The Braves were happy to get out of Colorado with a split of the 4 game series with the Rockies. After taking the first game, the Braves and starter Brandon Beachy struggled in the second game. Beachy gave up a 3 run homer in the first to Tulowitzki and followed that by giving up a 2 run homer in the second to Carlos Gonzalez from which the Braves never recovered. Beachy allowed 6 runs in 4.2 innings and his “relief” was just as bad. Cory Gearrin came in for an inning and allowed 4 runs on 2 hits and 4 walks (the big blow was a bases clearing triple by Dexter Fowler). Scott (yuck) Proctor then pitched 1.1 innings and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk. The only positive from this game was Dan Uggla hitting 2 home runs (17 HR, 37 RBIs) to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
On Wednesday, the Braves got a good pitching performance from Tim Hudson but still lost, 3-2. Hudson went 7 innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, 1 BB, and 5 Ks. His only mistake was allowing a first inning 2 run homer to Todd Helton. The Braves tied the game on RBIs by David Ross (16th) and Dan Uggla (38th,extending his hit streak to 12 games). Venters pitched a clean 8th, then O’Flaherty came on in the 9th. He got 2 outs then Martin Prado made a costly error. Carlos Gonzalez hit a game winning RBI single and that was it. The Braves suffered two injuries in this game. Dan Uggla strained his upper left calf running to first and Jordan Schafer jammed his left middle finger on the second base bag while sliding head first.
On Thursday afternoon, the Braves were able to survive another mediocre pitching performance, this time from Tommy Hanson, and escaped with a 9-6 victory. Continuing a theme of Braves’ starters this series, Hanson allowed a first inning home run, this time a solo shot off the bat of Carlos Gonzalez. He then allowed 3 more runs in the second to put the Braves in a 4-0 hole. The Braves began to chip away on the lead in the third. Jason Heyward hit a laser 2 run homer(10th) and we picked up another run on an Alex Gonzalez bases loaded groundout to make it 4-3. In the 5th, Freddie Freeman hit a solo homer (15th) and Nate McClouth picked up a RBI single to make it 5-4 Braves. Hanson then allowed 2 more runs in the 6th to finish his afternoon at 6 runs on 6 innings. Brooks Conrad (starting for injured Dan Uggla) hit a homer in the 7th that started a 4 run rally for the Braves. McClouth finished 2-4 with 2 RBIs(16th) and Heyward went 2-5 with 3 RBIs(26th). Heyward also made a great diving catch in right to rob Jason Giambi of a hit and RBI. Linebrink, O’Flaherty, Venters, and Kimbrel all pitched well in relief. Kimbrel picked up his 30th save.