This one didn't look good on paper coming in and it looked even worse after the final out.
Franklin Morales: 4.2 innings pitched, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 3 HR.
He gave up two more home runs than he got strikeouts. Whew. It may be time to page a Mr. Butler, a Mr. Eddie Butler. Or maybe it's Tyler Matzek's turn. Dan Winkler may be the smart choice long term. But if the Rockies are really going for it and Walt Weiss is right that Butler is ready, then he should make his next scheduled start in place on Franklin Morales.
Morales did his due diligence and was an improvement over Jeffchad McManship Pomgarloswalt, but his time is over if this team wants to maintain a winning pace especially with Nolan Arenado on the shelf and that much less room for error.
The Braves got another two runs when Justin Upton took Nick Masset deep in the eighth.
But really the Evan Gattis solo home run was all the Braves would really need as the Rockies bats were silent on the day. Carlos Gonzalez came a few feet shy of hitting a three-run home run in the first, which would have been nice for hist stat line but Colorado still would have lost 7-3.
Nothing about this game was good for the Rockies but nothing about it was especially bad in terms of long term effects unless the ankle issue that removed Troy Tulowitzki in the eighth is anything that lingers.
Otherwise the Rockies did well to grab one in Atlanta against a good team in a place they typically get swept. If the Rockies can continue to avoid sweeps on the road and win every home series, they will be in a good place at the end of the season.
This was just one of those games they were gonna lose (which seems to happen a lot on Sundays, which is when I cover the games ... hmmmm). Morales came in with an ERA over 9,000 and Julio Teheran was at 1.92. We were going to lose this one and we did. Would be nice to get a series win in Philly.
I leave you with this:
Atlanta has been a tough place to play
For the Rockies through the years and was today
But Franklin Morales may be on his way
To the bullpen so we can make space
For Butler or Winkler or maybe Jon Gray
But somebody else if the Rox wish to stay
In contention this season well past May.
Go get 'em in Philly.