Tri-Cities

McCook

North Platte

Scottsbluff

Tri-Cities

Country 96 AM 1430 KRGI 97-3 The Wolf

McCook

Coyote Country 93.9 The Zone True Country 102.1

North Platte

Rock 100 Country 93.5 TBD

Scottsbluff

KMOR-FM Sunny 99.3 Wild Country 106.9

Sports News

The McCook Community College volleyball team has announced its itinerary for a week of training with Durham College -- a team from Oshawa, Canada. The trip includes a blend of intense training and opportunities for the Canadians to interact with area residents, volleyball fans and experience the sport in the heart of volleyball country.
 
The team will arrive Sunday and will have supper with MCC Vice President Kelly Rippen.
 
MCC Volleyball Coach Hayley Kobza said that McCook Christian Church and El Puerto will provide a few evening meals for the team while they are in town.
 
On Monday from 2:30-6 p.m., the Durham Lords and Coach Tony Clarke will team up with Josh Cherry and B Street Auto Spa to wash cars and make snow cones. There will also be a free will donation box set up for any donations for the McCook Animal Shelter.
 
“We’re still working out the details but at some point, Coach Clarke and the team will also work out with Brandi Schmick at CrossFit McCook and I think she’s lining up some community projects for them as well,” Kobza.
 
On Tuesday, MCC and Durham will gather at 5 p.m. at the Peter and Dolores Graff Events Center for a public meet-and-greet, prize giveaways, and the two teams will face off for a pre-season scrimmage at 7 p.m.
 
“We are inviting everyone to come out at 5 p.m. to meet both teams, win a few prizes, and learn what MCC and Durham Volleyball is all about,” Kobza said. “Everyone that attends this event has a chance to win some MCC gear.”
 
The Durham Lords, conference medalists three of the past five years, have finished third (Bronze medal) in 2019 and second (Silver medal) in both 2017 and 2015 at the Ontario College Athletic Association championships.
 
In her fourth year at the helm of MCC Volleyball, Kobza took over a 2-40 team, which improved to 8-24 in 2016, 20-19 during the 2017 season, and 21-14 a season ago, that included the school’s first Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference title since 1980.
 
The Durham trip to Nebraska came about because Durham Athletic Director Ken Babcock was in McCook this past April to watch his son Braden pitch for the MCC baseball team and spent several days following the baseball and softball teams as well as spending time on campus, with MCC staff and in the community.
 
Durham to take on Western Nebraska at 4 p. m while MCC will open the season at home that same day against Garden City at 7 p.m on August 22nd.
 
Both teams will finish out the week at a Friday-Saturday tournament in North Platte. The Lords will play Eastern Wyoming at 5 p.m. and then take on the Lady Indians at 7 p.m. The Lady Indians will play Eastern Wyoming at 3 p.m. Friday.
 
On Saturday, Durham plays Garden City at 10 a.m. and North Platte at noon. MCC will play Hesston (Kan.) at 10 a.m. and Garden City at 2 p.m.
 
THE DURHAM LORDS OF OSHAWA, CANADA, will be in McCook Sunday for a week of volleyball training, scrimmaging, a game, and cultural exchange, as hosts of the McCook Community College volleyball team. The Lords have finished third (Bronze medal) in 2019 and second (Silver medal) in both 2017 and 2015 at the Ontario College Athletic Association championships. MCC and Durham will scrimmage at an open session Tuesday then face off for real Aug. 23 at the Mid-Plains Subway Invite in North Platte.




-
Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team practiced in full pads on Wednesday for just under two hours while splitting time inside the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields.

 Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters spoke to the media after the conclusion of practice and began his session talking about the success of the offense in this past weekend’s scrimmage.

 “As an offense we are executing at a faster pace,” Walters said. “Even the younger guys are picking up their sense of urgency and their tempo. The veterans on their first three possessions went down and scored. The next three, the defense shut us out. It’s a win-win. We win some and the defense wins some. It’s been good competition throughout camp.”

 Walters continued by discussing the improvement and depth at the wide receiver position.

