The beginning of Lucas Sims’s career could have definitely gotten off to a better start. After three starts, Sims posted an 0-3 record with an ERA approaching six. And perhaps the most intriguing part about those numbers, Sims has been able to consistently avoid walking batters. Control issues were Sims’s MO when he struggled in the minor leagues, but that has not been the case so far in the bigs, where hitters have shelled him early on.
Unfortunately, things did not get much easier for the rookie is his fourth start, as he was slated to face the Rockies in the launching pad that is Coors Field. But under the difficult circumstances, Sims came through with his best outing of the season.
Like he has in several of his starts, Sims found trouble early, when the Rockies collected a walk and two hits to score two runs. However, this time he was able to keep his composure. Trouble was brewing again in the third inning, but Sims closed the door by striking out Trevor Story, one of Sims’ two strikeouts in the game.
In the fifth inning, the Atlanta bats were finally able to give him some support. Ender Inciarte launched his second home-run of the game followed by another home-run off the bat of Freddie Freeman. The two homers gave the Braves a 4-2 lead and they would never look back.
Sims pitched a quiet fifth and was pulled with a win in tact, leaving it up to the Braves bullpen to get the rookie his first major league victory. But the Braves bats certainly made it much easier. In the seventh inning, Atlanta exploded for six runs, with key hits coming from the Braves young stars Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson.
The Atlanta bullpen allowed two runs over four innings, but that was plenty enough to get the job done in this one. The Braves leave Colorado with a 10-4 victory and a series split. The rookie Lucas Sims received his first win of many as he continues to make a case for a starting rotation spot next season.