Upset with the way his team was playing Bud Black issued a short but stern message to his club in the dugout during the ninth inning of Monday night’s 12-run loss at Coors Field. “In a simple few words the message was clear direct and needed” Padres veteran Mark Kotsay said Tuesday night. “Everyone knew what was happening. “Coming from a guy like Bud who rarely raises his voice the message was heard and received by everyone. We had to play better.” Tuesday night the Padres did – equaling the run production of their previous three games in a 7-5 victory over the Rockies that snapped an embarrassing two-game losing streak. “That was a good win after that game last night” said Black. Nick Hundley and Jedd Gyorko homered and Will Venable scored two runs drove in two runs and had three hits as the Padres rebounded from their worst loss of the season to defeat Colorado 7-5. And before being routed 14-2 on Monday the Padres dropped a 3-2 13-inning decision in Cincinnati on Sunday in a game where the Padres went 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position. “It’s been awhile since we sustained any consistent offense” Black said Tuesday afternoon of a Padres team that was in a 3-for-55 drought with runners in scoring position and had gone 52 straight innings without a run-scoring hit other than a home run. The Padres responded with 12 hits their most in nine games since getting 14 on Aug. 2. The seven runs were their most since they also scored seven on Aug. 2 in a 7-2 win over the Yankees. However Tuesday night’s game didn’t start well for the Padres. After taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-out single by Yonder Alonso – ending a string of 20 straight at-bats without a hit with runners in scoring position -- the Padres watched the Rockies score four runs on five hits in the bottom of the first off left-hander Eric Stults who had given up only two earned runs in his first two starts of the season against Colorado. Stults opened the game by leaving his off-speed stuff up in the zone. “This is not an easy spot to make adjustments when you get off to a bad start” said Stults who allowed only one run over his final 3 2/3 innings. As Stults settled in the Padres went to work against Rockies starter Jeff Manship. Expectant father Hundley’s ninth homer of the season gave the Padres their first two runs in a four-run second.
Padres bats come alive in 7-5 win over Rockies
San Diego Union-Tribune | Aug 14