 "I think we are going to be a pretty good unit,” he said. “A lot of guys have not played a whole lot, I’m putting them in pressure situations in practice, so that when the game comes around, they are ready to go. Going against our defense and secondary day in and day out makes our guys better. Iron sharpens iron. Those guys are making the young guys better. They are making everybody better. The reps we get against our secondary are going to make us better.

 “We can play with seven or eight guys on the perimeter. If a guy goes down, we have another guy that is able to step up. I am very pleased with the receiving group. We are not satisfied. We have some work still to be done. I am very pleased with the effort, camaraderie and what they have given us so far.”

 Walters was asked about sophomore wide receiver Javeon McQuitty and his recent play during practice.

 "He has done a great job,” Walters said of McQuitty. “He understands the offense. The biggest thing is he is confident. Last year he wasn’t very confident. He kind of was more reactionary. Now he goes and makes things happen. He’s got that confidence. He made plays in the scrimmage. He keeps getting better and has that sense of urgency. He wants it. He wants to be a part of this team. He wants to contribute to the offense. That’s a good sign."

 Walters also touched on the running backs and specifically the duo of Maurice Washington and Dedrick Mills.

 "They are playing well,” Walters said of Washington and Mills. “Rahmir Johnson is playing well. I feel like we have a bunch of running backs to contribute. We are going to need them all. Going into each game, we are going to scheme and find roles and fits and how their skill set can cause trouble to the opposing defenses. All of them are going to be involved.

 “Mills is a downhill guy. When defenses get tired, he is going to break some tackles and get extra yards. Mo (Maurice Washington) is Mo, explosive and dynamic. Then you add Rahmir and some of the guys like Wan’Dale (Robinson) at running back….we feel pretty good about that position"




-
DENVER (AP) — The usually sure-footed Arizona Diamondbacks made a couple of uncharacteristic base-running mistakes.

It didn't matter. They found an easy way to around them — the long ball.

Jarrod Dyson homered on the second pitch of the game during a five-run first inning and was later involved in a quirky double play as the Diamondbacks cruised to a 9-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

It was Dyson's third career leadoff homer — all this season. Christian Walker, Nick Ahmed and David Peralta added two-run homers off Jeff Hoffman (1-4), who was making an emergency start following Jon Gray's scratch due to left ankle soreness. Hoffman surrendered seven runs over two innings.

"Dyson started the party," said Ahmed, who's homered in three straight games. "A leadoff homer is always great and hitting can be contagious after that."

The strangest play of the night was on an inning-ending double play in the eighth that involved tagging out two Diamondbacks runners caught in rundowns. With runners on first and third, Dyson grounded a ball to first baseman Daniel Murphy, who trapped Ahmed between third and home. Ahmed was eventually tagged out and Dyson, who had broken toward second, eventually was tagged out going back to first.

The play was officially scored almost like a lottery ticket: 3-4-3-1-8.

"Good thing it didn't cost us the game," Dyson said. "We just learn from it and take the negative and fix it."

Arizona also had Josh Rojas thrown out trying to steal.

"Outs are precious. I don't like to give them up in any way," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "We gave them an inning's worth of outs on the base paths. That's not what we do here. We'll tighten that up."

Ahmed finished a double shy of the cycle in sending the Diamondbacks to their fifth straight win over Colorado. They're averaging 5.67 runs a game against Colorado since 2011, which marks the highest average of any team against a divisional opponent over that span.

This was a rough outing for the Rockies on "Bark at the Park" night at Coors Field, where fans brought their dogs and a pregame pup parade was held around the warning track.

Hoffman never got on track, surrendering three homers in the first. It's the second straight game the Diamondbacks have posted a three-homer inning, which is a franchise first.

"It was a rough night for Jeff," Rockies manager Bud Black explained.

Wearing teal-colored cleats, Arizona starter Zac Gallen threw four solid innings before his pitch count reached 90 and he was taken out. The right-hander allowed two runs in his second start for Arizona since being acquired from Miami on July 31.

