Please Hammers don’t hurt ’em. The Braves jumped on the Rockies for 9 runs in the first 3 innings, then went into mercy mode the rest of the way to take their 3rd straight game in the series, their 5th in a row overall, and the 12th of the last 14. It would be unfair to this offense to even mention such a thing as hibernation mode today.

Connor Seabold started for Colorado and the Braves could most definitely touch this, and that, and some other things, and that there over yonder. Seabold lasted 3 innings, allowing 9 hits, 9 runs, and 4 homers.

Matt Olson‘s grand slam with one out in the bottom of the first would have been enough, but what’s the fun in that? Ozzie Albies hit a solo homer in the 2nd, and Eddie Rosario and Orlando Arcia went back to back in the 3rd. Arcia had 3 hits and stole his first base of the season.

Bryce Elder went 6 innings, allowing 4 hits including a solo homer by Mike Moustakas, and struck out 4. Elder’s ERA stands at 2.60.

The bad news of the day is that Sean Murphy had to come out of the game in the 3rd inning after tweaking a hamstring. He walked off under his own power and is being evaluated.

The Rockies are literally a wounded team, with Charlie Blackmon, C.J. Cron, Brandon Rogers, and Kris Bryant on the IL, among others. But realistically, would any of those guys even be able to start for the Braves? A 45 – 26 record without Max Fried and Kyle Wright for extended periods would seem to indicate “no.”

Nothing 10 runs won’t cure.

The Braves go for the series sweep Sunday at 1:35 Eastern; Charlie Morton and Chase Anderson scheduled.

Sunday Game Thread

Charlie Morton takes on Chase Anderson. Chase was a promising young starter when he entered the league and stayed a mid-rotation starter through his age 31 season, then the wheels fell off. Oddly enough, he’s been rejuvenated in the one place that pitchers go to die: Mile High. Hopefully the Braves can pull a Mortal Kombat and finish these suckers with the spine pull.

Transaction a Day AA

Charlie Culberson doesn’t even get a sympathy inning in his stint. I’m guessing he’ll take his assignment back to Gwinnett then get recalled at some point. The Braves are playing a fairly risky game plan today as bringing up the much need catcher also means there’s no room for error in the infield as Culberson was the only backup infielder on the team. Travis D’Arnaud has played both 2B and 3B in the past so I guess that could be the plan. Kolby Allard getting back in the action sounds like a blessing for a thin rotation. I hope they’ve been working with him down at the FCL.

Braves Lineup