First let me apologize for having to combine these two games. I didn’t have internet access while I was in Tuscaloosa for the A-Day game.
In the first game of the series, the Braves erupted offensively early in the game, knocking out Rockies’ pitcher Jason Hammel in the second inning by scoring seven runs. Jason Heyward and Melky Cabrera both ended up with two hits in the inning.
The Braves ended up coasting to a 9-5 victory over the Rockies. Derek Lowe struggled once again, lasting only 5.1, giving up 7 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned, on 97 pitches.
Martin Prado, Chipper Jones, Jason Heyward, and Melky Cabrera both had two hits in the game; the Braves as a team finished with 13 hits in the win. Six of the Braves runs were scored with two outs, and they were 5-11 with runners in scoring position.
After battling struggling bats for the majority of the season, it was nice to see Atlanta break lose for a nice offensive explosion like they did in the first game of the series against Colorado.
But, who would have guessed that they would fall off so much in the second game of the series, to the point of getting no hit by Ubaldo Jimenez. Jimenez struggled with his control leading to six walked batters, but the Braves couldn’t capitalize on his lack of command.
The best chance the Braves had of getting a hit was in the 7th inning when Troy Glaus looped the ball into center, but it was just one of those days and Dexter Folwer dove and made a remarkable catch to preserve Jimenez’s no hitter.
In the ninth inning, the Braves sent up Martin Prado, Chipper Jones, and Brian McCann. If they were to get a hit, this had to be their best opportunity. But, Prado popped out to second, Chipper flew out to left, and McCann was jammed into a grounder to second that officially ended the game and gave the Rockies their first no hitter in team history.
For the Braves, it was only six years ago that Randy Johnson no hit them in 2004, so the majority of the fans remember the feeling of getting no hit.
The good news for the Braves is that is just one game. As bad as it is to be no hit, Atlanta can’t afford to let this game beat them more than once. It’s best to just not think about it and move on to the rubber match of the series without even thinking of it.
After splitting the first two games of the series, the Braves are currently looking to win the series, which will take away some of the sting of the no hitter on Saturday. Jair Jurrjens is on the hill for the Braves and he is looking to rebound from his rocky start against the Padres last week.
I like the Braves chances of getting the series win, and I’m looking forward to getting further into the season so the nightmare that took place on Saturday night will get further from my mind.