Arizona's bullpen turned in another solid outing, with Kevin Ginkel (1-0) earning the win by throwing two scoreless frames.

Rockies catcher Dom Nuñez hit a solo shot in the eighth to become the seventh player in franchise history to homer during his major league debut. Nunez had his contracted selected from Triple-A Albuquerque before the game.

"If you would have told me this was going to happen I would have said you're crazy," said Nunez, who had the home run ball retrieved after it landed in the Arizona bullpen. "But I'm happy it did."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: Gray hurt his ankle when he slipped on the dugout steps in San Diego last week. Gray will throw a bullpen session Wednesday and could start Friday or Saturday.

FAREWELL

Veteran catcher Chris Iannetta was designated for assignment Tuesday after spending parts of eight seasons with the Rockies. He's the franchise's all-time leader among catchers in games played (620), runs scored (252), home runs (80), RBIs (293) and walks (309).

The 36-year-old was hitting .222 with six homers this season.

"What a great Rockie," Black said.

THE NEW FACE

Nuñez found out he was being called up when his Triple-A manager Glenallen Hill called a postgame team meeting in the clubhouse.

"He looked over at me and said, 'Nunez, you're going to the big leagues,'" he recounted. "The whole team erupted."

Nuñez was picked by Colorado as an infielder in the sixth round of the 2013 draft. He switched to catcher the following season.

The 24-year-old had about a dozen family and friends in attendance.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray (10-7, 3.99 ERA) makes his fifth start this season against Colorado on Wednesday. The Rockies will counter with lefty Kyle Freeland (3-10, 7.06).




-
Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team practiced in full pads to begin the second full week of fall camp on Tuesday, working out for just over two hours while splitting time inside the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joanne Gass practice fields.

Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander spoke to the media after the conclusion of the practice and started off talking about the full team scrimmage held over the weekend.

"My big takeaway from the scrimmage was kind of an overall theme for the defense," Chinander said. "When we had busts, assignment errors or communication errors, the offense was very productive. When we were all on the same page and everybody, all 11 guys were playing one defense, we were pretty salty. The offense came out with a really good tempo I thought that day and us being able to adjust to that tempo is going to be the tale of the story here. I thought the first group tackled well, the second and third groups need to get a little better. I thought we were physical when we needed to be, and we saw a lot of guys do a lot of good things, so it was great for us."

Chinander then spoke about the improvement of cornerback Cam Taylor and how he can be utilized for multiple situations.

"Cam's a really dynamic player," Chinander said. "He can take reps at corner, he can take reps at safety. He can replace JoJo (Domann) at outside backer against ‘11’ personnel teams when we need him to, so having a guy like him that knows the whole defense and every position and is physical enough to play down low and is good enough on the edge to play coverage is pretty exceptional."

Chinander went back to the scrimmage and talked about how the defense started off on the wrong foot, but was able to quickly respond.

"Like I said, it looked good," Chinander said. "That first series, the offense came out and punched us in the mouth and had some big plays. Then after that, especially the first group, they tightened it down and really played some good football. It was good and bad. Would I like to just go and shut the whole thing down every series? Absolutely, but then I've got a whole new bag of problems because then it's feeling good and trying to reel them back in. I liked how it went because we got knocked down right away and we came back and did our job, so there's a little bit of butt-chewing I can do, but we aren't quite there yet. I liked where it was at."

Chinander finished off with the leadership mentality that is starting to be implemented with the Huskers.

"I think there's vertical leadership and horizontal leadership," Chinander said. "Sometimes when the leaders go vertical down to the rest of the team or from me to them down, the others guys need to go horizontal so everybody understands the message, and I think that's starting to happen. Once the leaders and the coaches say something now, everybody is spreading the word and reeling everybody else back in, so it's been good."

The Huskers will continue fall camp with practice on Wednesday, with the first game taking place at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 31 against South Alabama at 11 a.m CT.




-
The Nebraska volleyball team is ranked second in the AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll, which was released on Tuesday.

