Don’t blame it on the rain. Blame it on the Rockies. Any time there’s a two-hour rain delay that starts ten pitches into the ballgame, burning both starting pitchers, it’s a pretty good guess that the home team screwed up.
So it was a 9-inning bullpen game. The Rockies were in Hibernation Mode the full time, and the Braves offense didn’t do anything beyond a three-run fifth inning. This game was long, and boring, and bad, and thankfully it ended long after anyone decent should have been asleep, so at least most of us didn’t watch much of it.
DavidJake Brigham — who is our new Cristhian Martinez, I guess — came in after the end of the rain delay, and it was pretty clear that he was going to pitch the next few innings no matter what. He promptly gave up two runs in the first and two in the second, providing the Rockies all the margin of victory they’d need. He gave up ten hits and an intentional walk, and he was frankly lucky that he only gave up the four runs.
So it was 4-0 into the fifth, and then the Braves briefly woke up, loading the bases and then scoring three runs on a Jace Peterson double and a Cameron Maybin sac fly. Folty promptly gave a run back in the bottom of the inning but though he looked much better the inning after that, the bats went back to sleep. In a bullpen night in Coors Field, on a night when the Rockies’ first six pitchers had an ERA above 4.80, this team couldn’t score a fourth run.