The Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves square off for the final time in the 2019 season on Monday afternoon at Coors Field in downtown Denver.
Atlanta will make a quick stop in Denver on its way to face the Toronto Blue Jays north of the border while the Colorado Rockies will be opening a seven-game homestand that includes visits from the Braves, Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates. The game is being made up after the April 10 contest between the two teams was postponed because of an impending blizzard.
Colorado will send Tim Melville to the hill. The Rockies hope he will once again provide an emotional lift as he did in his Colorado debut on August 21 when he allowed just one run over seven innings in a road win over Arizona. Atlanta will counter with Julio Teheran, who allowed five runs on six hits in five innings pitched when he faced the Rockies in Denver on April 8.
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Bringing truth to the pregame reports, Atlanta’s Dansby Swanson was activated in time for Monday’s game and placed sixth in the lineup. Swanson went 1-for-4 with 3 RBI (including a two-run triple) in Teheran’s April 8 start. Colorado, meanwhile, will see if Raimel Tapia will be available on Monday after being kept out of Sunday’s starting lineup in St. Louis with what was described as “a hand issue.”
As the game will only be shown on YouTube (here’s an explanation on how to find it), we will be providing live updates before and during the game at the bottom of this page. We are sitting inside the Coors Field press box and will be providing information on this page to those who aren’t able to watch or listen to the game … or maybe to those who would simply like a different perspective. Please hit refresh to find the latest information.
This season, the Braves have a 3-2 advantage over the Rockies. Colorado lost both games in April at Coors Field, then took two of three from the Braves later that month at SunTrust Park.
Note: All times below are in Mountain time.
11:30 a.m. — With both team traveling to Denver yesterday and a day game today, neither team is taking batting practice.
11:46 a.m. — Colorado’s lineup is out and Raimel Tapia is not starting. Now we are waiting to see if Tapia will be available at all today with a left hand bone bruise. We have the update on that here.
12:02 p.m. — Likely a smaller crowd today since it’s a postponed game, but plenty of Braves fans already along the visiting dugout and nearby wall.
12:03 p.m. — The Rockies have announced that Tapia is hitting the injured list as well as starting pitcher German Marquez. Relievers Phillip Diehl and Joe Harvey are taking their roster spots. Here is a link to read more.
12:25 p.m. — Crazy to think about how much has changed for the Rockies since these two teams last saw each other in April in Atlanta. Now in last place in the NL West, Colorado is 18-39 since June 21. The .316 winning percentage is the lowest in the NL during that stretch. Only Detroit (13-45, .224) is worse.
12:30 p.m. — As our friends at Tomahawk Take pointed out today, Atlanta comes into today’s game as one of the best teams in not only the NL but Major League Baseball. With Atlanta at 80-52, only the Los Angeles Dodgers (86) have more wins in the NL.
12:41 p.m. — Reliever Wes Parsons is out signing some autographs right now. Pitched in 17 games for the Braves this season before DFA and being picked up by Colorado.
12:49 p.m. — Rockies wearing their white pinstripes today while Atlanta comes out in road gray.
12:50 p.m. — Dansby Swanson, back on the active roster today, gets a hand from the Atlanta faithful as he comes out to stretch.
1 p.m. — Currently 74 degrees in downtown Denver. Beautiful day for baseball.
1:02 p.m. — Dom Nunez to catch Melville again today. Duo worked together well in Triple-A and last week in Arizona.
1:04 p.m. — Chipper Jones is well represented at Coors Field today. Counting five jerseys in the sections right behind home plate.
1:09 p.m. — Rockies take the field. Acuna stepping into the on-deck circle. Here we go.
1:11 p.m. — First pitch thrown. Acuna fouls it off.
1:13 p.m. — Albies lifts an 0-1 pitch into right-center for a double and Atlanta’s first hit of the day.
1:15 p.m. — Melville with eight of his first nine pitches for strikes.
1:18 p.m. — Melville strikes out Freddie Freeman and Josh Donaldson to end the first. Rockies coming to bat.
1:24 p.m. — Trevor Story is 3-for-10 in his career against Teheran while Nolan Arenado is 4-for-20.
1:25 p.m. — Make that 4-for-11 as Story singles to short right-center. Colorado’s first hit of the day.
1:26 p.m. — And make that 4-for-21 for Arenado as he grounds into a 5-4-3 double play to end the frame.
1:31 p.m. — Swanson with a nice ovation as he steps into the press box. Braves fans seem very glad to have him back.
1:35 p.m. — Melville gets the double play to end the inning. Over his first nine innings with the Rockies (including last week with Arizona), he has allowed four hits and one run.
1:42 p.m. — For a postponed game, pretty decent and energized crowd here at Coors Field.
1:44 p.m. — Through two innings, three combined hits in a scoreless game.
1:47 p.m. — Ortega with a good piece of hitting for the Braves. Goes with the pitch and takes it past Arenado for the game’s first inning leadoff runner.
1:49 p.m. — Story with the solid defensive play to keep Ortega at second. Two outs in the frame.
1:52 p.m. — Melville doesn’t throw hard but he is still getting it past Atlanta batters. Strikes out Albies to strand Ortega at second and end the third inning.
1:59 p.m. — Atlanta’s Teheran just threw his 38th pitch, walking Blackmon. 22 strikes and 16 balls so far.
2:02 p.m. — Through three innings, Rockies and Braves deadlocked at 0-0.
2:05 p.m. — After bouncing a pitch to the plate and hitting the ump in a very bad spot, Melville may not get another call today.
