While it took the until September 1st of last season to get their sixth victory against San Diego, the Rockies have now done that before the month of May by wrapping up the second straight sweep of the Padres with the 2-1 win on Sunday to move to 8-4 on the young season.
Just as they did a week ago, the Rockies had little to no trouble with the Padres, as they finish off their second sweep of the season only 12 games into the year, unlike last season where it took until August 15th for the Rockies to complete their second sweep of any team.
After their first sweep of the Padres which had the Rockies at 5-1 and optimism flowing through the fan base, the Rockies experienced quite the rude awakening at the hand of the Giants, getting swept in the three-game series, the first against the boys from the Bay area. But thanks to the favorable schedule, the Rockies got right back to facing the Padres, looking to get back on the right track.
The Rockies got back to their winning ways by taking the first two games in San Diego with a combined score of 18-10. Colorado then sent Jorge De La Rosa to the mound on Sunday, who despite playing decent thus far, was the only Rockies starting pitcher without a victory through the first 11 games of 2013.
That changed on Sunday when DLR pitched six solid scoreless innings to get his first victory of the year. Even though it looked as if DLR was going to get the no decision heading into the top of the seventh, Todd Helton changed that with a pinch-hit two-run homer for his first bomb of the season to give Colorado the 2-0 lead. Walt Weiss then handed the ball to the bullpen of Wilton Lopez, Matt Belisle, and then to Rafael Betancourt, who would finish off the Padres with the save, despite the drama of walking the first two batters in the 9th and allowing a run on a sac-fly.
With the 2-1 victory, the Rockies move to 8-4 and will now head back to Denver to take on the New York Mets in a 4-game series starting on Monday.