(Sports Network) - Edinson Volquez hopes to put an atrocious first start
behind him on Sunday when the San Diego Padres try to salvage the finale of a
three-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
Volquez lasted just three innings in an Opening Day loss to the New York Mets
and was pounded for six runs and six hits. He also walked three and struck out
"I expected to do better than that today," Volquez said after the outing.
In his 32 starts last season, only once did Volquez pitch three or fewer
innings -- and oddly enough, that start came against the Mets on Aug. 4 when
he lasted 1 2/3 innings.
"Bad game," Padres manager Bud Black said.
Colorado, meanwhile, will counter with righty Jhoulys Chacin, who was terrific
in his season debut after a disappointing spring. Chacin, though, did not get
a decision against Milwaukee, despite surrendering just a run and three hits
in 6 2/3 innings of his team's 5-4 loss.
Chacin, who signed a two-year, $6.5 million contract during the offseason, is
2-1 lifetime versus the Padres with a 2.86 ERA in seven games (4 starts).
Colorado has been one of the season's early surprises and continued to roll on
Saturday, as Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run home run and had four RBI to carry
the Rockies to a 6-3 win.
Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki had an RBI apiece for the Rockies, who saw
starter Jon Garland (1-0) allow two runs on five hits over six innings. Rafael
Betancourt pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his third save of the season.
The Rockies have won four of five to start the year after losing a franchise-
record 98 games a year ago. They haven't been 5-1 since 1995.
"It was another great start from one of our starting pitchers. That is a lot
to be proud of for Jon right there after being away from pitching for that
long and to go out there and pitch like that," Rockies manager Walt Weiss
Jedd Gyorko drove in two runs and Alexi Amarista had an RBI for the Padres.
Starter Tyson Ross (0-1) needed 96 pitches to get through four-plus innings
and gave up three runs -- two earned -- on three hits and four walks.
"The first inning put him behind the eight ball in pitch count. The third and
fourth were pretty clean, but in the fifth I noticed the velocity was coming
down a bit and knew it was time to make a move," Padres manager Bud Black
Colorado hasn't completed a three-game home sweep of the Padres since turning
the trick from April 18-20, 2003. Getting it done on a Sunday may be easier
said than done, though, as the Rockies were just 5-22 last season on this day.
Of course, they set a major league record by losing 17 straight Sunday
contests in 2011.
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