Cook shines in win over Padres
Right-hander strikes out six in four strong innings
ROCKIES 13, PADRES 11
at Peoria, Ariz.
Friday, March 6
Padres at the plate: Trailing 5-1, the Padres scored five runs in the fifth inning. The big blow was a three-run home run by Chase Headley. Kyle Blanks, who had two hits, added a solo home run. Both home runs came against new Rockies reliever Huston Street. Chris Burke, who drove in a run earlier in the game, had two hits. Leadoff hitter Drew Macias reached base twice. Chad Huffman hit a two-out grand slam in the ninth inning to pull the Padres within two.
Rockies at the plate: Yorvit Torrealba hit a solo home run to left field in the first inning. Teammate Omar Quintanilla had an RBI triple in a three-run fifth inning. Leadoff hitter Scott Podsednik had two hits, including an infield single in the first inning that led to a two-run uprising. Pinch-hitter Eric Young Jr. put the Rockies back in the lead with a single in a four-run sixth inning. Ryan Spilborghs had two hits and drove in a run. Michael McKenry had a home run in the seventh inning.Padres on the mound: Starting pitcher Kevin Correia, considered the favorite to win the No. 4 starter job, allowed two runs in the first inning and then didn't allow a hit over the next two innings. Wade LeBlanc, who is also in the running for a rotation spot, allowed two runs on three hits in two innings. Chad Reineke, in his first appearance this spring, also struggled, allowing two earned runs in the sixth inning. Rockies on the mound: Starting pitcher Aaron Cook struck out six and allowed a run on an infield single in his four innings against the team he has owned in recent years. Street struggled mightily, allowing five runs (four earned) on three hits while getting one out. Former Padre Alan Embree tossed a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. Cactus League records: Rockies 1-7; Padres 2-4-2. Up next: Josh Geer, who is trying to win a job at the back end of the Padres' rotation, makes his second start of the spring on Saturday against the Oakland A's in Peoria. Also scheduled to pitch are Cla Meredith, Chris Britton, Mark Worrell, Cesar Ramos and Matt Buschmann.
Right-hander Jason Hirsh and left-hander Franklin Morales, two of the competitors for the open rotation spot, each are scheduled to pitch for the Rockies against the Giants at Scottsdale on Saturday.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.