SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16: Andy Parrino #3 of the San Diego Padres scores in the fifth inning against Jordan Pacheco #22 of the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park on September 16, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Rockies Vs. Padres: Rockies Lose Series In Sunday Heartbreaker

The Colorado Rockies lost a slugfest in San Diego on Sunday, falling to the Padres, 12-11.

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Rockies Recall Charlie Culberson

The Colorado Rockies have recalled second baseman Charlie Culberson from the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox, according to the MLB.

Culberson, 23, was drafted in the first round by the San Francisco Giants in the 2007 MLB Draft out of Calhoun High School. Rated the seventh-best second base prospect before the 2012 season by MLB.com, Culberson made his MLB debut on May 13, 2012 for the Giants.

In six games for the Giants, Culberson had three hits in 23 plate appearances with one RBI and no runs scored. The Rockies acquired Culberson at the trade deadline in July, sending Marco Scutaro to the Giants in exchange for the second base prospect.

In 121 games at the Triple-A level this season, Culberson has hit .298 with 12 home runs and and 65 RBIs. Since being traded to the Rockies organization, Culberson is hitting .344 with a .832 OPS with Colorado Springs.

The Rockies have lost four of their last five games and open a four-game series against the Giants on Monday.

For more on the Colorado Rockies, be sure to check out Purple Row.

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Rockies Vs. Padres Game Recap: Colorado On Wrong End Of Wild Game In San Diego

The Colorado Rockies fell to the San Diego Padres, 12-11, in a wild affair on Sunday at Petco Park in San Diego, Calif. Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso delivered a walkoff against Rockies reliever Matt Belisle in the bottom of the ninth inning.

It was a game of runs, in more ways than one, as the Rockies allowed the Padres to score 10 unanswered runs at one point before manufacturing a stretch of six of their own.

After taking a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the third inning thanks to home runs from Alex White and Matt McBride, Colorado found itself trailing 11-5 after San Diego exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning, which followed consecutive one-run frames. Chase Headley's two-run homer off of Matt Reynolds capped off the huge inning for the Padres. Adam Ottavino's line took the brunt of the damage, as his day concluded with seven runs allowed, on six hits and a walk.

Fortunately for the Rockies, they were able to put together a huge inning of their own, scoring six runs in the eighth inning. The big blow in that inning was a grand slam off the bat of Josh Rutledge, which tied the game at 11. The Rox had a chance to take the lead in the ninth, as Chris Nelson led off with a single and Andrew Brown followed with a walk. However, Padres relievers Luke Gregerson and Joe Thatcher would strike out the next three hitters, putting an end to the threat.

That set the stage for some hometown heroics, as Alonso's game-winning line drive plated Everth Cabrera, whose one-out single in the bottom of the ninth got the rally started.

With Sunday's defeat, the Rockies have now lost four consecutive series. Their road trip continues on Monday, as they travel to San Francisco to start a four-game set against the NL West-leading Giants.

For more on the Rockies, be sure to visit Purple Row. Additional coverage on the Padres can be found at Gaslamp Ball, while Baseball Nation is the place to go for MLB news and analysis.

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Rockies Vs. Padres: Colorado Looks To Win Rubber Match Of Weekend Series On Sunday

The Colorado Rockies (58-86) took Friday night's contest 7-4 over the San Diego Padres (70-76), only to lose Saturday's game 4-3. On Sunday, the Rockies take the field looking to win the rubber match and the weekend series at Petco Park.

Alex White (2-8, 5.18 ERA) will take the mound for Jim Tracy's club. White is 0-5 with a 4.89 ERA in his last 13 starts, and 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA against San Diego this season.

Rookie left-hander Andrew Werner (2-1, 2.59 ERA) will be on the hill for the Padres. In the first four starts of his major league career, Werner has lasted at least six innings and allowed two runs or fewer in each outing. He has struck out 23 in 24.1 innings of work in his short time in the bigs.

Overall, the Rockies have lost eight of their last 10 games, while San Diego has won 19 of their past 24 contests.

For more on the Rockies go visit Purple Row and visit Gaslamp Ball for everything on the Padres. More news and analysis on baseball in general can be found over at Baseball Nation.

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Rockies Vs. Padres: Late Colorado Rally Falls Short

Trailing 4-0, the Colorado Rockies scored three runs in the seventh inning but couldn't get closer in a 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres Saturday.

Andy Parrino put San Diego in the lead in the second with an RBI double. Jesus Guzman drove in the other three San Diego runs in the third on a three-run home run.

Colorado scored its runs in the seventh when Chris Nelson doubled in a run. Charlie Blackmon followed with an RBI single and D.J. LeMahieu drove in the final run with a sacrifice fly.

Casey Kelly (2-1, 5.85 ERA) picked up the win after giving up three runs (two earned) and striking out six in six innings. Drew Pomeranz (1-9, 5.06 ERA) took the loss for Colorado.

For more on the Rockies go visit Purple Row and visit Gaslamp Ball for everything on the Padres. More news and analysis on baseball in general can be found over at Baseball Nation.

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Rockies Vs. Padres: Pomeranz Heads To Mound Looking For Series Win

The Colorado Rockies used an early barrage against the San Diego Padres in the series opener on Friday night,, staking a 5-0 lead in the first inning that they would not surrender. Colorado has two more chances to win the series against the Padres, who have been one of the better teams in all of baseball the second half of the season.

