Gonzalez re-injures wrist in loss to Braves; Chacin and Reynolds struggle
The Colorado Rockies blew leads of 4-0 and 6-5 and lost 9-6 to the Atlanta Braves to complete a disappointing 4-4 homestand. This loss featured a poor start by, costly fielding miscues by right fielder and third baseman that didn’t show up as errors, an unsuccessful relief effort by and an abysmal one by .
hit a leadoff homer to give the Rockies a quick 1-0 lead. But he left the game in the fifth after he fouled off a 1-1 pitch from Tommy Hanson. Gonzalez was holding his right wrist after the swing and doubled over in pain and was taken to a Denver hospital for an MRI on the wrist. The Rockies official tweet said the MRI showed Gonzalez had a strained right wrist. He suffered a deep bone bruise in the wrist July 3 when he banged into the Coors Field wall making a catch and had an MRI on the wrist a day later.
Chacin issued a career-high seven walks in 4 2/3 innings, his shortest start of the season.tripled home two runs in the second and stole home when Chacin missed a suicide squeeze attempt but catcher Brian McCann was unable to hold the ball, and Fowler scored to make it 4-0.
Chacin walked Martin Prado to open the third and Jason Heyward followed with a homer. A one-out single and back-to-back walks loaded the bases, and the Braves scored when shortstopwasn’t able to get Alex Gonzalez’s grounder out of his glove cleanly, preventing the Rockies from turning an inning-ending double play.
Freddie Freeman tied the game at 4 with a homer in fifth and after two more walks and a fielder’s choice, Chacin left the game with runners on first and second. Nate McLouth singled off Belisle to give the Braves a 5-4 lead, but the Rockies scored twice in the sixth on Tulowitzki’s single, a triple by Smith and‘s sacrifice fly to go ahead 6-5.
On came Reynolds. He retired the first batter he faced but gave up a homer to Brooks Conrad followed by Alex Gonzalez’s double. McLouth ended up with a triple when right fielder Smith made an unsuccessful sliding attempt and the ball got past him, putting the Braves ahead 7-6.
relieved Reynolds and got pinch-hitter Wilkin Ramirez grounded a ball to Stewart, but his throw home was high, enabling McLouth to score the Braves eighth run. Ramirez took second on a ground out and scored on Heyward’s double.
_ After initially injuring his right wrist July 3, Gonzalez was in the lineup just once in the next nine games. He started the past six games and went 6-for-24 but that includes going 1-for-10 in the first two games. At the time he left Thursday’s game, Gonzalez was five for his past 14 with two homers, five RBI and six runs scored.
_ Chacin has gone six straight starts without a win since his last victory June 15. In that span, he’s 0-3, 5.71 with 24 walks and 29 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings. He issued a career-high seven walks while throwing 113 pitches in 4 2/3 innings, his shortest start since he lasted four innings Sept. 12 against Arizona. Chacin has had three five-inning starts this year and had pitched five innings in each of his past 22 starts dating from Sept. 18 at Los Angeles. Chacin had walked six four times, including in three of his previous 19 starts this year. He has yielded 18 home runs in 127 2/3 innings.
_ Reynolds allowed one home run in 23 2/3 innings in his first 35 games. In his past 12 games, Reynolds has given up four homers in 10 2/3 innings.
_ The triples by Smith and Fowler were their seventh, keeping them tied for the team lead and in Smith’s case extending his career-high.
- Fowler’s steal of home was the first of his career and the 16th in franchise history. The last was by on Sept. 9 against the Reds. Fowler struck out on each of his final three at-bats, his first three-strikeout game since returning from Triple-A Colorado Springs July 15 and fourth of the season.
_ Rockies relievers were charged with four blown saves in the eight-game homestand _ one each by Reynolds and Lindstrom in an 8-7 loss to the Brewers on Saturday, one by Lindstrom in Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Braves and Reynolds’ in this 9-6 loss.