The Huskers received one of the 64 first-place votes and totaled 1,451 points. Stanford, which received 62 first-place votes, took the No. 1 ranking with 1,598 points. The Cardinal defeated the Huskers in the NCAA Championship match last December in Minneapolis, 3-2. The two teams will meet this regular season on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. This marks the second straight year the Huskers will begin the season at No. 2. 

Minnesota (1,414), Texas (1,385) and Wisconsin (1,329) rounded out the top five. Other Big Ten teams in the top 10 included No. 6 Illinois and No. 8 Penn State. The Nittany Lions received the final first-place vote. Nebraska is scheduled to play 12 regular-season matches against teams ranked in the AVCA Preseason Poll.  

The Huskers return five starters from last year's team, including first-team All-America middle blocker Lauren Stivrins. Nebraska will be replacing significant contributors in outside hitter Mikaela Foecke and libero Kenzie Maloney, who both won two NCAA Championships and two Big Ten titles with the Huskers in their four years at NU. 

The Huskers begin the season with the Red-White Scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Tickets remain and can be purchased online here. 




-
DENVER (AP) — Somewhere around the fifth inning, Josh Rojas began to gaze around the ball park and a particular thought dawned on him.

"I realized I'm in the big leagues right now," the outfielder said after his major league debut. "This is pretty crazy."

It took him a couple innings to settle in before making a big impression. The same goes for his teammates.

Jake Lamb, Nick Ahmed and Carson Kelly homered during a four-run sixth inning as the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for an 8-6 victory over the reeling Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

Over the course of 13 pitches, Arizona went from trailing 6-3 to leading 7-6. Lamb started the comeback with a solo shot off reliever Jake McGee. Ahmed later hit a two-run homer and Kelly followed with a solo shot off Chad Bettis (1-6).

It was the Diamondbacks' 27th comeback win of the season and keeps them in the thick of the wild-card chase.

"In this ball park, no game is over — no matter what the score is, no matter what inning it is," Ahmed said.

Rojas had a pair of hits in his first big league game, including an RBI single in the seventh to make it 8-6. After his inaugural base hit in the sixth — just ahead of Ahmed's homer — the keepsake baseball was tossed into the dugout, where Eduardo Escobar playfully pretended to throw it into the crowd.

Rojas was acquired last month in the deal that sent right-hander Zack Greinke to Houston. Rojas became the 10th Arizona-born player to suit up for the Diamondbacks.

"Really nice approach. Unfazed. Good heartbeat. Not glossy-eyed. He looked very comfortable," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "To be relaxed, and do what he did today was very, very impressive."

Merrill Kelly (8-12) allowed four of his six runs in the first inning as he earned his first victory since June 12. Archie Bradley tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save.

Just don't call Bradley the closer.

"I don't want to put an extra title on him," Lovullo said. "He's going to get the ball at the back end. He's in a good spot."

The Rockies jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first after Raimel Tapia and Tony Wolters each delivered two-out, two-run singles. Kelly threw 29 pitches in the frame.

Trevor Story had two doubles and a solo homer for a Rockies squad that's gone 13-32 since June 21. It's the worst swoon by winning percentage in the National League over that time period and pretty much assured Colorado won't be making a third straight playoff appearance.

"It's tough. Knowing what our team's potential definitely makes it a little bit tougher," said Ryan McMahon, who had a solo homer in the fifth. "This is how we've been playing. It's on us. Nobody else to blame besides us."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: OF David Peralta was out of the starting lineup with a stiff neck. He grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth. ... RHP Luke Weaver (forearm tightness) will throw a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday. He had an MRI last week and "everything is progressing," Lovullo said. ... RHP Taijuan Walker (Tommy John surgery) threw out to 90 feet Monday.

Rockies: OF Yonathan Daza says he's feeling "good" after fouling a ball off his left ankle Sunday. He entered as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and flew out.

CONTROL

Rockies starter Peter Lambert was cruising along until the fourth inning when he struggled to find the strike zone. He walked the opening three batters before getting a 1-2-3 double play. Two pitches later, Ahmed brought in two runs with a double to deep center to make it 4-3.

