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Sure, the Colorado Rockies lost, 9-6, on Thursday afternoon to split the series, but did they experience an even costlier loss in the game? Carlos Gonzalez reinjured his right wrist during the fifth inning of the game and left the game for an MRI. He has inflamed ligaments in his right wrist, but we have yet to hear anything on how long he may be out. Another tweet by Gonzalez's Twitter account has a quote from Carlos that makes it sound like a DL stint could happen, but, again, there is no official word on what is happening.
As for the results of the game, things went in favor of the Braves in the seventh inning. Colorado held a 6-5 lead with Matt Reynolds relieving Matt Belisle. After Eric Hinske grounded into the first out of the inning, Brooks Conrad following with a homer to tie the game, and Alex Gonzalez doubled before Nate McLouth tripled him in for the go-ahead run.
Matt Lindstrom entered once Wilkin Ramirez pinch-hit for starter Tommy Hanson. Ramirez grounded into a fielder's choice, but he reached first and saw McLouth score. Ramirez moved over to second on a Martin Prado ground out and scored on a Jason Heyward double.
The Braves got to a shaky Jhoulys Chacin in the third and fifth innings. Among the five runs he was charged with, Chacin gave up a two-run homer to Heyward in the third and a Freddie Freeman homer in the fifth.
The Rockies put six runs on the board through a Gonzalez solo shot (15), a Dexter Fowler two-run triple that was followed by a steal of home plate, a Seth Smith RBI triple and a Chris Iannetta sacrifice fly. Tommy Hanson was charged with all six runs while also striking out seven Rockies.
The Rockies (47-52, 26-26 home) head south for a road series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Gonzalez was having a good game, as he started the game with a leadoff homerun in the first inning, but apparently reinjured the wrist that was bruised on the road trip before the All Star Break. Instead of going onto the Disabled List to completely heal, Gonzalez has been taking cortisone shots to relieve some pain.
While it's not certain what exactly happened (it doesn't appear that he struck the wrist with the bat), pain during the middle of a swing and with a previous injury is not a good sign for Gonzalez's health going forward. If he's injured for a lengthy period of time, the Rockies' slim chances of making a run at the playoffs become very slim.
If Gonzalez does go onto the 15 day DL, AAA outfielder Cole Garner could make his third appearance in the majors this season. Another alternative is top prospect Tim Wheeler, who is enjoying a breakout season with the AA Tulsa Drillers and was already a favorite for a September callup.
The Braves will have Tommy Hanson (10-5, 2.73 ERA) on the mound, who kept the Rockies down on July 1. Hanson pitched seven solid innings in that game and allowed just one run. He struck out six. He repeated that line five days later when he pitched on the road against the Phillies; the only difference was that he failed to pick up the win. But Hanson was knocked around in his start to the second half, allowing five runs in 5.1 innings. In one career game at Coors Field, Hanson allowed four runs in five innings.
Jhoulys Chacin did end his streak of three consecutive losses when he pitched against the Brewers to start his second half, but the results could have been better. He allowed five runs over 6.1 innings in an 8-7 loss. Two starts before that Chacin pitched in Atlanta and had similar results. Hurt by six walks, Chacin allowed four runs in five innings.
First pitch is schedule for 1:10 p.m. MT.
The Colorado Rockies were down to their final out of the game, but Carlos Gonzalez delivered exactly what he needed to: a game-winning RBI single. Dexter Fowler started things with two outs when he reached second base on a 3B Martin Prado fielding error. Eric O'Flaherty then followed with an intentional walk of Ty Wigginton in order to face Carlos Gonzalez. It did not pay off and the Rockies picked up the 3-2 victory.
In the bottom of the first inning, Todd Helton clubbed a two-run home run (11), but the next seven innings proved difficult to do much. Braves starters Tim Hudson went seven innings and struck out five, allowing just those two runs. Jonny Venters had not trouble in the bottom of the eight, though he did wind up walking Troy Tulowitzki after two outs were on the board.
As things turned out, however, Juan Nicasio matched the Braves each inning. Catcher David Ross did double in Jason Heyward in the top of the second inning, but that was the only run Nicasio allowed in seven innings on the mound. In the eighth, Rex Brothers did allow a Jordan Schafer single before recording two outs. Matt Lindstrom came in, saw Schafer steal second and then gave up an RBI single to Dan Uggla. Huston Street picked up his first win, as he went 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth.
The Colorado Rockies picked up a much needed win on Tuesday night with home runs from Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki and a strong effort from Ubaldo Jimenez (even with trade rumors still floating around). On Wednesday, they will need to build on this success.
Tim Hudson will attempt to keep the Rockies' bats quiet, which he did on July 7 for 7.1 innings. In his first start after the break, Hudson turned in seven strong innings and allowed just one run. He struck out seven. This will be his third career start in Coors Field, none of which has been good. He has a 10.20 ERA in 15 innings pitched, though two starts came in 2005 and 2006 and the last in 2010.
