Padres counting on Richard at home vs. Rockies

Clayton Richard had a rockie time with Colorado last season.

The Padres’ left-hander made four starts against Colorado and was 2-2 with a 6.75 ERA in four starts.

But those weren’t the key stats. The Rockies hit .384 against Richard with 38 hits in 22 2/3 innings. They also had a .421 on-base percentage and a .525 slugging percentage for a .946 OPS.

Twenty-one of those hits, however, came in 9 2/3 innings in two starts at Coors Field, where Richards gave up 15 runs (14 earned) for a 13.03 ERA.

Richard is a different beast at Petco Park. He is 30-26 at Petco with a 3.20 ERA in 74 games (72 starts).

But his opponent Wednesday night also has some solid numbers at Petco Park as well as overall against the Padres.

Colorado right-hander Jon Gray is 2-2 in five starts at Petco Park with a 3.21 ERA. In his only start in downtown San Diego last season, Gray held the Padres to a run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in six innings.

Truth is, Gray is tough on the Padres even in the rarified air of Coors Field. Last season, Gray was 2-0 overall against the Padres with 22 strikeouts in 17 innings over three starts. For his career, Gray is 4-2 against the Padres with a 2.40 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 60 innings over 10 starts. The Padres are batting only .209 against Gray.

But we’ve seen what he can do, Green said. He’s been very tough on us.

Gray has won 10 games each of the past two seasons. Last year he was 10-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 20 starts. He had 112 strikeouts in 110 1/3 innings. He missed six weeks early in the season with a stress fracture of his left foot.

Ian Desmond, Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu homered to power the Rockies.

Those guys squared those balls up and they were hit hard, manager Bud Black said. We had a good night offensively.

Bettis (1-0) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. Limited to nine major league starts last year as he was treated for cancer, the right-hander struck out four and walked four before five relievers finished up.

Wade Davis got one out for his second save.

Chad scuffled early a little bit as it just seemed his delivery was a little quick. He wanted to hurry it, Black said.

After a third-inning visit from Black, Bettis got on track. He made an in-game adjustment by slowing down and leaning on his curveball.

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