The Colorado Rockies turned to their All-Star closer to finish off the lowest-scoring game in Coors Field history. Brian Fuentes escaped a...
DENVER — The Colorado Rockies turned to their All-Star closer to finish off the lowest-scoring game in Coors Field history.
Brian Fuentes escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth after Jason Jennings scattered seven hits over seven innings, and the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 1-0 last night.
“I think this was an indication of my progression,” said Fuentes, an ex-Mariner who struggled in the first month of the season. “I didn’t unravel in a game where it wasn’t a very good night for me, but I got the save.”
Fuentes walked the first two batters, then struck out pinch-hitters Geoff Blum and Xavier Nady. An error on Eric Young’s grounder by shortstop Luis Gonzalez — who drove in the game’s only run — loaded the bases before Fuentes fanned Brian Giles for his 12th save in 14 chances, finishing the 28th shutout at Coors Field — 16th combined.
“I knew when I put the first two people on I would need a little help, and I got it,” Fuentes said of his 35-pitch ninth inning. “With Giles I was looking for a pop-up or anything else. I didn’t really care.”
There had been three 2-0 games at the 11-year-old stadium, including the Rockies’ victory over Detroit on June 10. This was the 847th regular-season game at Coors Field, the most any stadium needed before hosting its first 1-0 game.
“It was a rough one tonight, and we didn’t have much to show for it,” San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said. “The game came down to when we needed a big hit, we couldn’t get it.”
Brian Lawrence (5-8) lost despite allowing seven hits in 7-1/3 innings.
“This really stinks,” Lawrence said. “I did what I had to do, and it wasn’t good enough.”