So, Coors Field is becoming yet another NL West house of horrors for the Braves, isn't it? After last year's seasonal turning point (in some senses) that involved a gruesome injury to Jason Grilli, the Braves have just completely reeled in Colorado, and tonight's defeat marks eight straight losses for them in Denver.
The game actually started off very auspiciously: Freddie Freeman hit a two-out triple thanks to a really-good-play-that-instead-turned-into-a-dropped-ball by left fielder Ryan Raburn. Nick Markakis then hit a roller that Rockies' third baseman Nolan Arenado wasn't able to field cleanly on a barehand, giving the Braves a lead. Teheran then did something pretty rare: he allowed both a single and a triple in the same inning, but did not manage to allow a run, thanks to a pickoff of Charlie Blackmon at second base before the triple.
After that, Teheran and Colorado starter Jon Gray traded some zeroes through the early and middle innings. Both teams had small rallies, but were not able to convert any runners into runs. In the fifth, after fielding an infield single by Mark Reynolds, Teheran paused on the mound. Erick Aybar signaled to the dugout, Braves trainer Jeff Porter came out, Julio Teheran threw a single warm-up pitch, and then removed himself from the game. The diagnosis: a strained lat muscle, and another Atlanta pitcher hurt during a game at Coors Field. Stay tuned for more on Teheran's status as further information develops. Teheran allowed three hits and two walks, garnering three punchouts, before departing.
Joel de la Cruz came on in relief of Teheran and picked off Reynolds from first, which was handy because the next batter doubled, but de la Cruz was able to preserve the lead in that inning. However, since it's Coors Field, one-run leads are definitely not safe, and the Braves and manager Brian Snitker learned that the hard way in the sixth. The inning began with a leadoff walk (never a good sign) to DJ LeMahieu, and Nolan Arenado followed that up with a two-run homer off of de la Cruz to take the lead. Snitker then went to lefty Dario Alvarez, to face Carlos Gonzalez. Unfortunately, Gonzalez singled, and even more unfortunately, the batters behind him in the Rockies' batting order were righties. Semi-predictably, the next batter, Trevor Story, used his platoon advantage to good measure to take Alvarez out to left, giving the Rox a 4-1 lead after six. The two two-run jacks in the inning were the 24th this season for both Arenado and Story.
Jon Gray ended up working seven innings for the Rockies, allowing just that one first-inning run. As soon as he left, however, the Braves put a two-spot on the board, thanks to a leadoff single by Chase d'Arnaud and a towering blast by Jace Peterson into the second deck in right field. Motte was then promptly pulled for
Theodore Boone Logan, who retired the remaining Braves in order.
The ninth was a pretty exciting inning, especially if you recall that theoretically, one-run leads at Coors Field are not supposed to be safe. Adonis Garcia doubled to lead off the frame against rookie Rockies closer Carlos Estevez, who then had a case of discombobulated control as he proceeded to walk Ender Inciarte and Erick Aybar (Anthony Recker had a sacrifice bunt in between the walks for good measure). But, given that it's A) Coors Field, B) the 2016 Braves; and C) we can't have nice things, Estevez regained enough control to get Chase d'Arnaud to pop out on a full count, and then struck out eight inning hero Jace Peterson on four pitches to send the Braves to their third straight loss.