Over the course of a 162 game, 6-7 month season, you have games where absolutely nothing goes right and it just isn't your night. Tonight was one of those nights. Despite the fact that the Braves #1 starter was going for them tonight and the fact that the Rockies were starting a rookie making a bit of an unheralded Major League debut, things went about the opposite as everyone figured it would, as the Rockies jumped on Julio Teheran early and often while Tyler Matzek comfortably cruised through 7 innings, leading Colorado to an easy 8-2 victory.
As well as Atlanta started last night's game, that's how badly they started this one. The first inning has normally been the inning of "adventure" for Julio Teheran this season, and that was the case tonight, as a double from Drew Stubbs and a triple from Corey Dickerson contributed to 3 runs for the Rockies in the bottom of the 1st. All of the damage was done with 2 outs as well, which made that even more disappointing.
Even more disappointing than that was the fact that the Braves offense didn't seem to wake up until it was far, far too late in the game. By then, the following happened:
- Drew Stubbs hit a sac fly in the 3rd to extend the lead to 4
- The Braves got a hit in the 5th inning. It was their first of the entire game. They wouldn't get another until the 8th.
- Troy Tulowitzki got his first RBI of the series in the bottom half of the 5th after getting caught in a rundown while Freddie Freeman and Tommy La Stella both ignored Josh Rutledge, who made it home with no problem. That made it 5-0.
- The 1-2 punch of Drew Stubbs and Corey Dickerson struck again in the 6th. Stubbs got a double, then Dickerson got a double to bring Stubbs in. 6-0.
- Tulo and Justin Morneau got RBIs in the 7th inning. These came off of David Carpenter, who had yet another rough outing. The score was now 8-0.