August 18, 2018
Colorado Rockies vs. Atlanta Braves
SunTrust Park, Cumberland, Ga.
Colorado came into Atlanta for a four-game series playing excellent baseball. They had won four of five against the Los Angeles Dodgers and defending champion Houston Astros, and had no plans of slowing down. They took the first two games against the Braves in convincing fashion, outscoring Atlanta 16-8, and were looking to win the series going into Saturday.
Stud right-hander Mike Foltynewicz was on the mound for the Braves with Antonio Senzatela going for Colorado, and they both pitched very well. Senzatela pitched five innings and gave up just two runs and five hits, but Foltynewicz had one of his better outings of the season, going seven strong giving up just four hits and no runs to go along with nine punchouts.
The Braves would add another run off of Bryan Shaw in the bottom of the eighth and entered the ninth up 3-0 with left-handed closer A.J. Minter on the mound and an attempt to salvage the series on Sunday seemed imminent for Atlanta. After back-to-back groundouts from Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado to start the ninth, a comeback didn’t seem like it would be in the cards for the Rockies this time, but a long two-out double from Trevor Story put some life into the lineup. A single from David Dahl moved story to third and first baseman Ian Desmond laced a 3-2 pitch for a double down the left field line that scored Story and Dahl for his sixth and seventh RBI of the previous 24 hours.
The Rockies were down 3-2 with Gerardo Parra entering the game to pinch hit. Parra, who was hitting .188 against left-handers in 2018 at this point, dropped a single in front of the left fielder that scored Desmond and the ballgame was tied.
After a groundout by Chris Iannetta, and a quick ninth inning by Adam Ottavino, it was off to extras. With one out in the 10th, DJ LeMahieu smashed a ball over the center field fence to give Colorado a 4-3 lead. The Rockies would add an insurance run, and Wade Davis would lock up the bottom of the 10th to give the Rockies the 5-3 victory and would win on Sunday to sweep the four-game set in Atlanta.