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Atlanta Braves Can’t Capitalize on Scoring Chances, Fall to Colorado Rockies

September 5th, 2012 at 8:38 AM
By Cody Fields

The night after the Atlanta Braves beat the Colorado Rockies with more runs than hits in the line score, the Braves scored exactly no runs in the 6-0 loss Tuesday at Turner Field. The Braves compounded things by making three errors in the field.

Tommy Hanson took the loss – his third straight – while giving up two runs over 5 2/3 innings. The runs he gave up both came on solo homers by Carlos Gonzalez and Jordan Pacheco.

Both homers came on two-strike counts. He threw a decent slider to Gonzalez in the fourth inning, who just put a good swing on it, and David Ross took the blame after the game.

"Tommy was nailing the back-door slider, but the scouting report in the back of my head says, 'Don't throw the back-door slider to Gonzalez,'" Ross said. "I'll take that one, because he [nailed] the pitch. It was just a bad call by me."

After striking two batters, Hanson had Pacheco down 0-2 in the fifth, but he hung a curveball that was deposited in the cheap seats.

"The 0-2 pitch needed to be buried," Hanson said. "The one to Gonzalez, not so much. He got me. He's a good hitter, and that is not one of those situations where I'm going to beat myself up over it. The 0-2 curveball to Pacheco, I wish it was in the dirt."

Hanson generally looked like his fastball command had returned. He walked two in his 5 2/3 innings and threw 61 of his 96 pitches for strikes. Hanson had not gotten through the fifth inning in his last two starts and opponents had a .426 on-base percentage against him in his last seven starts.

Hanson's final walk loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth inning, forcing Fredi Gonzalez to make the change to bring in Peter Moylan, who got Pacheco to pop up to end the inning.

"Tommy just threw the heck out of the ball," Ross said. "That was one of his best outings that I've caught all year. He just really commanded his fastball in and out. He was getting the big breaking ball over to lefties. His slider wasn't the best one that he has had, but his other pitches were really good."

The Rockies would capitalize on an error and wild pitches by Moylan and Luis Avilan in the seventh to score two unearned runs. Pacheco added another hit on an RBI single in the eighth that also produced two more Braves errors.

Atlanta, on the other hand, went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Their best chance to score came in the sixth inning when Martin Prado and Jason Heyward hit one-out singles to put runners at the corners. Ross whiffed on a full count with Heyward running, leaving Heyward in a rundown and Prado out at the plate when he tried to score on the play.

 

"You're trying to stay out of the double play [with Ross], and you have a guy at first base that can steal you a bag," Gonzalez said. "They executed it pretty good. At the time the score is 2-0. You're trying to at least scratch one out there."

The loss allowed the St. Louis Cardinals within two games of the top Wild Card spot.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies, David Ross, Jordan Pacheco, MLB, Tommy Hanson

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