Rockies 5 (65-60), Braves 2 (73-53)
WP: De La Rosa (5-4)
LP: Lowe (11-12)
SV: Street (12)
This was an embarrassing loss. The Braves offense was Alex Gonzalez and...Alex Gonzalez. He drove in both of the team's runs, the first with a 2nd inning solo homer, the second with a 7th inning single. The top of the order that I raved about last night? They slapped me in the face. Omar Infante, Jason Heyward, and Martin Prado went 1/12 with 4 Ks and 3 GIDP. When the bottom of the lineup gets on, you absolutely cannot throw a scoring chance away, like Infante did twice. On the bright side...the team went 1/1 with RISP, and had a couple of 2 out RBI, and only stranded 2 runners. That speaks more of the offensive futility than it does about turning the corner with the bats, though.
Derek Lowe started and immediately put the team in a hole, allowing a 2 run homer in the first inning to Carlos Gonzalez. The Braves would never even tie the game. The 6th inning monstrous shot by Seth Smith just shoveled dirt on the coffin. Lowe has now allowed 16 homers on the year. He's a sinkerball pitcher, they're not supposed to allow homers. And here we are...Lowe throwing lollipops and getting hit around the park. The sick thing? He gets a quality start for this performance. FIP is 7.20 for the night = QUALITY! God help us. 2 more runs would score in the 8th, but they were unearned. Takashi Saito struck out the side, but the strike 3 pitch to Clint Barmes went off Brian McCann's glove to the backstop to let the inning continue. Dexter Fowler singled in 2, and that was that. Saito looked alright considering he hadn't pitched in a week...but good god, let the man get some work once in awhile Bobby. He's not dripping with nuclear waste.
Braves look to salvage the series tomorrow and escape Denver with at least one win. Jair Jurrjens goes for Atlanta, while the Rockies counter with Esmil Rogers. Who? He got called up from AAA (for this stint at least) on the 8th, and has allowed 8 runs in 18 innings with a 14:3 K:BB in 3 starts since his promotion. Seems like a little hard luck judging from the peripherals...he'll probably make the Braves look like a little league team. Oh bother.