Two games, two wins. Now this is how a homestand is supposed to be. After Tyler Matzek reminded his fellow pitchers how to pitch, Jhoulys Chacin came out and tried to do one better. While Chacin didn't get a chance to pitch in the eighth, his seven shutout innings were exactly what the team needed as they staked him to a 3-0 lead in the first six innings before tacking on five more after Chacin threw what was to be his last pitch of the game in the seventh.
Then the eighth and the bullpen happened, with Adam Ottavino being the owner of three earned runs before Rex Brothers was able to get the final out. The bottom of the eighth was where ejections started flying. It started when Corey Dickerson accidentally hit Braves catcher Gerald Laird during his swing. Laird was down for several minutes and had to be replaced. David Carpenter, Braves relief pitcher, then felt it necessary to bean Dickerson in the leg for his offense and Carpenter was sent to the showers. Kudos to Walt Weiss who rightfully made a spectacle over the situation to the point where he too got thrown out of the game. The Rockies offense did what they were supposed to when a pitcher is stupid enough to give a free baserunner and scored two more runs in the inning.
I also want to give praise to Nick Masset who returned the favor to the Braves in the ninth by plunking Evan Gattis in the thigh. I do not promote hitting players for staring at home run balls and I definitely do not condone hitting batters above the waist, but the Braves want to start throwing bean balls then they should be ready to take them. Nick Masset and bench coach Tom Runnells were thrown out for this offense, leaving Matt Belisle to get the final out.
Charlie Blackmon (3 with a home run and double), Justin Morneau (2 with a home run), Corey Dickerson (2 doubles), and Charlie Culberson (2 singles) all had multi-hit games. Everyone except Wilin Rosario reached base via a hit or bases on balls. This game allowed Colorado to earn a split in the series and much needed confidence as the team hits the road for six games against the Giants and Dodgers. Here is the graph and Rowcall:
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