The Atlanta Braves (33-63, 5th NL East) came north to take on the Colorado Rockies (44-51, 3rd NL West) looking for a little better luck than they had against the Cincinnati Reds but things have not worked out that way yet.
Led by Carlos Gonzalez’s three run home run off of starter Mike Foltynewicz in the sixth inning, the Rockies got four more runs between the seventh and eight innings to seal the Braves’ fate.
“We’ve been facing some pretty good arms, but not being able to score runs was frustrating,” Gonzalez said. “When I hit that home run, I kind of looked angry. But I was pumped up, because I knew (Chad) Bettis was doing a tremendous job. Not scoring runs, I took it personally — he was doing his thing, we’ve got to be able to do our things.”
“You can’t fall behind one of the best fastball hitters in the game, and you especially can’t pitch around him at that time because the bases would be loaded,” Foltynewicz said. “You’ve just got to tip your cap. He was waiting for the inside fastball and he turned on it.”
The Braves will look to draw even tonight in game two of four but will have to face SP Jon Gray (5-4, 4.33 ERA) who tossed seven scoreless innings against 29 batters in the last meeting against them. Gray will go up against Julio Teheran (3-8, 2.79 ERA) who also pitched seven scoreless innings in his last outing.