Narrowly avoiding the sweep, the Colorado Rockies took the long and hard way towards the win in the final game against the Braves Wednesday afternoon. When the dust settled it took 12 innings, nine blown opportunities with runners in scoring position and 12 Rockies left on base before the catching combination of Rosario and Torrealba combined to walk-off on the Braves.
Tyler Chatwood, who was called up for the first his first game of 2012 today, pitched six innings. His line of 9H, 5R (4E), 3BB, 3K’s wasn’t good enough to keep the Rockies in it against a team filled with an excellent bullpen, and an almost perfect closer.
Colorado scored first in the bottom of the second, as Cuddyer (his 5th) and Rutledge (his 3rd) went back-to-back on Hudson. After tacking on another run in the fourth on a Chatwood RBI single, they wouldn’t see another run until the ninth inning. That was when Kimbrel came in to close with the Rockies down 5-3. Kimbrel, who up to that point hadn’t blown a save (or given up a run) since last August, that Kimbrel. But Johnny Herrera, who had an excellent day at the plate (3-4) and a horrible day in the field and on the base paths, took a 1 out, 0-2 pitch to right for a double. Then Tulo smacked a curveball into left field. EYj popped out, leaving the Rockies with their final out and the hope landed on Dexter Fowler.
Fowler’s cooled down significantly since the California swing, smacked the first pitch he saw, a 4-seam fast ball, over the head of BJ Upton, plating Herrera and Tulo in the process, handing Kimbrel his blown save and sending the game into extra innings.
Fowler would have another chance to be a hero when he came up to base with EYj standing on third after hitting a one-out triple in the 11th, but he hit a weak 0-3 pitch to first and EYj was thrown out at home after going on contact.
Betancourt and Belisle combined for three hitless extra innings to give the team a chance in the 12th. That was when the Baby Bull hit a lead-off double and Torrealba brought him home for the walk-off, the Rockies second of the season.