Austin Gomber was cruising.
Over his last 10 starts, the lefty had posted a 6-1 record and a 2.08 ERA. He’s been one of the best things about the Rockies’ difficult season.
But on a difficult afternoon at Petco Park, Gomber suffered a first-inning blowout from which the Rockies never recovered. It was the Padres who sailed to an 8-1 victory.
Instead of winning the four-game series at San Diego, the Rockies had to settle for a two-two split and finished their 10-game, West Coast road trip 4-6.
Gomber gave up four runs on four hits and two walks in the first. He threw 40 pitches, just 23 of them for strikes. The two walks were telling. In his previous 10 starts (56 1/3 innings), the southpaw walked only six batters.
Sunday, even when he was in the strike zone,…
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