Many things went wrong in the game even though the Rockies defeated the Braves 5-3. Crew chief Jeff Kellogg turned both teams’ pitching plans upside down. He allowed the game to start even though heavy rain was on its way to Coors Field. Starter Kyle Kendrick pitched the top of the first and Alex Wood threw only two pitches before they were removed from the game due to the 2:06 rain delay. Walt Weiss decided to take David Hale out of tomorrow’s start and had him pitch when the game restarted. To make things worse, he left the game with a strained groin after pitching only 1.2 innings. Yohan Flande had already pitched over five innings the previous night.
It was all hands on deck for the Rockies’ bullpen. Christian Friedrich, Scott Gopherg, Boone Logan, Betty, Tommy Kahnle, and John Axford (over 30 pitches previous night) finished the game. Again, Kellogg allowed the game to complete when it should have been called probably after six innings. The last four innings were played in rather heavy rain. That put everyone at serious risk of injury. Was he trying to help the Braves win the game? Atlanta only used four bullpen guys to finish the game. There should be many moves tonight to recharge the bullpen. Axford, Flande, and Hale are out for probably the rest of the series.
Colorado broke out their bats after the rain delay scoring four runs in the first two innings. It was awful teamwork when the Rox had 16 hits, many of them XBHs, and two walks yet scored only five runs over eight innings. There were numerous opportunities to blow the game open, but it never happened.
Bullpen work starting with Hale did an admirable job limiting Atlanta to a three-run fifth, all of them charged to Friedrich in his second inning of work. The best news is that there was only one walk issued in the entire game.
Colorado continues the series against Atlanta with three more games. It will be interesting to see how the pitching plans formulate. Aaron Laffley was slotted for his start tonight in AAA. Jorge De La Rosa pitched Sunday so he could be available to start tonight. Jon Gray is slotted to start Sunday in AAA, so would he be called up for Sunday’s start or will the Rox wait until after the break? I had a discussion with Purple Row on Twitter: PR – don’t want to mess up rhythm with the break coming up; me – the season is already tanked so why not have Gray start Sunday and the first game after the break? We’ll see what the brass do.
It was a bad night all around; the bullpen is all washed up and unless the starting pitchers throw complete games or go at least eight, Colorado is doomed to lose the next three games. A win last night in exchange for three losses this weekend. CarGo and Tulo showcased themselves last night so start doing some rebuilding, Mr. Bridich. Even De La Rosa is good enough to be helpful to a contender that needs pitching help.