The Colorado Rockies used some late-inning heroics to get themselves a series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers and pull even on their nine-game homestand. The Rockies have played some dramatic games at Coors Field over the last week, capped by Jason Giambi’s walk-off, pinch-hit, three-run homer in Wednesday’s 8-5 triumph. The Atlanta Braves used up all of their runs in a 15-13, 11-inning win on Wednesday and fell flat in a 4-0 setback on Thursday. Having dropped three of their last four, the Braves will begin a nine-game trip in Colorado on Friday.
The Braves somehow became the first team to allow the Pittsburgh Pirates to score more than five runs in a game and then just barely scraped by the weak-hitting Phillies in that 15-13 final. For a team built around its pitching staff, Atlanta’s 4.43 starter’s ERA – 13th in the National League – is a cause for concern. The Rockies are last in the NL in starter’s ERA at 5.14 and have had to rely on their bats for each of their three wins on the current homestand.
Braves Rockies Betting
When: 8:40 PM ET, Friday, May 4, 2012
Where: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
TV: 8:40 p.m. ET, PTV (Atlanta), ROOT (Colorado)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves RH Tim Hudson (1-0, 3.60 ERA) vs. Rockies RH Guillermo Moscoso (0-1, 10.80 ERA)
Hudson did not make his first start of the season until last weekend, when he held the Pirates to two runs in five innings to pick up a win. The veteran sinkerballer has the type of stuff that usually plays well at Coors Field but has never won in Denver, going 0-2 with a 7.77 ERA in four career starts. Giambi, who came up through the minors with Hudson in the Oakland system, is 9-for-23 with three homers off his former teammate.
Moscoso took the place of the injured Jeremy Guthrie in the rotation and was lit up for six runs on nine hits in five innings by the New York Mets last week. The 28-year old Venezuelan is in his first season with the Rockies after starting out in the American League and has never faced the Braves.
1. Colorado has not won back-to-back games since taking three straight from April 17-20.
2. The Rockies will add right-hander Carlos Torres to the bullpen on Friday, taking the roster spot of struggling starter Jhoulys Chacin.
3. Braves 3B Chipper Jones is a career .323 hitter with a .592 slugging percentage at Coors Field.