Profar homers, Clevinger deals in Padres’ 4-1 win vs Rockies

by | Aug 2, 2022 | Sports

SAN DIEGO — Mike Clevinger is starting to pitch like the guy who excited the Padres’ brass enough to trade for him during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.Clevinger tossed seven impressive innings and Jurickson Profar homered for the third straight game to help San Diego beat the Colorado Rockies 4-1 on Monday night in the opener of a five-game series. Trent Grisham also connected for the Padres, who won for just the fourth time in 12 games against the pesky Rockies this season.The Padres acquired Clevinger from Cleveland late in the 2020 season, hoping he’d help them make a deep playoff run. Instead, he injured his elbow during his final regular-season start, missed the first-round series against St. Louis and was forced out of the Division Series opener against the Dodgers in the second inning. He had Tommy John surgery and missed all of 2021.Back healthy now, Clevinger (3-3) won for the first time in five starts, holding the Rockies to one run and five hits while striking out six and walking none. Two of those hits came in the sixth, when José Iglesias hit a leadoff double, advanced on C.J. Cron’s single and scored on Brendan Rodgers’ sacrifice fly.“They got him here for a reason. He had to go through a tough time …

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