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Tuesday, April 15th
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Rockies (6-8) at San Diego Padres (6-7), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Juan Nicasio (1-0, 3.75)
San Diego - Robbie Erlin (1-0, 1.35)
(SportsNetwork.com) - San Diego second baseman Jedd Gyorko is off to a slow
start. The Padres don't seem to mind, though, as they locked him up to a five-
year extension on Monday worth $35 million.
The deal will keep Gyorko in San Diego through 2019 and contains an option for
"It's good to have the possibility and potential to pencil Jedd into the
lineup for a long time," San Diego manager Bud Black said.
Gyorko and the Padres go after their third straight win on Tuesday when they
continue a four-game set with the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park.
The 25-year-old Gyorko was 0-for-3 on Monday and saw his average dip to .152,
but San Diego scored twice in the eighth thanks to a wild pitch and an errant
throw in its 5-4 win.
Huston Street then worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save of the season.
Tommy Medica, Everth Cabrera and Alexi Amarista each drove in a run for the
Padres, who have won four of five.
Eric Stults pitched five innings and gave up four runs -- three earned -- on
nine hits. Dale Thayer (2-0) got the win for firing a perfect eighth.
"We talked about before the game being patient and if you look at the whole
game I think we did that," said Black. "We got a good start from Stults and
the bullpen did a fantastic job."
Wilin Rosario blasted a two-run shot while Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu
each drove in a run for the Rockies, who have dropped three of four. Jordan
Lyles gave up three runs on six hits over five innings of work.
To make matters worse, Colorado also lost right fielder Michael Cuddyer to a
right elbow injury as he crashed into the wall and banged his elbow on the
ground while trying to make a play on an Amarista triple in the fifth inning.
"I probably could have finished the inning, but 10 minutes later I could
hardly move," Cuddyer said.
Cuddyer was diagnosed with an elbow contusion and is listed as day-to-day.
Getting the call for the Padres on Tuesday will be lefty Robbie Erlin, who was
terrific in his first start in Cleveland on Wednesday. Erlin gave up a run and
four hits in six innings of that one, as he improved to 1-0 to go along with a
Colorado, meanwhile, will counter with righty Juan Nicasio, who is 1-0 with a
3.75 ERA. Nicasio didn't get a decision on Wednesday against Chicago, as he
allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings of his team's 10-4 loss.
Nicasio has dominated the Padres over the course of his career, going 2-0 with
a 2.87 ERA in five starts.
Colorado went 12-7 versus San Diego last season.
Prior to the game as part of the Major Leagues-wide Jackie Robinson Day
celebration, San Diego will have 42 youngsters from the Jackie Robinson YMCA
lining the first-base line in Padres No. 42 jerseys.
04/15 11:02:57 ET