Felow Talking Chop writer Scott Coleman said it best.
Former Braves trade chip Lucas Harrell, July 11-15— Scott Coleman (@scottcoleman55) July 16, 2016
Things simply did not go well for Lucas Harrell on Friday night, as the Atlanta Braves lost 11-2 to the Colorado Rockies in the teams' first game out of the All-Star break.
Harrell had been great in his first two starts with the Braves, and John Coppolella's phone had even started to ring regarding the starter.
However, his third start did not go according to plan, as Harrell was in trouble from the get-go. He lasted just 3.2 innings, surrendering seven hits and seven runs. Two of the runs were unearned, but were of his own doing, as he attempted to field a slow grounder and threw the ball wildly into right field, allowing a pair of runs to score.
To make matters worse than the poor game itself, Arodys Vizcaino came on to pitch the ninth, and lasted just three pitches. He came up lame after a pitch and instantly motioned to the dugout, clutching his right side. He had not pitched for nine days, due to a peripheral issue with his elbow.
#Braves Vizcaino just left in 9th w/ an injury of some kind, perhaps side muscle. First time pitching in 9 days. Was out w/ elbow infection— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) July 16, 2016
The Rockies jumped on the board in the first inning, with a Carlos Gonzalez RBI single. The big inning came in the third, as two of the four runs came around on Harrell's error. His day came to an end the following inning, as the Rockies extended the lead to 7-0, as D.J. Lemahieu tripled and scored on a wild pitch.
Atlanta put a dent in the scoreboard in the fifth, as Brandon Snyder drove home Ender Inciarte with a double. Snyder tried to steal an extra run on Adonis Garcia's single, but Gonzalez hosed him at the plate to retire the side.
Jeff Francoeur drove in a run the following inning to make it 7-2.
Any opportunities the Braves had of making the game close ended, as Erick Aybar and Freddie Freeman each hit into inning-ending double plays with runners on the corners in the second and the seventh, respectively.
Colorado took care of any potential ninth-inning drama with a Ryan Raburn grand slam off Dario Alvarez.
Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa gave up two runs in his six innings. His bullpen shut the door the rest of the way.
Of note, Anthony Recker registered a pinch hit single in the ninth for the Braves in first big league action with Atlanta. He is acting as the backup catcher due to Tyler Flower's injury that will sideline him for several weeks.
The two teams are back in action on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. ET, as Mike Foltynewicz attempts to follow up his seven-inning, 10-strikeout, shutout performance his last time out.