There was a lot of question as to who was going to come out on top, but the Rockies pulled it off. With the lead going back and forth, it was Charlie Blackmon who cemented the win in style - a walk off!
Jon Gray was not nearly as sharp as we’ve seen him be in the past. Gray gave up a single and a walk to the first two batters of the inning, and both players came around to score on a throwing error by the starting pitcher. Good thing for Gray, the Rox offense was ready to go. Colorado came back and tied it up in the bottom of the first. David Dahl scored the first run on an RBI single off the bat of the cleanup hitter, Nolan Arenado. Ryan McMahon then drove in Blackmon to earn the Rockies second run.
Each team tacked on one more run, but neither the Rox nor the Braves had more than a one run lead until the fourth inning. Colorado pulled ahead 5-3 with RBIs from Dahl and Story.
Unfortunately though, most of the Rockies’ pitchers seemed off their game. Gray left the sixth inning with two baserunners on and one out. The rest of the inning was left to Ashton Godeau, a pitcher recently called up from Triple-A Albuquerque. Godeau got his first batter, Ender Inciarte, to pop out to shortstop. However, from there the Braves strung together a few good swings and scored three runs (6-5 Atlanta).
Rockies win it
Story came through big time and tied it back up with a solo home run in the seventh. But, it was Chuck Nazty who earned himself Player of the Game honors with his sac fly to walk off the Rox!
The Simulated Season closes out Sunday at 1:15 pm MT at Coors Field. The Rockies have a chance to sweep the Braves with Kyle Freeland on the mound. Catch the last game live on YouTube. And then, real baseball!