Wednesday night was yet another occasion when Shelby Miller looked to be in great position to snap a three-month winless streak. However, an all too familiar result occurred at Turner Field, as Miller and the Atlanta Braves gave away a three-run lead on the way to a 6-3 loss and a series defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.
Miller, who fell to 5-11 on the season, was cruising through six innings, having allowed only four hits while holding a 3-0 lead and retiring 14 consecutive batters. However, the seventh frame was not kind to the young right-hander, as he was touched up for five hits and four earned runs, including a two-run triple off the bat of Jose Reyes. That impactful swing gave the Rockies the lead that they would never relinquish, and as a result, Miller's fate was sealed with yet another defeat.
From there, the Braves went silent with the bats. While Atlanta did put together fireworks with back-to-back home runs from Jonny Gomes and Adonis Garcia to take a 3-0 lead in the sixth, the offense still fell short in totality. Both Garcia and Jace Peterson had impressive nights with three hits each, but even with ten hits as a squad, Atlanta failed to generate more than three runs to continue the team's yearlong issues in supporting Miller.
With the Rockies leading 4-3 after seven, Colorado sought insurance in the eighth, and it came in the form of a two-run home run from Brandon Barnes. Barnes finished just a triple short of the cycle on this night, but this swing was the death knell for the Braves, who never appeared to have a chance to close the three-run gap. Atlanta did put two men on the bottom of the ninth, but when John Axford retired Pedro Ciriaco, the lights turned out on another series loss.
The Braves do have a day off on Thursday before welcoming the New York Yankees to town over the weekend, but the sting of back-to-back losses to the hapless Rockies will undoubtedly bother the team on its day of rest. Stay tuned.