Coors Field Baseball lives. This time, it was the home team punished by the ridiculous park, taking a a 5-0 in the first and winding up losing in extras. I hate that place.
My personal rule is to hold nothing that happens there against the pitcher. So I don’t hold the first inning against Tim Hudson, but it was ugly. He gave up a double and two walks to load the bases, then three singles to allow five runs.
The Braves chipped away in the third, when Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer to score Chipper Jones. They then rallied to take the lead in the fifth. Chipper singled in Michael Bourn, followed by a Freeman single. After they advanced on a wild pitch, Brian McCann tied the game with a single. Later in the inning, Uggla replaced McCann on a fielder’s choice, Jason Heyward singled, and Eric Hinske doubled in Uggla. It was a bit diappointing that Heyward couldn’t score, as the Rockies got out of the inning without further damage.
They then tied it in the bottom of the inning with a homer, but Chipper followed in the sixth with a homer of his own to make it 7-6. Hudson gave up a run to tie it in the bottom of the inning and gave way to the bullpen, which did pretty well.
And then we had four straight shutout innings. Go figure. In the eleventh, Tyler Pastornicky (pinch-hitting for Chad “High Leverage” Durbin) singled, and Eric Hinske hit a homer to make it 9-7. Not safe. Craig Kimbrel gave up a walk and a single, then a run scored on a fielder’s choice. He got out of it with groundouts to get the save.