The Rockies might have been tempted to come into today’s Labor Day Matinee with the feeling of invincibility. After a successful home stand that included a beat-down of the Dodgers and some stellar play against the Padres they very well could have thought that Kris Medlen’s 28 1/3 scoreless innings was just another hurdle for the new kids on the LoDo block.
Medlin showed exactly why he had such a streak intact, and he would have added nine more to his tally, if it wasn’t for a little league error in the seventh that allowed CarGo to score. Medlin was amazing, pitching a complete game *almost* shutout, with one unearned being the only blemish. His five hits, no walks and 12 strikeouts were more than impressive.
His pitching antithesis came from Tyler Chatwood.
Chatwood struggled from almost the first pitch and you wouldn’t know it if all you looked at was the number of hits he gave up through 2 1/3. His first hit came on a RBI single from Juan Francisco, but no hits doesn’t always mean no runs. The first hit plated the fourth run of the game for the Braves, but that’s what you get when you walk five and are backed by sloppy play. The Braves ended up scoring six runs on two hits during the game.
Chatwood left after three with six runs, five earned, five walks and two strikeouts on only three hits. It took him 74 pitches in all.
- Chatwood was hit by a line-drive in a keystone cops like play that ended with Pacheco getting two errors.
- CarGo had two hits, doubling his previous 32 at-bats on the road
- Chris Nelson celebrated his 27th birthday by hitting a double
- The Josh Rutledge fan club was out in full force, purple shirts and all, taking up a chunk of space in the upper section of Turner Field. It isn’t known why they didn’t move down with the plethora of empty seats amongst the other 24,848.