Colorado Rockies Hold Off Atlanta Braves, Win A Rain-Delayed Night Game
Jul 9, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop T. Tulowitzki (2) singles in the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
The Colorado Rockies welcomed the Atlanta Braves to Denver Thursday night for the first game in a four-game series before the All-Star Break.
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The Colorado Rockies mashed 16 hits, and despite two rain delays during the game, held out for a 5-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night at Coors Field in Denver.
With Braves’ starter Alex Wood removed from the game after only two pitches in the bottom of the first inning due to the rain delays, the Colorado Rockies struck early and often against long reliever Jake Brigham, getting two runs in the first inning thanks to Wilin Rosario‘s RBI double, which was followed by another RBI double from Carlos Gonzalez.
In the bottom of the second, the Rockies got two more runs, when Drew Stubbs hit a solo home run, and then Troy Tulowitzki later drove in a runner on a sacrifice fly, giving the Rockies a 4-0 lead after two full innings.
Rockies’ starter Kyle Kendrick would only throw one inning, himself, forcing the Rox to bring in David Hale — who would’ve been Friday night’s starter — to throw the second inning after one of the rain delays. Hale threw two scoreless innings, but removed himself in the fourth inning with a groin strain, and the Rockies had to go back to the bullpen to bring in Christian Friedrich.
Friedrich gave up three runs in the fifth inning due to a Jace Peterson 2-RBI double, and a sacrifice fly by Cameron Maybin, to make the game 4-3.
With the exception of Friedrich, though, the Rox bullpen shut down the Braves, though, and a Nick Hundley RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning would end up being the last run scored in the game.
All told, the Rockies bullpen — after Friedrich, that is — threw 4.2 innings allowing just three hits, no walks, and striking out nine Braves hitters.
The Rockies and Braves return to action Friday night with the second game of their four-game set at Coors Field.