Braves’ second look at Nicasio proves costly for Rockies
A rough second trip through the Atlanta Braves batting order fordoomed the Colorado Rockies, who concluded a four-game sweep by the Braves with a 6-3 loss.
Nicasio, coming off eight shutout innings in his previous start, retired the Braves in order in the first inning and pitched out of a jam in the second after a Jason Heyward double and two walks. But Nicasio, who struggled to command a secondary pitch, couldn’t escape the third inning and Braves hitters’ second look at him. Leadoff hitter Jordan Schafer started the inning with a ground-rule double. The double was followed by two singles, a Freeman home run, a double and a single before Nicasio recorded his first out of the inning by striking out David Ross. A walk to Nate McLouth ended Nicasio’s day after the first six hitters and seven of the first eight had reached base. Relieverfaced two batters to get the final two outs of the five-run inning.
Nicasio was charged with five earned runs on seven hits, walked three and struck out four in 2 1/3 innings.
Stults managed to keep the Rockies in the game, allowing just one run on a Heyward solo home run in 3 1/3 innings. But Rockies hitters were unable to do take advantage of their few chances Braves starter Tim Hudson.
A left the game with a fractured foot after sliding into third base — and a fielder’s choice on a nubber back to the pitcher by Giambi. But hit into a double play with the bases loaded to end the inning.double in the first put the Rockies on top 1-0. The Rockies scored another with a pair of one-out singles in the third — one of them by , who
Ellis again grounded out with the bases loaded, this time with two outs, in the fifth inning.
The Rockies had another shot in the eighth when three walks, a single and a wild pitch brought the Rockies to within 6-3 and loaded the bases with two outs for. But Wigginton struck out to end that threat. The Rockies left 10 runners on base in game after leaving nine on base in the third game of the series and 10 in the second game.