Those of you who prefer pitching duals may want to look away. This weekend at Coors Field, the Padres and Rockies played in the most memorable four-game series in the history of the MLB. The two teams combined for 92 races in the four games. 92!
The previous record was 88 races, set by the Phillies and Dodgers in May 1929. This series was probably played on Earth. The Padres and Rockies played this weekend with gravity turned off. Here are the final scores:
The Padres and Rockies combined to hit .379 / .429 / .645 with 17 runs in 387 appearances at the plate this weekend. That's more or less what Joe Medwick, a Hall of Fame member, hit in 1937 (.374 / .414 / .641). Imagine a four-game series with Joe Medwick around 1937 taking each game. It's a little happened!
Sunday afternoon, the Padres lost five points in the seventh and three points in the ninth, but rallied to win the match. They scored three points against Wade Davis, then Jon Gray (Thursday's starter) was treated to Matt Strahm (Thursday's starter) with heavy goals and heavy goals to force the start.
After Greg Garcia's triple draw, the Rockies deliberately parried into the goals of bringing Strahm back to the plate with two outs. The Padres were players out of position. A bold strategy was to intentionally load the bases into the highest set of scores in history. It did not work.
. For the first time in the history of the franchise, the Padres cleared their deficit in the ninth inning in six innings before winning the match in 12 innings. Outfielder Hunter Renfroe has had three home runs in this game. He had five circuits in the series.
Fernando Tatis Jr. scored a draw in Friday's game and scored 10 for 19 (.526) with two doubles and three triples in the series. It's crazy.
Know what's even crazier? Tatis was only the second best striker in the series. Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies scored 15 with 24 assists (.625) with two doubles, one triple and four homers in all four games.
Blackmon entered the series by hitting .305 / .361 / .582 on the season. He left the series with a batting line of .336 / .385 / .652. Blackmon has managed to add 94 points – 94 points! – to his operations in a series of four games.
Luis Perdomo, the reliever of the rights of the Padres, deserves a special mention. He appeared in three games this weekend and managed to make 5 1/3 scoreless innings. No other pitcher from either team has thrown more than 2 1/3 in the series without allowing a race. Wade Davis was burned for six points in 1 1/3 inning. Coors Field, man. Crazy things are happening there.