It wasn’t nerves, just a dose of excitement that had Chad Bettis out of sorts on the mound.
But after three shaky innings in his season debut, he righted himself and helped the Colorado Rockies beat the winless San Diego Padres 7-4 on Monday night.
I felt like, honestly, I had expended all that extra adrenaline and I got back to getting my legs under me and was able to stand tall on my backside, Bettis said. Earlier, I was just picking my leg up and going.
It’s always been my reset pitch mechanically, he said. If I go too fast it is not competitive.
Desmond drove in three runs as the Rockies improved to 2-2.
Wil Myers and Cory Spangenberg homered for the Padres, who dropped to 0-4. Bryan Mitchell struggled in his five-inning debut with San Diego.
Myers exited early with a triceps injury.
I have some stuff in my triceps and it felt like I couldn’t make the throw back into the infield, he said. The throws from the outfield pushed it over the edge.
Padres manager Andy Green wasn’t sure of Myers’ status. Myers Cheap Queensland Reds Jerseys moved back to the outfield from first base this season.
Both Richard and Gray were their respective team’s Opening Day starters. And both will be seeking their first wins of the season Wednesday.
At least the Padres won’t. Behind three homers and five RBI by third baseman Christian Villanueva, the Padres defeated Colorado 8-4 Tuesday night to end a four-game, season-opening losing streak. The last time the Padres had been 0-4 to start the season was 1988.
Richard pitched well enough to win his first Opening Day start at the age of 34. He held the Milwaukee Brewers to a run on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts over six innings. But Milwaukee scored a 2-1 win in 12 innings.
Clayton gave us a professional start, said Padres manager Andy Green. It was nothing less than what we’ve come to expect of Clayton. He battles. He never gives you less than everything he has. And he knows how to work a game.
In his second Opening Day start, Gray last only four innings against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix. He allowed three runs on six hits and Cheap Retro Basketball Jerseys three walks and took the loss in Arizona’s 8-2 win.