Lambert finished with five walks, one intentional, over five innings. He gave up three runs.

"I allowed a lot of free baserunners and that's not what you're trying to do as a pitcher," Lambert lamented.

SOUR MOOD

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado said the mood in the clubhouse is one of complete frustration after a 1-5 trip added to their growing miseries. They were outscored 25-9 in two losses at Houston and then dropped three of four in San Diego.

"You don't want to get embarrassed like that or get beat up like that," Arenado said. "That team (Houston) is better than us. The Padres, they played well. ... They're getting better. It shows that we have a long ways to go."

UP NEXT

Arizona righty Zac Gallen (2-3, 2.40 ERA) makes his first career start against Colorado on Tuesday. The Rockies will throw Jon Gray (10-8, 4.06), who's gone 5-2 with a 3.88 ERA at home this season.




-
Kearney, Neb. – The Nebraska-Kearney football team began workouts for the upcoming 2019 season with its first practice of fall camp on Monday, August 12.

Around 120 Lopers took part in the helmets-only morning practice. Until schools begins on Monday, August 26, UNK will practice in the morning (9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.) most days followed by a night walkthrough (9-10 p.m.). The first full-contact practice comes on Friday, August 16, with scrimmages set for Aug. 17, (Saturday), Aug. 24 (Saturday) and Aug. 29 (Thursday). All practices and scrimmages are open to the public.

"We had good effort today," said third-year head coach Josh Lynn. "Because we're an older team, we were able to get in a lot of reps done in a short amount of time ... it's a good review for everyone. Conditioning is important this week as is working on the finer details of blocking and tackling."

Lynn saw the Lopers go 5-6 last fall, winning its season finale, 17-16, on a last minute field goal at Washburn. UNK dropped four games by a total of 21 points, including a double overtime setback to MIAA Champion Fort Hays State, 29-26. To record its first-ever winning season as an MIAA member and to send out a 24-member graduate/senior class out in style, UNK hopes to take advantage of six home games. Those battles include tilts with traditional league powers Pittsburg State (Sept. 28), Northwest Missouri State (Oct. 19) and Central Missouri (Nov. 2). 

The Loper defense was among the stingiest in the conference in 2018, ranking among the statistical leaders in most categories. UNK held four foes under 17 points, pitched its first shutout as an MIAA member and had five players named all-conference.

While both starting cornerbacks and All-MIAA defensive end Ty Spies must be replaced, most of the rest of the unit returns. That includes All-Central Region inside linebacker Sal Sivio (Kansas City), two-time All-MIAA end Hinwa Allieu (Gaithersburg, Md.), two-time All-MIAA safety Dallas Vaughn (St. Louis) and 2019 team co-captains/captain alternates Rakid Hill (St. Louis) and Jordan Ingraham (Miami).

"All the way through the middle of our defense ... we have a good solid foundation and core," said Lynn. 

UNK's option-based offense managed 28.0 points and 269.0 rushing yards per game in 2018. Nearly everyone returns including the top five backs and starting quarterback Alex McGinnis (Crete).

"This is the first time since I've been here we've had a returning starting quarterback. Being in his second year as a starter, Alex has a lot more confidence. He's a leader out there and the guys respond to him," said Lynn.

Senior Darrius Webb (Allentown, Pa.) earned All-Central Region honors last fall after running for 998 yards and 10 scores with four other backs combining for 1,225 more yards and 11 TD's. McGinnis, in his first year as the starter, completed exactly 50 percent of his passes for six TD's and 124 yards per game. He also had the second most carries (157) to the tune of 471 yards and six TD's. 

"We have a great group of backs and we're doing some different things in our offense to make sure everyone gets touches," said Lynn. "It's a nice luxury to have all these guys here at the same time and it develops competition within the group. You have to come to work every day or you're probably not going to touch the ball."


locking for this powerful ground game is a veteran group including 2017 All-MIAA left guard Josh Stoltenberg (Creighton Prep), senior right guard Kolin Kenton (Lexington) and junior right tackle Corey Hoelck (Giltner), a team co-captain.

