Braves Drop Third Straight At Coors

| July 12, 2015

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Kyle Taylor, Valdosta Today Sports

DENVER – The Braves went on a streak where they won seven of eight games against NL East teams in recent weeks. On Friday night, Atlanta dropped their third straight loss, and the second straight against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

NL All-Star pitcher, Shelby Miller (5-4) was on the mound for the Braves against the last place NL West team. Miller has not been in the win column May 17th in Miami. In that time, the Braves starter has given up three runs or less seven times.

The Braves bats would once again fail to give Miller the support he needed on Friday. Miller, however, did give up five runs on eleven hits in five innings in the Braves 5-3 loss to the Rockies.

Atlanta went down 5-0 through the first five innings before Miller exited the game.

Rockies second baseman, D.J. LeMahieu, did his share of damage with two hits, an RBI, walk, and run scored.

Carlos Gonzalez (12) hit the only long ball for Colorado in the fifth against Shelby Miller.

MIller told MLB.com, “I really didn’t have anything that was sharp. Nothing was really there tonight at all.”

Carlos Gonzalez told the same reporters, “He was all over the place, threw a lot of pitches. He got away with some pitches because he’s good, and he’s got a power fastball and his cutter is really good. But whenever he came around the strike zone, our approach was not to do too much, just drive the ball. He was going to supply the power, and we were able to hit enough for extra bases. Everything just kept going and we scored runs.”

That would all the runs the home team would score in the game, but would be enough to give them the victory over the Braves on the last weekend of game before the All-Star break, which begins Monday with festivities in Cincinnati.

Kelly Johnson (9) hit a three-run home run in the top of the sixth that scored Cameron Maybin and Nick Markakis off of Rockies pitcher, Aaron Laffey.

John Axford came on in the ninth to close out the game for Colorado and converted his 16th save of the season.

Saturday and Sunday will be the last chance before the break for the Braves to make up ground in the East and feel a little better about their playoff hopes. The Braves will take on the Rockies Saturday at 4:10 ET, with Matt Wisler (3-1) taking on Jorge De La Rosa (6-3).

There have been rumors swirling in Braves Country of the possibility that the Braves could move players such as Cameron Maybin and Jason Grilli before the July 31st trade deadline. Of course, that would likely depend on where the Braves are the race by that time. It seems that Atlanta will come out of the break in desperate need of putting some wins together before that deadline in order to be a playoff contender come August and September. Otherwise, Braves fans may be seeing some more young talent coming our way at the expense of good, veteran players.

Still, those are just rumors going around, but the Braves are currently only five games out of the division with Freddie Freeman hopefully back soon after the All-Star break.

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