C.J. Cron’s homer leads Rockies over Padres in Colorado’s 11th walk-off win of season – The Denver Post
These are the games that try managers’ souls. And make them jump for joy.
C.J. Cron hit a one-out walk-off homer off Daniel Hudson to lift the Rockies to a wild, 6-5 win over San Diego Monday night at Coors Field.
It was Cron’s 20th homer of the season and Colorado’s 11th walk-off win — the most in the majors. It also set a franchise record, topping the 2010 squad’s record of 10 walk-off wins.
In the top of the ninth, however, the Padres appeared to have wrecked Colorado’s evening. The Rockies led 5-2 and had two outs. But Trent Grisham sliced an opposite-field three-run homer off closer Daniel Bard, tying the game 5-5.
It was another dramatic moment in a game full of them.
In the sixth inning, San Diego’s Adam Frazier scorched a ball into no man’s land in left-center. It surely looked like an extra-base hit for Frazier. That is until Rockies left fielder Connor Joe ran the ball down and made a brilliant, leaping grab. On the mound, right-hander Antonio Senzatela applauded the circus catch.
That was appropriate because Senzatela pitched an excellent game. The right-hander coaxed the Padres into 14 groundball outs over his seven innings. He gave up two runs on six hits. He got the Padres to ground into three inning-ending double plays — in the second, fourth and fifth.
San Diego scored a run off Senzatela in the second when Jake Cronenworth led off with a double and eventually scored on Senzatela’s wild pitch. Their second run came in the sixth on a Fernando Tatis Jr. double combined with an RBI single by Manny Machado.
Joe celebrated his 29th birthday by leading off the first with a 416-foot home run to center, his seventh homer of the season, in only 47 games. He finished the game hitting 2-for-4, raising his average to .291.
The Rockies’ four-run third inning was huge. It began with back-to-back singles by Joe and Brendan Rodgers, followed up by a two-run double by Trevor Story, who had two doubles Sunday at San Francisco.
The Rockies improved to 39-21 at home, the second-best home winning percentage (.650) in the majors behind only San Francisco (.690). Since May 21, the Rockies own a remarkable 26-9 home record, the best in the majors during that stretch.