The Rockies’ miserable 2012 season hit a new low today; Kip Wells pitched seven scoreless innings for his first win in three years as the Padres beat the Rockies 2-0 at Coors Field.
Wells was making his second start since being called up San Diego. He allowed five runs — two earned — in five innings in losing the first against Houston on Tuesday. Today’s outing was the first in which he pitched at least seven innings and allowed no runs since July 18, 2007. His previous win came with the Reds in 2009.
The Rockies lost two out of three at home to the Padres and are now even with them in the win column for the season: Colorado is 30-48, while San Diego is 30-50. Only the Cubs, at 29-49, have a worse record than those two teams.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.