Series finale goes the Braves way

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A pitchers duel between Julio Teheran and Jon Gray saw both teams being shutout until the ninth inning. The Braves finally ended the drought with a walk-off single by Chase d’Arnaud. While the Rockies may have lost the game, they still won the series and now they get to come home to face another bad team, the Rays, before facing the Braves again for a four game set.

Neither team got really anything going against either starter. Teheran allowed only three hits and one walk while striking out five. Aside from the seventh inning, the Rockies never had more than a batter reach in an inning against Teheran. Two singles were scattered through the first six innings until the Rockies broke through for an extra base hit (double) and a walk. Unfortunately both came with two outs and they couldn’t get the clutch hit.

Jon Gray was equally fantastic going seven innings also, while allowing five hits and three walks. Jon Gray struck out eight batters over his seven innings and pitched around base runners. The Braves had two batters reach in each of the first three innings, but Gray kept them off the board and gave the Rockies plenty of opportunity to push just one run across.

The Rockies threatened in both the eighth and ninth innings, but two key double plays for the Braves ended both of those rallies quickly. Those opportunities were really all the Rockies had for offense on the day and because they didn’t push a run across, they went into the bottom of the ninth in a tied game against a desperate team.

With Gonzalez Germen on the mound, the Braves started the inning just as they needed. A single and sac bunt put Ender Inciarte on second. A wild pitch then put him at third with only one out. Germen got the next batter out without allowing the run to cross. With two outs the Rockies had a good chance to get out of the inning unscathed, but Germen allowed a walk and kept the Braves rally alive. Chase d’Arnaud then played hero with a single to left that drove in the winning run. It kept the Braves from being swept and sent the Rockies packing with the loss.

Although it was a bad loss, the Rockies can carry some momentum from winning the series home against two bad teams. These seven games will be a great chance for the Rockies to make up ground and they will need as many wins as they can get before they go on a tough road trip.

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