Juan Nicasio threw seven shutout innings on July 15 to start his second half of the season and took the 4-0 victory. It was far better than his previous start, which came against the Braves in Atlanta. He was chased out of that game by allowing five runs in 2.1 innings.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MT.
It took six tries, but the Colorado Rockies finally defeated the Atlanta Braves in 2011. The Rockies clobbered the Braves in a 12-3 victory on Tuesday night. It was strong hitting and outstanding pitching backing up one another.
Ubaldo Jimenez, (6-8, 4.00 ERA) allowed two solo home runs to Dan Uggla and that was it in his 6 2/3 innings. More signs of Jimenez being the go-to pitcher the Rockies expect out of him, he struck out nine and walked just two. Matt Reynolds allowed an RBI ground out in the eighth before Matt Lindstrom finished things off in the ninth inning.
The Rockies offense was able to spook Brandon Beachy (3-2, 3.75 ERA) early on. Troy Tulowitzki started it with a three-run home run (18) in the first inning of the game and Carlos Gonzalez continued it with a solo shot (14) in the second inning. Seth Smith doubled in two in the third inning. Beachy left in the fifth inning, having walked five and struck out three.
Cody Gearrin and Scott Proctor allowed six more runs to the Rockies, including two triples by Seth Smith and Dexter Fowler. Fowler's triple was close to being an inside-the-park grand slam but turned into a three-run triple.
After Monday night's loss to the Atlanta Braves, the Colorado Rockies are now 0-for-5 this season against them--and they still have three more games to go. Can Ubaldo Jimenez pick up his third straight win and put an end to the Braves' streak against the Rockies?
Jimenez (5-8, 4.08 ERA) pitched against the Braves on July 4 and showed good stuff on the mound. However, his undoing was using too many pitches, reaching 117 by the time he left in after 5.1 innings. He allowed three on six hits and struck out nine. Jimenez followed that up with a dominant start against the Nationals: eight innings of one-run ball and eight strikeouts. He picked up his fifth win with six solid innings against the Brewers in the first game of the second half of the season.
Brandon Beachy (3-1, 3.21 ERA) missed roughly a month with a strained oblique over May and June, but he hasn't seen a bad start since his return on June 22. In his return, Beachy struck out 11 and allowed one run in six innings. He followed that with nine more strikeouts and one run given up in six innings. After picking up the win in both of those starts, Beachy has no factored into the decision of his last two starts. He's allowed five runs and struck out 12 in 11 innings over those two starts.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MT.
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman continues to hurt the Rockies, as he drove in three during a 7-4 victory over the Rockies. Freeman landed the big blow in the three-run third inning with a two-run home run (14). He would add another RBI with a ground out in the sixth.
The Braves got on board first with two runs in the second inning. Pitcher Derek Lowe hit into what should have been the final out of the inning, but Todd Helton failed to come up with the ball. So with the bases loaded and two outs, the error put two men across home plate. Eric Hinske hit a solo home run in the third inning, and Alex Gonzalez drove in Hinske in the fifth inning for another run.
Jason Hammel (5-9, 4.36 ERA) took the hook for six of the seven runs in his five innings. He walked three and struck out one. Eric Stults gave up Freeman's second RBI. Rex Brothers struck out two in one inning of work. Rafael Betancourt struck out the side in the top of the ninth.
Derek Lowe (6-7, 4.37 ERA) did well enough by allowing four runs in 6.1 innings, as he is somewhat of a mirror version of Hammel this season. Rookie closer Craig Kimbrel picked up his 29th save this season by striking out the side to end the game.
The Colorado Rockies started off the second half of the season with two victories over the Milwaukee Brewers, but then dropped the rest of the series over the weekend. Trade rumors surround Ubaldo Jimenez and other players. The team is 45-50 with a 9 1/2-game gap to make up. They attempt to make up some of that with a four-game series against the Atlanta Braves in Coors Field.
The Rockies were not treated nicely when they visit Atlanta a couple of weeks ago, dropping all four games to the Braves. Derek Lowe will be the Braves' pitcher on Monday night when he looks to repeat his success against the Rockies. On July 5, Lowe did allow three runs in 5.1 innings, but it was three-run double that kept the Braves in the lead while the Rockies went on to score three runs over the following two innings.
Atlanta 1B Freddie Freeman will be one hitter to watch out for, as he destroyed the ball in Atlanta. He went 7-for-14 with four home runs and seven RBI in those four games. A trip to Coors could do him even better.
Jason Hammel starts his second half after a so-so conclusion to the first half of the season. His July 8 start against the Washington Nationals was a strong 6.1 innings and two runs allowed. But in two of his four starts before then he did allow six runs. What has been a strong point this season has been his longevity, reaching at least six full innings in 14 of 18 starts.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MT.