Atlanta Braves vs. Colorado Rockies
This game saw another MLB debut for a Rockies pitcher this game it was Christian Bergman’s turn. He pitched a very good first inning striking out 2 of the 4 batters he faced. The only base runner was Jason Heyward who reached based on a Troy Tulowitzki error at short. Bergman pitched 3 no hit innings and the Braves started getting hits in the 4th inning the first by B.J. Upton and the Second by Freddie Freeman both scored in the inning Upton on a Evan Gattis grounder and Freeman when Chris Johnson hit a single. That would give the Braves a 2-0 lead. He pitched well in the 5th inning which he got out of throwing only 10 pitches. The Braves swinging at the 1st or 2nd pitch helped keep the pitch count low and the 5 he threw to B.J. Upton was half the pitches for the inning. Bergman pitched a complete 6 innings striking out 4, He allowed only 5 hits and 2 runs and he walked 2.
Christian Bergman warming up in the bullpen before his start.
Throwing his first pitch, a ball to Jason Heyward.
He also got his first MLB hit in his 3rd inning at bat.
In the 7th inning Corey Dickerson hit a lead off solo home run to give the Rockies their first run of the game and cut the Braves lead by 1. The Score was 2-1. The Rockies threatened slightly in the inning with 2 outs after D.J. LeMahieu walked and Brandon Barnes hit a double. Barnes came into pinch hit for the pinch hitter Ryan Wheeler in the pitchers spot after the Braves changed pitchers after Wheeler was announced. Luis Avilan Came into replace Gavin Floyd who started for the Braves.
Rex Brother pitched the 7th for the Rockies, he pitched well in the inning striking out 3 of the 4 Braves batters he faced. The only base runner he allowed was a walk to Heyward.
The Braves scored a 3rd run in the 8th with a little small ball off of Adam Ottavino. Ottavino walked Justin Upton who scored on a Chris Johnson single.
Mike McKenry hits a ball to center in the 9th inning for the second out of the 9th inning for the Rockies.
Craig Kimbrel who came in to close the game for the Braves came in a little close to Charlie Culberson during his 9th inning at bat. Culberson would eventfully walk.
Wilin Rosario could not catch up to this Kimbrel fast ball to strike out and end the game.
The Rockies would lose this one 3-1.
They are now 29-34 and it seems that the season is quickly getting away from them. They also had more bad news on Monday when Michael Cuddyer is out with a broken shoulder and Carlos Gonzalez was going to have exploratory surgery on his finger.
So that is it for this 1 and now onto the next one!
See You at Coors!
Today was the day that Eddie Butler was waiting for most of his life it was the day of his Major League debut. It was 2 years and 1 day since the day he was drafted in the first round by the Rockies in the 2012 draft.
Here he is throwing his warm ups in the bullpen before the game.
Heading to the dugout before the game with pitching coach Jim Wright and catcher Mike McKenry.
Here he is throwing his first pitch. It was a ball to the Dodgers Dee Gordon. Gordon would then hit a triple and would score when Hanley Ramirez hit a ground ball to Troy Tulowitzki at short. The Dodgers would get a the one run in the inning.
Justin Morneau diving to his left on the Gordon hit down the first base line.
Dee Gordon sliding into third for the first inning triple.
D.J. LeMahieu stretching for a ball fouled off down the first baseline. he missed it the photo is irrelevant to the game, but I liked it so put it into the post.
Yaisel Puig taking a swing during his first inning at bat.
He flew out to Charlie Blackmon in center for the 3rd. out of the inning.
Hyun-Jin Ryu was the starting pitcher for the Dodgers. Charlie Blackmon hit a single to get on base.
Charlie Blackmon dives back to first.
D.J. LeMahieu hit into a double play that got Blackmon out at second and himself at 1st. After a Troy Tulowitzki single, Justin Morneau flew out to end the inning for the Rockies.
In the second inning I decided to head over to the third base line to get a few photos of Butler since he is a right handed pitcher. On my way I took a few shot here he is pitching to Justin Turner.
Here is a photo from the third base side.
So in the second inning Andre either hit a single with 1 out and score on a Drew Butera double to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.
Here is Butler taking his first at bat which he did make contact on this swing, but grounded out to Ramirez at short for the last out of the inning.
The Rockies did have 2 base runners in the inning, Mike McKenry walked and Charlie Culberson hit a single.
The Rockies or the Dodgers did not score again till the Dodgers picked up 2 in the 5th inning, Ryu who lead off the inning with a double scored on Gordons second triple of the game and Gordon score on Ramirez single to left.
Eddie was then taken out of the game by Walt Wiess in the 6th inning after 2 more runs were scored and 2 runners on base. Tommy Kahnle came into pitch for the Rockies faced 2 batters and got them both out.
Butler gave up 6 runs, on 10 hits, walking 3 striking out Yaisel Puig twice. Swinging in the 3rd and looking in the 5th.
In the Rockies half of the 6th inning they scored 2 runs the first a solo home run by Drew Stubbs and the second McKenry scored on a Charlie Culberson triple. 6-2 Dodgers.
Culberson sliding into third base for the triple that scored McKenry.
The Dodgers went on to score a 7th run in the 9th and would end up winning by the 7-2 score. In the bottom of the 9th Troy Tulowitzki got tossed for the second time in the last 3 weeks arguing a strike call. drew Stubbs had also argued a strike call in the 8th inning but did not get tossed. It does seem that the have legitimate arguments about strike in the last few weeks when I catch a replay on T.V. they have been close borderline pitchers but were inconsistent in the way they were called during the same at bat or pervious at bats. Walt Weiss heading out after the Tulo ejection.
The Rockies celebrating their win. This was the Rockies 8th lose in a row.
Overall compared to many pitchers debuts it wasn’t all that different and he did not do any worse then the rest of our starters have in the past few weeks. But now that the debut is out of the way hopefully he will pitch better in his next starts. Good Luck to him and hopefully he will become everything the fans and the organization expect him to be.
Well that is it for this one got 2 more this weekend against the Dodgers.