The Rockies blew into Atlanta Sunday night on the high of a nail-biting victory over the Padres and right into a short-sleep battle against the NL wild-card leading Atlanta Braves and a buzz-saw named Kris Medlen. It was a “welcome to September” challenge for Colorado, in their sole series against a less familiar out-of-division contender as the season approaches the home stretch. They’ll send rookie left-hander Drew Pomeranz (1-8, 5.13) to the Turner Field mound at 5:10 MDT tonight against the Braves’ struggling right-hander Tommy Hanson (12-7, 4.45). Pomeranz has made it beyond the fourth inning only once since August 1, and took the loss last Wednesday versus the Dodgers, when he gave up 5 earned runs in 4 innings on 6 hits but zero walks. He struck-out 4. Hanson hasn’t made it out of the fifth in his last two outings, both losses, surrendering 4 runs on 7 hits in 4 1/3 against the Giants on August 23 and 3 on 8 hits in 4 2/3 Wednesday versus San Diego.
MFL Tracy is rolling-out the most recent version of the first string to deal with Hanson tonight. Wilin Rosario is catching and hitting clean-up. DJ LeMahieu is at 2nd-base. Atlanta’s Fredi Gonzalez has Reed Johnson batting 2nd in left-field and David Ross starts again at catcher for Brian McCann.
It is muggy in the ATL. Temperatures at game time will be falling from around 78° but humidity will be 80% and rising. Wind will be calm, out of the south at 5 to 6 mph. Rockies radio is on KOA 850 am. ROOT has the TV.
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