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loss for why they scuffle against teams with a losing record.It’s a trend they just can’t seem to shake — even when they’re rolling along. Eric Hosmer and Austin Hedges homered off Tyler Anderson and the San Diego Padres cooled off the Rockies with a 4-3 win on Tuesday night.Colorado is 23-24 against teams below .500 and 45-33 versus those at or above .500.“You’re reading too much into it Matt Holliday Jersey ,” Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta said. “This team is really good. We’ve been saying that all year. Their record isn’t indicative to the amount of talent they have.”Colorado arrived home after a 5-1 trip that included a four-game sweep of Atlanta.Still, this had potential trap game written all over it: Colorado’s streak of 46 straight contests against teams at or above .500 ended with a Padres squad that is hovering at the bottom of the NL. Over the stretch, the Rockies went 30-16 and climbed back into the thick of the NL West race.Asked before the game if he was concerned about a letdown, Rockies manager Bud Black simply responded: “No. No concern.”The Padres are 6-7 against the Rockies this season. Hedges had the big blow with a solo homer in the sixth, giving San Diego a 4-3 lead.Padres left-hander Robbie Erlin (3-3) allowed three runs over five innings. He made five scoreless relief appearances against the Rockies earlier this season.“I really like Robbie on the mound right now. He’s done a nice job,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “Thought we could’ve made a couple plays for him, probably would’ve made his day a little bit easier. Probably would’ve have kept some runs off the board for him as well. But he was efficient.”The pivotal moment was in the eighth when the first two Rockies hitters reached on singles. DJ LeMahieu bunted them over, and the Padres intentionally walked Nolan Arenado to load the bases.Craig Stammen then escaped the jam by striking out Trevor Story and getting Carlos Gonzalez to ground out to second baseman Christian Villanueva, who made a nifty sliding play.Black defended a decision that took an at-bat out of Arenado’s hands. The All-Star third baseman is hitting .309 with 30 homers and 87 RBIs.“Obviously, we took away Nolan’s at-bat … to get Trevor up there with the bases loaded and Cargo behind him,” Black said. “It didn’t work out for Trevor.”Kirby Yates pitched the ninth for his fifth save, with Chris Iannetta flying out to deep left to end the game.Anderson (6-6) had pinpoint accuracy over 6 1/3 innings — 74 of his 99 pitches were strikes — except for two misplaced cutters. Hosmer hit one for a two-run shot in the first inning and Hedges added his 10th homer of the season.The left-handed Anderson has now surrendered 26 homers, which is tied for the most in the NL.“Anytime you throw a pitch that goes up the wall, you wish you had it back,” Anderson said.Iannetta took a foul tip off his right wrist while catching in the top of the fifth, but remained in the game. In the bottom half, he launched a solo homer to tie the game at 3.TRAINER’S ROOMPadres: LHP Eric Lauer (left forearm strain) is scheduled to throw about 65 pitches Friday for Triple-A El Paso. It will be his second rehab start since going on the DL on July 31.HOLLIDAY ROADEntering Tuesday, slugger Matt Holliday was hitting .347 with three homers in 14 games for Triple-A Albuquerque. He figures to be on the Rockies’ radar with rosters expanding on Sept. 1.“I want him to come up. I want him here,” Arenado said. “He was one of my favorite players growing up. … I know he can definitely be a help.”Holliday played the first five seasons of his 14-year career with the Rockies. He hit .290 as a rookie in 2004 and helped lead Colorado to its only World Series appearance in 2007.UP NEXTPadres RHP Jacob Nix (1-1, 6.75 ERA) will make his third career start and first against the Rockies on Wednesday. Colorado has won eight straight games with RHP Jon Gray (9-7 Austin Romine Jersey , 4.76 ERA) taking the mound. Elsa/Getty ImagesNEW YORK 鈥?The uniform was always there, in the last locker by the door leading to the New York Mets dugout. It was there even when David Wright couldn't be, the "Mets" script on the front, the No. "5" on the back and the invisible "C" that never had to be added because everyone just knew that Wright was the Mets captain.It was hard to look at it the last couple of years, for anyone who remembered what Wright had been to this team and for everyone who lamented that injuries would never allow him to be that again. It was nice to see this week, when Wright finally put on that jersey again, something he would never let himself do during all the time on the disabled list.He'll play one more game for the Mets, one more game for himself and for all of us who have enjoyed watching him, whether we're Mets fans or not. He'll play Saturday night at Citi Field against the Miami Marlins, and then that will be it.At 35, his career will be done, although he'll still get paid through 2020 under terms of an eight-year, $138 million extension Wright signed after the 2012 season. It was a contract that never worked out for the team, even with insurance that will soften the blow.But it shouldn't be the way to remember a guy who never expected his fine career to end this way."As a young player ... you think you can play forever," he said earlier this week. "For me, unfortunately, my body is not allowing it to happen."He'll never ask for your pity. He'd rather remember how fortunate he was to play for the team he grew up loving. He'd rather remember how often things were good, rather than how much