Padres off to scary start

One week into the season and the Padres' already questionable rotation is in a state of near collapse.

And that could be an understatement.

Even staff ace Jake Peavy was rocked by the Rockies on Sunday.

After five games, the Padres' starters have allowed 25 runs on 35 hits and eight walks in 23 2/3 innings -- and the most effective of the four starters used thus far, left-hander Shawn Estes, is on the disabled list for four to six weeks with a strained flexor tendon in his pitching elbow.

The Padres starters completed their first homestand at Petco Park with a 9.51 ERA.

Dewon Brazelton, who was the smash hit of the Padres exhibition season with a 1.77 ERA in six appearances, gave up nine runs on 11 hits and two walks in just 2 1/3 innings against the Rockies on Saturday night. The following afternoon, the Rockies scored eight runs on 11 hits in four-plus innings against Peavy, whose ERA after two starts is 7.36 -- or three times his mark over the past two full seasons.

And in three straight games, the Rockies hit two homers against the Padres starter -- Young, Brazelton and Peavy.

REPLAY: Although the Rockies bombed Jake Peavy and Padres 10-4 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep (by scores of 10-4, 12-4 and 10-4), at least one part of the Padres' program at Petco Park went according to plan. Sunday was Mexican Opening Day, with the Padres offering hands across the border to their fans in Tijuana.

They also showcased two players with ties to Mexico -- first baseman Adrian Gonzalez (who grew up on both sides of the Tijuana-San Diego border) and third baseman Vinny Castilla (who is Mexico's all-time homer leader). Gonzalez went 1-for-3 to raise his early-season average to a club best .368, and Castilla went 3-for-4. Both doubled.


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