The wide receivers will be led by senior Sedarius Young (Orlando) and sophomore Montrez Jackson (Trenton, Fla.). Young redshirted last fall with Jackson earning All-American honors in the high jump as a member of the track team. At tight end/cruiser, two-year starter Alex Harms graduated with junior Kyler Van Housen (Polk) and fourth-year sophomore Zack Blaschko (Kearney) the veterans.

Finally, on special teams, senior Kendall Raschein (Red Bluff, Calif.) is back at punter and kickoffs after earning 2018 All-MIAA honors. He could vie for starting place kicking duties with former junior college teammate Junior Gonzalez (Corning, Calif.) a newcomer to watch. Also, junior Blaine Kennedy (Albion) is back at the important long snapper position.

UNK opens the year on September 5 at Missouri Southern State with Central Oklahoma coming to town the following Thursday night.




-
Former Nebraska golfer Brandon Crick has put himself in position to potentially qualify for the 2019-20 PGA Tour, after a pair of strong finishes recently on the Korn Ferry Tour.

Crick, who earned an NCAA Regional appearance as a Husker senior in 2010, recorded two straight top-15 finishes by taking second at the Ellie Mae Classic (Aug. 4) and tying for 15th at the Portland Open (Aug. 11). With the strong play, Crick vaulted from 155th to 54th in the tour standings giving him a chance to compete in the tour finals. The top 75 golfers in the point standings advance to the finals.

If Crick finishes in the top-25 in the point standings after the next three events in the finals, he will earn a PGA Tour card for the 2019-20 season. Crick has already secured a full-time spot on the Korn Ferry Tour next season.

“I've got nothing to lose," Crick said. "I've got a place to play next year, which is awesome, and I feel like my game is at a point where I can really compete and win.”

Before the last two regular-season tournaments on the Korn Ferry Tour, Crick had missed five straight cuts.

“It was kind of a grind of a season. When I was hitting the ball well, I wasn’t chipping and putting well," Crick said. "When I was chipping and putting well, I wasn’t hitting the ball well, so it all just kind of came together.”

Crick will be in action this weekend at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at the Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio. He will continue his hunt for a PGA Tour spot in the Albertsons Boise Open at the Hillcrest Country Club in Boise Idaho (Aug. 22-25), before rounding out the three tournament stretch at the Victoria National Golf Course in Newburgh, Ind., for the Korn Ferry Tour Championship.

Two other former Huskers made appearances on the Korn Ferry Tour this season, as Scott Gutschewski placed in the top-100 in the point standings and finished with two top-10 finishes, including a tie for ninth at the Pinnacle Bank Championships at The Club at Indian Creek in Omaha.

Former Husker Brady Schnell played in three Korn Ferry Tour events and placed in the top-30 in all three events highlighted by his tie for 12th at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship.




-
Florence, Italy – Charlie Easley’s 15 points led five Huskers in double figures, as Nebraska wrapped up its tour of Italy with an 84-62 win over Italian Select Monday evening. 

Easley, a walk-on from Lincoln, came off the bench to ignite a 10-3 Husker run late in the first quarter with consecutive 3-pointers after NU trailed 15-12. His second trifecta put NU ahead for good, as the Huskers stretched the lead after a slow start. 

In addition to Easley’s 15, Dachon Burke added 12 for the Huskers while Shamiel Stevenson (11), Thorir Thorbjarnarson (11) and Kevin Cross (10) all finished in double figures. With the win, Nebraska went 4-0 on the trip over the last week. 

Nebraska led 22-21 early in the second quarter before the Huskers ran off six straight points, including four from Stevenson, to push the lead to 28-21. 

Italian Select was within 35-30 in the final minutes of the second quarter, but Nebraska closed the half with seven straight points to take a 12-point lead and opened the third quarter with nine unanswered points to build a 53-32 cushion with 7:29 left in the third quarter. 

