Colorado had a bad habit of doing nothing the day after an offensive outburst until the eighth inning. Mike Foltynewicz baffled the Rockies through seven innings while Atlanta took a 3-0 lead. Then in the eighth inning, his legs gave out a little bit and allowed the Rockies to tie the game at 3-3 after eight. A.J. Pierzinski looked like Baby Bull behind the plate allowing a bunch of wild pitches to aid the Rockies rally. In the ninth, the second baseman bounced the ball that Freddie Freeman could not handle to allow the winning run to score from second. The Wild Thing closed the game for the save.
Chad Bettis pitched well going 6.2 innings giving up three runs. All three runs came when Bettis threw a ball that was in the fat part of the plate and up. (2-run home run by Pierzinski, his first of the year, and a RBI knock by the opposing pitcher. The new Gopherg (Jake McGee) came into the game with two on and two outs. Sure enough, he gave up a loud fly ball, but not loud enough. Don’t you get it, WW? Boone Logan pitched the entire eighth inning to pick up the victory. The result was Colorado’s first victory of the season when trailing after seven innings after being 0-43.
Atlanta puts ace Julio Teheran on the mound today in a 11:35 am tilt in an attempt to avoid the sweep. Colorado counters with a rapidly improving Jon Gray. The Rockies need to put down Atlanta and Tampa Bay, two of the worst teams in baseball, to get the momentum rolling in the second half of the baseball season.