it hurt physically and mentally when things began not being so good anymore.We should, too. We will, too http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , because if it feels unfortunate that Wright never could recapture the high points he hit in his 20s, the truth is those high points will remain with us longer and more vividly than the injury struggles that followed.He was one of the best players ever to wear a Mets uniform, possibly the best ever to spend his entire career as a Met. He was great to watch, great to be around, great to have as a representative of his team and his game."I respect everything about him," said Todd Frazier, who has taken over as the Mets third baseman but will give way to Wright for one night.Jay Bruce came to the major leagues with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008, a 21-year-old kid from Texas who saw Wright as the very model of what a major leaguer should be. He remembers asking Wright for his phone number back then, just for a chance to chat.Wright, of course, was more than willing to talk.He still is, willing to talk, willing to help, willing to lead. And willing to play, if only his body will allow it.Asked this week if he was at peace with the end of his playing career, Wright grinned and responded: "No, of course not. I want to play."Wright was already hurting by 2015, but he made it back and hit a home run in the World Series.Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesRemember him that way, but also remember how he played at his best. Remember him as the seven-time All-Star, the guy who four times finished in the top 10 in voting for the National League's Most Valuable Player."For six or seven years Bernie Williams Jersey , he was in the conversation for being the best player in the game," Bruce said. "He was really on his way."He really was.From 2006 to '10, Wright hit 128 home runs. Only two third basemen in the major leagues (Alex Rodriguez and Aramis Ramirez) hit more. He had 522 RBI, second to A-Rod among third basemen. According to Baseball Reference, his WAR for those years was 25.2, third behind the totals of A-Rod and Adrian Beltre.If not for his performance-enhancing-drug use, Rodriguez would sail into the Hall of Fame. Beltre, who may also be playing his final games this weekend, is a likely Hall of Famer, as well.Wright was on that path through 2010, when he was still only 27 years old. He was an All-Star again in 2012 and in 2013, and while injuries limited his playing time to 38 regular-season games in 2015, he was able to return in time for the playoffs and World Series.He homered in his first at-bat in the first World Series game played at Citi Field. He had a hit in the first All-Star Game played at Citi Field, too, in 2013."He was as good as there was," said Ruben Amaro Jr., now the Mets first base coach but in those years the general manager of the rival Philadelphia Phillies. "He was the best third baseman, I thought, in the game."Amaro also called Wright "the Mets' version of Chase Utley," which may not help him with Mets fans but is the highest praise he could offer.Another comparison Mets fans may not love would be to Don Mattingly C.C. Sabathia Jersey , a New York Yankees captain who was among the game's best players in his 20s but suffered from back trouble that ultimately kept him from making it to the Hall of Fame.When the All-Star Game came to Citi Field in 2013, Wright was there with the best in the National League.Brace Hemmelgarn/Getty ImagesMattingly's final game came in the 1995 playoffs, when he was 34 years old. Wright played no major league games when he was 34, unable to make it off the disabled list after three games in the minors. He'll play one more now鈥攁t 35鈥攁fter 12 games in the minor leagues that pretty much proved to him that his body won't allow him to go on.He had seven hits in 41 at-bats in those games at St. Lucie and Las Vegas, six singles and a double. He struck out 10 times.His neck, his shoulder and his back were all still issues, just as they have been since Wright was diagnosed with spinal stenosis early in the 2015 season.He wanted a chance to play a major league game in front of his older daughter, who was born in July 2016. He wanted a chance to go out on his own terms, as players like to say.Wright would love to think he can summon up some of what once made him great, but he knows that may be asking too much. Listen to what he said when someone asked him about getting to perform in front of the Citi Field fans one more time."Hopefully perform is the right word," he said. "I hope to be able to do something that isn't going to embarrass myself. Contact is a goal right now, more than performance."A friend from Boston was talking the other day about attending Carl Yastrzemski's final game, in 1983 at Fenway Park. All these years later, he remembers Yaz charging Jim Essian's single to left field. It looked like he'd have a play at the plate, one last chance to throw a runner out the grass under his feet gave way and the ball slipped out of his hand. He remembers Yaz's last at-bat, when he popped up swinging at a 3-0 pitch over his head.My friend treasured that game, just as Mets fans will treasure Wright's final game Saturday night.It's not about how he plays now. It's not about how much the Mets had to pay him for those years when he couldn't play.It's about what Wright was at his best.As one-time teammate Jeff Francoeur said, "He was just a hell of a ballplayer." Danny Knobler covers Major League Baseball as a national columnist for Bleacher Report.Follow Danny on Twitter and talk baseball.
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