Second verse, same as the first. Well, mostly the same. The Rockies opened up a huge lead and couldn’t hold it, and the Braves eventually won. This one was a little less tight at the end.
The Rockies got six in the first two innings against Mike Minor (not his fault) before the Braves scored an “unearned” run on Old Man Jamie Moyer in the third. The Braves cut it to 6-3 in the fifth, with Chipper Jones doubling Minor homer and Brian McCann singling in Chipper. Game on.
The Rockies got two more off of Minor (not his fault) in the bottom of the fifth, and then the Braves exploded. Leading off the sixth, Matt Diaz and Jason Heyward hit back-to-back homers. Tyler Pastornicky singled to chase Moyer. Juan Francisco pinch-walked, and Michael Bourn singled to load the bases. Chipper singled to score two, cutting it to 8-7, and Freddie Freeman drove in the tying run on a groundout. Just like that.
In the seventh, a hit by Diaz and a walk by Heyward put two on to start, then they moved up ninety feet on a bad pickoff throw. Pastornicky grounded out without being able to score them. Martin Prado pinch-hit and was hit by a pitch, which won’t help those flulike symptoms any. Bourn’s baseses loaded walk gave the Braves the lead at last, and Chipper singled in two. Freddie Freeman’s sac fly finished the scoring with the Braves leading 12-8.
Chad Durbin allowed a homer in the bottom of the inning to make it 12-9, and Eric O’Flaherty and Livan Hernandez combined to let the tying man come to the plate before getting out of the eighth with a double play. Prado walked and scored on an error in the ninth, and Hernandez finished it out for the save. Cristhian Martinez, who pitched a perfect sixth, got the win.