Friday Quick Hits: Renfroe Flexes Muscles, SD Overpowers Rockies in 12 innings

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The Colorado Rockies blew a six-run lead in the ninth inning, their first time ever blowing a lead of six or more runs in the ninth, win or lose, per Elias. The previous high was five runs, which happened twice, most recently Aug. 1, 2003 in a 12-11 loss at Pittsburgh. The Padres turned that six-run, game-tying rally into a 16-12, 12-inning victory against the Rockies. The bullpen allowed 15 runs, most in franchise history for Rockies relievers in a game.

AT THE PLATE

Ian Desmond, hitting for reliever Bryan Shaw in the sixth inning, delivered a three-run home run -- an inside-the-park home run. Not only was it his eighth home run of the season, but it was the first inside-the-park home run of his career, and he circled the bases in 15.09 seconds, the quickest of any of the eight players who have hit an inside-the-park home run this year. Ther previous best was 15.14 seconds by Kevin Kiermaier of the Rays at Cleveland on Nov. 23.

And that comes in the same weekd that Desmond, on Monday against the Cubs, unloaded a 486-foot home run, the longest home run hit in MLB this year, according to Statcast.

“The boys at the gym I work out at, Athletic Edge in Sarasota, they were texting me -- ‘This is what it gets, training over here,’” said Desmond, who also has the Majors’ longest traditional homer this season -- 486 feet Monday against the Cubs. “It was a good moment, but just like the rest of them, you put it behind you and get ready for the next day.”

ON THE MOUND

The Rockies bullpen took a hit on Friday night. The Rockies went into the 16-12, 12-inning loss to the Padres with a bullpen that had the third lowest ERA among NL bullpens (3.94). By game's end, the bullpen ERA had rished to 4.28, ninth in the National League. The Rockies also blew a save for the eighth time in 20 opporutnities, a 60 percent success rate in closing out a save, which is 11th in the NL.

FYI

Padres outfielder Hunter Renfroe hit three home runs on Friday night, the 17th time in Rockies history a player has hit three home runs in a game against them, joining Christian Villanueva (Aprl 3, 2018) and Phil Nevin (Oct. 6, 2001) as Padres on that list. He has hit 21 home runs this season, tied with Mike Moustakas of the Brewers for fourth in the NL. Chrisitan Yelich leads the NL with 25 home runs. Pete Alonso of the Mets and Cody Belinger of the Dodgers are tied for second with 22.

The 17 who have hit three home runs in a game against the Rockies:

Source: Stats, Inc.

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