I have a simple rule: nothing that happens in Coors Field really counts. I mean, it counts in the standings, but if a player has a big day or a pitcher has a bad one, I blame the park. That’s just me, your views may vary.
Tim Hudson actually did pretty well — six innings, five strikeouts, one walk — but seven hits produced four runs. How many of those runs are legit and how many are the result of Coors Field are anyone’s call. He allowed a two-run homer in the fourth, making it 3-0 at the time; Hudson has hardly allowed any homers this year. But you know…
The Braves rallied back in the fifth with a homer of their own, Martin Prado driving in Jason Heyward, to make it 3-2. The Rockies pushed it back to 4-2 with a run in the sixth, then Rick Ankiel‘s first homer as a Brave make it 4-3. Alex Gonzalez tied it up in the eighth with a two-out double, scoring Prado from second, but Diory Hernandez (running for Eric Hinske) couldn’t score the go-ahead run from first.
Jonny Venters came in to pitch the eighth, and allowed a single, a stolen base, and a walk to start it. He then gave up a single up the middle to Todd Helton,
tying the game giving the Rockies the lead, though the trailing runner was thrown out at third to minimize the damage. The Braves went quietly in the ninth.