For all the direct causes for Arena Baseball, I think that fundamentally the reason for the Rockies is a series of focus groups held in the late eighties and early nineties wishing that the majors played more games where crazy things happened and videogame scores would be common.
The Rockies got a solo homer in the first, and then in weird sequence in the second picked up three runs. With runners second and third, Dexter Fowler hit the ball over Jason Heyward‘s head and it bounced most of the way to the infield, landing as a triple. Fowler then scored on a blown squeeze play that turned into a steal of home. Sheesh.
Heyward made up for his defense with a two-run homer in the third, then the Braves loaded the bases and Alex Gonzalez managed to beat out his double play attempt to let Freddie Freeman score to cut it to 4-3, though that’s all they got.
In the fifth, Freddie hit a solo shot to tie the game. Nate McLouth singled home Brooks Conrad to give the Braves he lead. That wouldn’t last. Two more runs off of Tommy Hanson in the sixth gave the Rockies the lead; Hanson wound up allowing six runs.
And got the win. Conrad homered to tie the game in the seventh, then McLouth’s line drive was misplayed into a “triple” to score AAG. McLouth then beat the tag on a throw home to score on a groundout, and Heyward doubled in an insurance run. Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel did their usual to save the win and a series split.