What Went Wrong: At the risk of becoming repetitive, I will skip this section. You already know.
Turning Point: Two up, two down for Juan Nicasio to start the 3rd inning.
Three batters later. Three-run home run Freddie Freeman. 3-0 Braves.
I've said it repeatedly in these Recraps, Rockies pitchers must become stronger finishers. That doesn't mean throwing 95-97 in the 7th-8th innings, either. That means throwing quality pitches with two strikes and/or two outs to finish off hitters and close down innings. They have to be the absolute worst at this in baseball, and it seems to cost them every single time an inning is extended.
It's how you lose close games. It's how you blow big leads. It's how you lose games before they're even started. It's losing baseball.
Make some damn pitches and let the offense do work.
Juan Nicasio's Line: 5 IP, 6 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 93 pitches (49 strikes)
Not the outing Colorado needed from Nicasio. Not enough strikes. Not enough outs. Just not enough. But I won't come down too hard on him individually. He's carried a heavy load so far and I expect much better his next time out.
Meanwhile, Adam Ottavino made his Rockies debut and tossed two completely perfect innings this afternoon. Carlos Torres then threw a perfect 9th after throwing a perfect 8th last night.
You know what was really cool about those four innings?
47 total pitches, 33 strikes.