Ian Desmond went off on the Braves last night, driving in five runs, and Kyle Freeland tossed six innings of one run ball to lead the Rockies to an easy, not as close as the score indicated 11-5 win over Atlanta.
Atlanta jumped out early in the bottom of the first. Ronald Acuna, Jr. singled, and Ozzie Albies also singled (by bunting!), but Freddie Freeman grounded out, advancing the runners and sending Joe Simpson to his Happy Place over the productive out. Nick Markakis’ sac fly made it 1-0, but Johan Camargo couldn’t get the two out hit to score Ozzie.
Sean Newcomb did not have his A game, or even his B game, more like his C+ game, and against a team like Colorado, that lead to him getting tattoo’ed to the tune of 7 runs on nine hits and three walks in 5 and a third. Newk started off well, with a 1-2-3 top of the 1st, but loaded the bases with two outs in the 2nd, before escaping the jam by retiring Freeland. He was not as fortunate in the third, as with one out D.J. LeMahieu doubled, Nolan Arrenado singled, and a walk to Trevor Story loaded the bases for Desmond, who unloaded them with a triple, for a 3-1 lead. Newcomb held Colorado scoreless in the 4th and 5th, but the wheels came off in the 6th. Desmond led off with a single and stole second. With one out, Chris Ianetti drove him in. Freeland reached on a bunt single, and Charlie Blackmon tripled to drive in two. Chad Sobotka came on, and promptly wild pitched in a run. Chewbotka settled down and got the last two outs, but it was 7-1.
After a scoreless top of the 7th for Chewie, the Braves got one back with an Adam Duvall lead off single, followed by an RBI double from Dansby Swanson. Ryan Flaherty advanced Lt. Dans to third, but RAJa struck out and Ozzie flew out. Kolby Allard came on to relieve Sobotka, but pitched more like C3PO, as he gave up a one out single to Grizzly Adams Blackmon, balked him to second, allowed a RBI single to LeMahieu, an infield single to Story, walked Carlos Gonzalez to load the bases, and surrended a two run single to Desmond. 10-2 Rox, and the only question was who would pitch the 9th.
Why, who else but the Folk Hero Mk. 2, Charlie Culberson. Culberson allowed a run, LeMahieu driving in Blackmon, but all-in-all, he was probably the second best pitcher last night after Chewbotka. Atlanta scored three meaningless runs in the 9th to make the final 11-5.
Anyway, to That. Thing. That. Must. Be. Done. Such poor play demands I resurrect one of Mac’s favorite motivational ploys. I hate to do it, but circumstances demand…..