Last night, the Braves got shutout at Coors Field after a pitching duel from both starting pitchers. They lost 3-0 after taking a no-score ballgame into the eighth inning. It was just the fourth time in Coor’s Field history that a game had went scoreless into the eighth since opening in 1995.
Julio Teheran looked sharp last night, lasting seven innings and allowing only four hits while striking out six and gave up zero runs. Chad Bettis, who made his first start of the season after having surgery to help him recover from testicular cancer, pitched a gem as well, matching Teheran’s seven innings allowing no runs either. The factor in this game was the bullpens and the Rockies won that battle. It was Rex Brothers to blame, giving up all three runs (two earned) and not recording a single out. The Rockies threw Mike Dunn and Greg Holland, who pitched a scoreless inning each.
The fourth pitch of the ballgame was a line drive hit to left field off the bat of Ender Inciarte and got by a diving Gerardo Parra. That led to the ball rolling all the way to the left field wall allowing Inciarte to attempt an inside-the-park home run. Unfortunately, it came up short after a great relay by Trevor Story who threw Inciarte out at home by a step. After that, the Braves had three more extra-base hits but left all of the runners stranded. Julio Teheran never really got into a lot of trouble allowing four hits and all were singles. Chad Bettis was the opposite, almost having to get out of a jam every other inning but held his own not allowing a single run to score.
In the eighth inning, Rex Brothers took the mound allowing a lead off triple to Charlie Blackmon followed by a walk and another base-hit by Mark Reynolds. The first run he gave up was unearned after a Dansby Swanson fielding error and then Jason Motte got the call with two on and nobody out permitting both of those runners to score but both runs, charged to Brothers. Greg Holland attempted his 35th save of the year in the ninth giving up a walk and base-hit but came away cleanly notching his major league leading 35th save.
Ozzie Albies ended his six-game hitting streak, going 0-4, but has been the most consistent Braves hitter the past week and he has only played in twelve games. Dansby Swanson looks to be getting better after racking up a double and has only struck out once after being recalled which is very impressive. Now we just hope some of his hits can find either a hole or a gap. As mentioned in the article, this was only the fourth time at Coors Field that a game had gone into the eighth inning scoreless since being opened in 1995. Although this is Colorado where the altitude is high, that is still quite shocking considering this is the 22nd year that it has been played in.
The Braves will square off with the Rockies on Tuesday at the same start time as Monday’s game where lefty Sean Newcomb will face Kyle Freeland of the Rockies in an attempt to even the series at one a piece.