2:06 p.m. — Freeman’s walk gives Atlanta its second leadoff runner in as many innings.
2:10 p.m. — Donaldson strikes out for the second time today. Part of four Ks for Melville so far.
2:14 p.m. — Very surprised Atlanta sent the runner there. Desmond had the ball by the time Freeman touched third. Still, looks like he got in under the tag by Nunez.
2:15 p.m. — Wow. Shocking that call was held up. Looked like Freeman was safe. Instead of a 1-0 lead, Atlanta loses its challenge and has two outs in the frame.
2:19 p.m. — Replay is not Atlanta’s friend in this inning.
2:21 p.m. — Melville now with a season-high five strikeouts on the day.
2:26 p.m. — Did Nolan Arenado get confused on the ground ball? Was an easy unassisted double play for Freeman.
2:29 p.m. — No score through four innings. Forget the Coors Field takes today.
2:33 p.m. — That’s four consecutive innings where the Atlanta leadoff batter has reached base safely. Cervelli doubles off the scoreboard in right.
2:42 p.m. — A 10-pitch at-bat ends with Acuna earning a walk. Two outs, runners at first and second for Atlanta.
2:46 p.m. — Acuna with his 31st stolen base of the season.
2:47 p.m. — Melville walks his second consecutive batter to load the bases. Freeman steps up to the plate.
2:50 p.m. — Melville Magic continues in downtown Denver. Freeman grounds out as Colorado’s starter works out of a jam and we stay scoreless heading into the bottom of the fifth.
3:01 p.m. — Teheran has mystified the Rockies so far, allowing just two hits and walking a pair of batters.
3:02 p.m. — Daza in the on-deck circle for the Rockies so Melville’s day is likely done.
3:04 p.m. — Melville with five scoreless innings today as he heads to the showers. Has given up one run in 12 innings in a Colorado uniform.
3:07 p.m. — Wes Parsons in for the Rockies to face his old team.
3:10 p.m. — Atlanta has had at least one runner in every inning. So have Rockies.
3:14 p.m. — Parsons keeps the shutout going with a blank inning against his former team. First inning Braves haven’t had a hit today.
3:20 p.m. — That’s just Colorado’s third hit of the day and their first since the fourth inning. Story has two of Colorado’s three hits.
3:23 p.m. — Today’s attendance? 29,803.
3:27 p.m. — Story’s 19th stolen base of the season.
3:29 p.m. — And we’re scoreless through six innings.
3:31 p.m. — Former Rockie Charlie Culberson to face former Brave Wes Parsons.
3:33 p.m. — Parsons with a pair of scoreless frames. We’re at the seventh inning stretch as Luke Jackson comes in to pitch for Atlanta.
3:38 p.m. — Heck of a play by Albies right there to get McMahon.
3:42 p.m. — No score through seven. Jackson never let the Rockies get the ball out of the infield with a solid frame. Carlos Estevez coming in for Colorado.
3:46 p.m. — Tough attempt for Arenado there, trying an over-the-shoulder grab in foul territory. Albies with another chance at the plate.
3:47 p.m. — Estevez gets Albies on a high fastball. Third straight K for Atlanta.
3:49 p.m. — Arenado charged with a two-base error. He has not looked like himself today, including that weird double play in the fourth inning.
3:52 p.m. — Arenado’s error doesn’t hurt the Rockies. Estevez works around it with two straight flyouts to center field. Chris Martin coming in for the Braves to pitch.
3:55 p.m. — With Yonder Alonso in the on-deck circle to hit for the pitcher, Colorado only has Tony Wolters left on the bench.
3:58 p.m. — Dom Nunez with the hustle double to open Colorado’s eighth.
4:02 p.m. — Alonso moves the runner over, sending part of his bat and the ball back up the middle. Nunez at third with one out and Blackmon at the plate.
4:05 p.m. — Blackmon turns on the 2-1 pitch and drives it to right for a sacrifice fly, scoring Nunez and giving Colorado a 1-0 lead.
4:07 p.m. — That is Story’s third single to right field of the day.
4:12 p.m. — Upon review, Story is still out. Heading to the bottom of the ninth with Jairo Diaz coming in to try to nail down the save. It would be the first of his Major League career.
4:16 p.m. — Dansby Swanson strikes out to open the frame.
4:18 p.m. — Colorado’s outfield defense bites the Rockies again. Ruled a triple for Cervelli with one out.
4:23 p.m. — Ortega walks and Atlanta has runners on the corners with one out. Adeiny Hechavarria on to pinch hit in a big situation.
4:24 p.m. — Hechavarria’s sacrifice fly to right ties us at 1-1.
4:27 p.m. — With Hamilton running for Cervelli, Flowers will come in to catch the bottom of the ninth. Atlanta has used all of their bench players.
4:29 p.m. — That’s twice today that Nunez has started walking toward the dugout and helped the Rockies get the benefit of a third strike. Colorado coming to bat in the bottom of the ninth. Game tied at 1-1.
4:33 p.m. — Arenado draws the leadoff walk against Swarzak. Blevins now coming in to pitch for Atlanta.
4:36 p.m. — Blevins gets Daniel Murphy and Ryan McMahon strolls to the plate, 0-for-3 on the day.
4:38 p.m. — Make that 1-for-4. McMahon drills a 1-1 pitch into the right field seats for a 3-1 Rockies win.
4:39 p.m. — That is McMahon’s second career walkoff homer. It went 387 feet.
4:40 p.m. — Thanks for joining our live coverage of today’s Rockies-Braves game. See you tomorrow at Coors Field as Boston comes to town for a two-game series.