Rockies buried by Chacin’s walks, Lowe’s double
was burned by six walks in his five innings and a extra-base hit from the Atlanta Braves’ least likely run producer as the Colorado Rockies fell 5-3, dropping the first two of a four-game series with the Braves.
Chacin started the fourth inning by allowing a ground-rule double to Chipper Jones. After striking out Freddie Freeman and getting Jason Heyward to pop out, Chacin, who had already walked two in the game, issued back-to-back walks to Dan Uggla and Nate McLouth to load the bases in front of Derek Lowe. The Braves pitcher had already come up in one tough spot for Chacin, two on and two out in the second inning, and grounded out to shortstop. In their second matchup, Chacin got ahead 0-2 but was unable to finish him off, and Lowe hit a bases-clearing double down the left field line to put the Braves up 4-0.
Rockies hitters, though, outhit the Braves 9-7 and managed to scrape enough runs to get back into the game, scoring twice in the fifth on a Chacin groundout andsingle and adding another run on a single in the sixth. But the Rockies’ best chance came up empty.
After the the Braves had extended the lead to 5-3 with a solo home run by Dan Uggla, the Rockies got the first two runners on in the eighth with awalk and a single by , who was 3-for-4 with his fourth multihit game in five since joining the Rockies. But produced the first out of the inning with a weak grounder to second that could have been a double play had Uggla fielded the ball cleanly. Iannetta followed by looking at three pitches, all called strikes. Pinch-hitter finished the inning with another strikeout, also looking.