Series Recap - Braves @ Rockies
Brooks Conrad. Prado getting playing time at first and allowing Conrad to get some playing time...not totally a bad thing. A 6 for 17 series for Brooks, and 5 of his 11 hits on the season have been for extra bases. His homer today looked like it would give the team the breathing room it needed, but alas.
Boone Logan. Really? Yeah, Boone took one for the team today after Medlen had a rough go of things, and rewarded the team with 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Better yet...6 ground balls and a strikeout. I approve. He also threw a scoreless inning on Thursday. He allowed 2 runs in his first appearance against the Yankees, and hasn't allowed anything since. I'm liking the ground balls, but would ove to see more strikeouts..1 in 7 innings just won't cut it at this level.
Martin Prado. This dude again. 7 for 18 in the series with a pair of walks. He didn't get any XBH this series though, which is a little bit of a dropoff from the intense doubles pace he was on since taking over the starting job, but I'll take it. I'm still in disbelief about all of this, by the way.
Starting pitching. Old buddies Tommy Hanson had a rough go of things at the beginning and end of the series, while Derek Lowe was fantastic before the rain delay ended his night a little early (not too early for a win), and Jair Jurrjens was effective until his last inning when nothing went right for him. All in all, I'm content. You expect the kids to struggle a little bit, especially in a park like Coors Field for the first time.
Bullpen. 9 runs in 14 2/3 innings over the series, plus the inherited runners from Jurrjens that Moylan allowed to score on Saturday. 3 of those runs allowed were charged to Moylan, which speaks volumes about his work over the weekend. He also allowed 6 hits and walked one in his 2 1/3 innings of work. Manny Acosta also horribly struggled, allowed 3 runs (all today!) and 5 hits in only 2 innings. Mike Gonzalez also allowed a pair of runs, but he gets a free pass, since he was sent back to Atlanta with some elbow tendinitis. Thats really, really not something you want to see out of a pitcher who's coming off surgery. Heres hoping he'll be back to normal after the break. Oh, and as usual, Rafael Soriano is exempt from this discussion. He added 2 more saves to his resume this series, and has doubled his save total this month. In the 6 appearances (all saves), he's tallied this month, Soriano has allowed 3 hits, 2 walks, 2 runs, and struck out 9. But you know, he's not an all-star. Doesn't have THE SAVE NUMBERS. Cough.
So close to getting that big series victory and getting to .500....but yet, so far with Gonzalez out and Soriano probably offlimits after 2 straight appearances...Moylan came in for the third time in the series, and allowed his third straight run to tie the game, then Valdez came in, and that was that. Now for the recap...