Padres step up to reward Dylan Cease with late runs in win over Rockies

Kevin Acee, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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DENVER — The Padres finally joined Dylan Cease on Monday, rewarding his seven stellar innings by stringing together hits for the first time all night to retake the lead in the eighth inning.

To that point, they were in danger of committing a crime against one of their starting pitchers for the second time in five games.

A two-out double by Luis Campusano and successive RBI singles by pinch-hitter Tyler Wade and Jackson Merrill made a winner of Cease, who allowed one hit in the first seven innings of the Padres’ 3-1 victory over the Rockies.

Cease threw every bit the game Michael King had five days earlier in a 1-0 loss in Milwaukee.

He allowed his only hit (and his only run) earlier than King, who took a no-hitter within an out of a full seven innings.

But in the thin air, where any stray pitch can ruin an excellent outing, Cease retired the Rockies in order in six of his seven innings, striking out eight along the way.


The only blemish on his gem was a double off the wall by Charlie Blackmon followed by a sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.

He was finished after throwing 90 pitches. Enyel De Los Santos allowed a two-out double in a scoreless eighth. Robert Suarez moved into a tie for the major league saves lead by earning his eighth of the season, but not before yielding a leadoff double to Sean Bouhard and a one-out single to Ezequiel Tovar. He got a double play grounder from Ryan McMahon to end the game.

A swirling wind blowing from left to right and also in may have affected some fly balls. But that wasn’t all that factored into a unique night at Coors Field.

The Padres, playing without Manny Machado, who remained in San Diego with his wife, Yainee, set to give birth to their first child, could not capitalize early or get anything going until late.


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