John Bazemore, AP
If you watched the game last night, it was very apparent why the Braves have the worst record in the MLB, but you’re still playing a major league team (kinda) and need to go out there and play a good game. That is what the Rockies did on Friday night and while they may have gotten some help from the Braves pitchers and defense, they still managed to help themselves plenty.
Jorge De La Rosa struggled slightly with his command, but still managed to have a quality outing. De La got through six+ innings while allowing only two runs on eight hits. When the Braves got people on, De La bared down and either got a timely double play or really limited the damage. This paired with the Rockies offense tacking on 11 runs, led to an 11-2 win to start off the second half.
The scoring for the Rockies started right away as did the ugly performance by the Braves pitchers. Lucas Harrell walked Arenado with two outs and then allowed him to move up on a wild pitch (the Braves would have five on the night and also a passed ball). Cargo, who had a three hit performance, would single Arenado in and the Rockies finished the inning up 1-0.
The third inning saw some more mistakes by the Braves and it led to a big inning for the Rockies. With two on and one out, Trevor Story hit a slow dribbler up the third base line. It was a ball that pitcher Harrell should’ve just held on to, but instead he fired it up the first base line and allowed both men on to score and Story to get to third. A run had already crossed in the inning from Nolan Arenado’s single and one more would cross after the costly error by a sac fly from Descalso. The Rockies would finish the inning up 5-0 and that would be plenty to win the game, but the scoring wouldn’t stop there.
Two more runs would cross in the fourth, with more errors coming from the Braves. A passed ball and wild pitch allowed a runner to move up and score respectively and the Rockies finished up 7-0.
De La Rosa did allow runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but it was not nearly enough to put the Braves in the game and De La kept them from rallying to score more. Jorge pitched to one batter in the seventh before being pulled by Walt Weiss and the bullpen took over from there. Overall, it was another solid performance by De La who has been much better since returning to the rotation. He has increased his value to teams maybe looking for a starting pitcher, but the Rockies can also hold onto him as a veteran for this staff that knows how to pitch at Coors Field.
The Rockies capped the game off with a pinch hit grand slam from Ryan Raburn in the ninth. It was Raburn’s fourth grand slam of his career and the third grand slam for the Rockies this year. The ball barely got out to right field but it counts all the same and it capped a rout of the Braves.
Chad Bettis takes the mound on Saturday and hopes to earn another win against Atlanta. The Rockies just need to do what they did on Friday and even without timely hits, the Braves may just give this game to the Rockies.