Braves 1, Rockies 0 (boxscore)
What Went Wrong: Thursday afternoon was a replay of Wednesday night, only with the Rockies finding a more creative way to lose.
Yes, they again lost 1-0 on an unearned run, making them the first team since the Kansas City Royals on July 23 & 24 of 1987 to lose back-to-back games without allowing an earned run, and this time the error was Jhoulys Chacin completely whiffing on a simple throw back from Wilin Rosario, allowing Juan Francisco to hustle home from third.
Watch and cringe:
Offensively, Tim Hudson shut the Rockies out for seven innings, allowing six hits and two walks. Three of those six hits belong to Charlie Blackmon, who also added a fourth in the 9th. Good afternoon for him, but he had no assistance whatsoever.
Turning Point: See, watch and cringe.
Jhoulys Chacin's Line: 3 1/3 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 7 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 78 pitches (44 strikes)
Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy.
Also lucky, lucky, lucky the Braves didn't do more damage against him. But that was pretty much the theme of the series for Colorado starters. They didn't look sharp at all, but managed to limit the damage and give the offense a shot to win it. I'm just not sure if I should compliment them on that, or simply point out how inept and unproductive the Braves offense has been of late.
Maybe it's a little of both. I don't know. Just catch the damn ball and score a run.
Bullpen's Line: 4 2/3 innings of PERFECT relief with 4 strikeouts mixed in.
Pure brilliance again from Matt Reynolds, Guillermo Moscoso, Rex Brothers and Matt Belisle. Now ice those arms up and do it again tomorrow.
What's Next: I think that's enough about this one. As for the next one, well, the Rockies are heading to Philadelphia on Friday night for a 5:05 start. We'll see a pair of left-handers on the mound then with Jeff Francis (5-4, 5.73) battling against Cliff Lee (4-7, 3.52.)
Yes, you see that correctly, Francis has more wins than Lee this season despite not debuting until June and being thrown into a 75-pitch system. Baseball is just flat weird like that.