The Atlanta Braves managed to defeat the Colorado Rockies 1-0 on Wednesday due to an unearned run. That unlikely scenario unfolded again on Thursday afternoon when the Braves claimed another 1-0 victory over the Rockies in an unusual fashion.
Juan Francisco raced home to score the game's lone run when pitcher Jhoulys Chacin missed the throw back from catcher Wilin Rosario.
"The whole series we've got some great pitching and great performances out of the bullpen and we scored a run today on a heads-up play by Juan," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He bunts to get on which is heads up, and the guy just plain old missed. At first, I was talking to Huddy and I hear the commotion and I ask Huddy, 'How did he score?' And he said he threw it over his head. I looked at the replay and he just plain old missed it. It wasn't even over his head. Thank goodness that Juany was heads up and able to score that run."
Tim Hudson pitched a great game for the Braves. He gave up only six hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out two batters.
"(After the first) I was able to settle down and make some pitches whenever they had some guys in scoring position," Hudson said. "We got a little bit lucky right there how we did score, but we'll take them any way we can get them."
The Braves went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and they managed to go just 3-for-35 in the series in that situation. They left the bases loaded twice in the game, once with no one out.
"This game is about picking each other up, starting pitching, offense, that's what this game is all about," Dan Uggla said. "We're not always going to be clicking on all cylinders. That's why it's so good to be balanced with starting pitching, offense and defense and having a good bullpen because we're going to have games like this. We're going to have games where we score 10, 12 runs and give up eight or nine. That's just the way the game goes."
The Braves will travel north as they send Paul Maholm (11-9, 3.79 ERA) to the mound against Jon Niese (10-8, 3.55 ERA) and the New York Mets at 7:10 PM EDT.
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