Miscues lead to early Rockies deficit
The first two runs scored in the game came in the top of the first inning after an error by CJ Cron. Two unearned runs would follow the error, putting the Rockies down two before taking an at-bat. Of course, things could have been worse if not for the amazing play by the should-be Gold Glove third basemen in the National League, Ryan McMahon.
Nobody does it better than Ryan McMahon pic.twitter.com/c6lEuwcg3V— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) September 5, 2021
Cron would later atone for the error with a 453-foot home run to center field in the second inning. Cron has carried his hot August into the month of September and finished the night going 1-for-4 with the big solo home run.
NL Player of the Month still doing NL Player of the Month things yesssirrrr pic.twitter.com/iit80FUnPe— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) September 5, 2021
Charlie Blackmon stays hot
For the sixth time in his career, Charlie Blackmon has homered in three straight games. Blackmon homered in the third inning to bring home Brenden Rodgers and give the Rockies a 4-3 lead. He looks as dialed in as he ever has been at the plate and finished the game going 2-for-3, with two runs scored and two RBI with one walk and one strikeout.
Team effort on offense
The entire lineup found ways to contribute to the offensive output for the Rockies. Cron and Blackmon both homered, with Blackmon’s bringing Brendan Rodgers home after a legged-out infield single. Germán Márquez brought Ryan McMahon home on a perfectly executed safety squeeze. Raimel Tapia’s sacrifice fly scored McMahon from third to give the Rockies the lead that they would never relinquish. Garrett Hampson’s single in the sixth inning drove in Elías Díaz, who had doubled to set up the scoring opportunities in the inning.
Trevor Story would then get in on the action, notching a triple to drive home Blackmon. With Story’s triple, all nine starters directly contributed, via a run scored or RBI, to at least one run for the Rockies in a well-rounded offensive team effort.
Robert Stephenson: fireman
After Daniel Bard struggled once again in the eighth inning, loading the bases while recording one out against the four batters he faced, Robert Stephenson was called upon to put out the fire. Stephenson would throw five pitches to record a sacrifice fly and a strikeout and limit the damage to one run and keep the Rockies leading 7-5 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning.
Veteran Charlie Morton and the Braves take on Ryan Feltner and the Rockies and Feltner makes his Major League debut. Feltner began the season in Single A in Spokane, before being promoted to Double-A Hartford. He gets the call to start the Sunday afternoon affair after Austin Gomber was placed on the 60-day IL. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10pm MDT at Coors Field