, Kennedy turned back to plate umpire Ron Kulpa with a smile and pointed to the sky.