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Scoring only four runs at Coors Field does not always make for an easy win and that was certainly the case on Friday, however, the Rockies got stellar pitching from Jon Gray and squeezed out a win after a scary ninth inning. In the end, the Rockies conquered the Braves for the second game of the series by a score of 4-3.
This game was set to be a pitchers matchup with Julio Teheran toeing the mound for the Braves and Jon Gray taking the mound for the Rockies. The game certainly was a pitchers matchup through the first four innings, but in the fifth the Braves had one of the worst things possible happen to them. In what has been a season of low points, Julio Teheran has been one bright spot. In the fifth inning while trying to field a ground ball, Teheran tweaked something and had to be removed from the game. The injury was lat tightness and while Teheran will not miss significant time, he did have to be removed from the game and that was the opportunity the Rockies needed.
In the sixth inning with Joel De La Cruz on the mound, the Rockies finally broke through. The inning started with a walk of DJ LeMahieu and then Nolan Arenado came to the plate. Arenado had been suffering from a power drought and slight slump, but he broke out of that on Friday. He tripled earlier in the game and then in the sixth he capitalized on the walk with a home run to left center field. The homer put the Rockies up 2-1 but it wouldn’t stop there. Carlos Gonzalez would single off of Dario Alvarez and Trevor Story would make history once again. Story hit his 24th home run of the year to tie the rookie record by a short stop. It gave the Rockies the three run lead and they would need all of those runs.
In the eighth inning with Jason Motte on the mound, the Braves started to rally. The first batter of the inning reached on a single and then with Boone Logan warm and ready in the bullpen, Walt Weiss elected to leave Motte in to face the lefty. That would immediately prove a mistake as Jace Peterson hit his fifth home run of the year. The game was then set a 4-3 and Weiss then decided to make the move to the bullpen. Boone Logan had a clean inning after the home run and the Rockies maintained the one run lead.
And like any good Rockies win, the ninth inning was not without drama. Wild thing Estevez came on to close the game out and made it as close as could be. A leadoff double, walk, sac bunt, and another walk loaded the bases. Chase d’Arnaud then popped out and the eighth inning hero came to the plate. With two out and in a 1-2 count, Jace Peterson struck out on a check swing. The close call ended the game and the Rockies walked away with the win.
The Rockies will go for the series win on Saturday with Tyler Anderson on the mound. He faces Matt Wisler and this is a game the Rockies should win easily. Wisler has not been great while Anderson has been terrific. The Rockies are carrying momentum and could very well win this game in a rout.