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Braves blowout Rockies 8-3 and win third straight game

The Braves bats cannot be stopped.

Atlanta Braves v Colorado Rockies Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

After a sizable delay in today’s game due to some snow finding its way to Coors Field, the Braves bats brought the heat.

In the first inning the Braves got on the board with a moonshot from second baseman Ozzie Albies who is uber powerful for his size. The Braves were not done there as Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis drew back to back walks in front of Kurt Suzuki who blooped a single to left center to load the bases. Preston Tucker has had a fine year to this point and continued his good work with a laser beam sacrifice fly to center field to score Freeman extending the Braves lead to 2-0. Dansby Swanson looks like his old self of late and did again in the first inning after Tucker’s sac fly as he nailed a two run triple to the right center gap that had Atlanta cruising up 4-0 early on.

The Rockies were quick to get on base in the bottom of the first via a Charlie Blackmon walk. After a D.J. LeMahieu strikeout, Nolan Arenado was able to beat out a double play attempt to extend the inning for Carlos Gonzalez who promptly ripped a triple of his own into the right center gap scoring Arenado and cutting the deficit to 4-1.

After nothing doing over the next two innings as Brandon McCarthy and German Marquez battled on the mound, the Rockies were able to cut into the lead more in the bottom of the fourth. Carlos Gonzalez and Trevor Story both nailed solo shots that cut the lead to 4-3 as things began to get a little too close for comfort for Atlanta.

The Braves would respond in the very next inning with a great display of offense with two outs. Preston Tucker got things started after consecutive fly-outs from Markakis and Suzuki with what seemed to be an innocent two out walk in front of Dansby Swanson who made Colorado pay with a double to score Tucker. Then, after an intentional walk to Ryan Flaherty it was Brandon McCarthy’s turn to represent for the pitchers who rake movement with his first career extra base hit, a double to right center field, that scored both Swanson and Flaherty to give the Braves another commanding lead of 7-3.

Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman were able to get a two man game working in sixth inning after the Rockies were unable to score in the bottom of the fifth to continue Atlanta’s momentum. Ozzie was able to show off his speed with a hustle double to center field in front of Freddie who did what he usually does with runners in scoring position and singled home Albies to take an 8-3 lead.

Brandon McCarthy pitched well in 6 innings today posting 4 strikeouts against a team that is difficult to strike out. The Braves bullpen continued their good work in the seventh, eighth and final innings stifling the Rockies high powered offense as the Braves went on to win their third straight game.

The biggest story of the day was Dansby Swanson who was fantastic and went 3-for-5 with a single, double and triple. Dansby had two chances to complete the cycle and came within 10 feet in the seventh inning as all Braves fans breathe a sigh of relief to see him back in form.

Hopefully tomorrow will be a little bit brighter for the Braves and Rockies as Atlanta looks for their fourth straight win as they continue to be one of the best stories in all of baseball early in 2018.

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