It's a matchup of young, highly touted pitching prospects as Drew Pomeranz (1-8, 4.80) takes the mound for Colorado. Much like most of the Rockies' young pitching staff, Pomeranz's inability to maintain command has limited his ability to go deep into games. In his previous start, Pomeranz pitched 4.0 innings, allowing only a single run and striking out three.

HIs counterpart on the mound will be rookie Casey Kelly (1-1, 7.07). Acquired from the Boston Red Sox in the Adrian Gonzalez trade two seasons ago, Kelly has been hit hard in his last two MLB starts. He faced Colorado on September 9, surrendering seven runs (five earned) in less than six innings. He was shelled in his last start, a dismal outing against the Arizona Diamondbacks where he allowed six runs in less than three innings.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on ROOT and 850 KOA.

For more on the Rockies go visit Purple Row and visit Gaslamp Ball for everything on the Padres. More news and analysis on baseball in general can be found over at Baseball Nation.

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Rockies Vs. Padres Final Score: Quick Start Helps Colorado Beat San Diego, 7-4

The Colorado Rockies scored five runs in a wild first inning, then held on to beat the San Diego Padres, 7-4, in the first game of the weekend series at Petco Park.

The first inning scoring was fueled by consecutive two-run doubles belted by rookies Wilin Rosario and Jordan Pacheco. Later in the game Chris Nelson and Charlie Blackmon added solo home runs for the Rockies.

Colorado starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood wasn't able to take advantage of the run support, though. After giving up a grand slam in the first inning to San Diego first baseman Yonder Alonso, Chatwood only pitched 3⅔ innings. Guillermo Moscoso (3-1) earned the win in relief while Rafael Betancourt closed out the ninth for his 29th save of the season.

The two teams continue their series on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. MT

For more on the Rockies go visit Purple Row and visit Gaslamp Ball for everything on the Padres. More news and analysis on baseball in general can be found over at Baseball Nation.

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Ramon Hernandez Injury: Rockies C To Have Surgery Monday

Rockies catcher Ramon Hernandez is scheduled for surgery Monday on his ruptured left hamstring, according to Troy Renck. Hernandez was injured running to first base Monday night. He will miss the remainder of the season.

An initial MRI on Tuesday was inconclusive, but a follow up MRI on Wednesday confirmed the injury. This brings a difficult season to an end for Hernandez, who has struggled throughout the year. The 36-year-old Hernandez has appeared in only 52 games due to tendinitis, and has hit just .217/.247/.353 on the season.

23-year-old rookie Wilin Rosario will replace Hernandez as the Rockies' primary catcher. Rosario is hitting .255/.298/.521 with 24 home runs and 62 RBI this season.

The Rockies are solidly in last place in the NL West. The Rockies play the San Diego Padres Friday night in the first game of a three game series in San Diego.

For more Rockies news, be sure to check out Purple Row.

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Rockies Vs. Padres Lineups: Colorado Sending Tyler Chatwood To The Mound

The Colorado Rockies are beginning a new series against the San Diego Padres on Friday night. After a day off, the Rockies are keeping their lineup mostly the same with the only change being D.J. LeMahieu is getting the start at shortstop over Jonathan Herrera

Tyler Chatwood is getting the start for the Rockies Friday night, and after having his best month in August, where he went 3-2 in six starts, and had an ERA of 3.42, Chatwood has pitched only eight innings int wo starts while giving up seven runs. Colorado needs Chatwood to get back to how he played in August if the Rockies are going to get a win against the Padres on Friday night.

Rockies lineup:
1. Dexter Fowler CF
2. Josh Rutledge 2B
3. Carlos Gonzalez LF
4. Wilin Rosario C
5. Jordan Pacheco 1B
6. Tyler Colvin RF
7. Chris Nelson 3B
8. D.J. LeMahieu SS
9. Tyler Chatwood P

Charger lineup:
1. Everth Cabrera SS
2. Will Venable RF
3. Chase Headley 3B
4. Yasmani Grandal C
5. Yonder Alonso 1B
6. Logan Forsythe 2B
7. Cameron Maybin CF
8. Alexi Amarista LF
9. Andrew Cashner P

For more on the Rockies go visit Purple Row and visit Gaslamp Ball for everything on the Padres. More news and analysis on baseball in general can be found over at Baseball Nation.

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Troy Tulowitzki Injury: Rockies SS Still Not Ready

Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is not yet ready to play and likely won't be activated for this weekend's series against the San Diego Padres, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Renck says he believes that Tulowitzki will play again this season, but it will likely only be for a few games.

Tulowitzki has not played since May 30 after having surgery to remove scar tissue from his groin. The polarizing star shortstop also missed significant time in 2008 due to injury and his absence has not helped in an extraordinarily disappointing year for the Rockies in 2012.

Before the injury, Tulowitzki was hitting .287 with a 1.098 OPS, with eight home runs and 27 RBIs. He's been close to returning to the field the past few weeks after a lengthy rehab that took him away from the clubhouse and the team. Tulowitzki stated back in August that he's been anxious to get back to work with his teammates:

"I want to get out on the field and play with some of the new guys, like (Josh) Rutledge," Tulowitzki said. "And you want to help the guys and show them there's a certain way to do things around here. Some things need to change if we are going to start winning again."

The Rockies take on the Padres Friday, with first pitch set for 8:05 p.m. MT.

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Rockies Vs. Padres: Colorado Hits West Coast Again

The San Diego Padres will host the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park over the weekend for a three-game set.

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