Nebraska learned its lesson from Thursday’s game with Silute BC, finished the third quarter strong. The Huskers scored six of the final eight points of the quarter to push the lead to 66-42 after Easley’s basket in the closing seconds of the quarter. 

In the final quarter, Nebraska led by as much as 30 points with 6:08 remaining before cruising to a 22-point win. 

The Huskers will return to Lincoln on Tuesday evening and will have some time off before the fall semester on Aug. 26.




-
SAN DIEGO (AP) — It has been a while since the Colorado Rockies played a game like this one.

Yonder Alonso hit his 100th career homer during Colorado's four-run sixth inning and German Márquez pitched eight strong innings for the Rockies, who beat the San Diego Padres 8-3 Sunday to snap a five-game losing streak.

The Rockies won for just the seventh time in 26 games. They are 13-31 since June 21.

"That's how you win. You get good starting pitching and timely hitting," manager Bud Black said. "That's what happened today. Obviously, the goal is to make that happen tomorrow; good pitching and timely hitting, and we just haven't had that for the greater part of a month."

Márquez (11-5) gave up three runs and five hits, struck out nine and walked two. He also hit an RBI single in the sixth and had two sacrifice bunts.

"I thought German was outstanding," Black said. "Again, he found his breaking ball. I thought in the middle innings, about the fourth, fifth, sixth, really, really good breaking ball. They were swinging at the ball down below the zone, so that was telling me that out of the hand it was looking like a strike and it was diving down below the zone."

Márquez said his mindset was "to keep the ball down and go as far as I can."

The right-hander improved to 3-0 against San Diego this season and 7-3 on the road overall.

"He's especially tough away from Coors Field," Padres manager Andy Green said. "It's a four-pitch mix. He was comfortable today on the mound. He threw the ball well for them. We took some good swings off of him early and it took us a while to finally mount some decent at-bats later in the game."

Francisco Mejía homered in the second and rookie Josh Naylor connected in the third to give the Padres a 2-0 lead that Alonso erased in the sixth.

Alonso, the brother-in-law of Padres slugger Manny Machado, homered to right with Charlie Blackmon aboard after a leadoff single. It was Alonso's second tying two-run shot in two games, his 10th homer overall this season and third with the Rockies.

"I'm just happy that we got a win," Alonso said. "A very important win, a win that kind of just cuts off that slide. Just a great job by Márquez."

Craig Stammen (6-6) then replaced Dinelson Lamet and allowed Ryan McMahon's double and Ian Desmond's go-ahead single. Stammen got two outs before Márquez singled to center to bring in Desmond.

The Rockies added two runs in the ninth off Carl Edwards Jr., who made his Padres debut. Desmond and Tony Wolters hit consecutive RBI singles.

San Diego rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. went 0 for 4 to end his 14-game hitting streak.

Lamet allowed three hits in five-plus innings. He struck out seven and walked three.

Naylor has played well since being recalled from Triple-A on Aug. 1, a day after outfielder Franmil Reyes was traded to Cleveland in a three-team deal.

"Seeing pitching every day, you get in a groove and you see the baseball more consistently," Naylor said. "You can read depths better, instead of coming off the bench."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: OF Yonathan Daza fouled a ball off his inner left ankle in the fourth and needed a few minutes to shake it off. He struck out and then left the game. Black said X-rays were negative. Daza was replaced by Desmond, who took over in left field while Raimel Tapia moved to center.

TRANSACTION

The Padres recalled Edwards from Triple-A El Paso and optioned right-hander Gerardo Reyes to their top farm club. Edwards was acquired from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for lefty Brad Wieck on July 31.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Peter Lambert (2-3, 6.87 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday night in the opener of a three-game home series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who counter with RHP Merrill Kelly (7-12, 4.52 ERA).

Padres: LHP Joey Lucchesi (7-6, 4.19) is scheduled to start Monday night's opener of a three-game home series against the Tampa Bay Rays.




-
Acme Printing


Amateurs Bar