That was closer than it should have been.
The Braves again took an early lead, getting two runs in the first, Conrad driving in McCann on an infield single and Jurrjens coming through with a single to score Conrad (after Diory had singled him to second). Jurrjens was outstanding at the plate and in the field, getting two hits while giving up only five, and taking a shutout to the seventh. The Braves made it 3-0 in the fifth when McCann hit a sac fly to score Jurrjens, and 4-0 with another McCann sac fly to score McLouth. It’s certainly better to get sac flies than popups or strikeouts or Francoeur Specials (the classic one-out, bases-loaded GIDP) but if you get a hit there the Braves break it open. They had several chances but could never quite do it.
Jurrjens gave up a homer leading off the seventh, and then gave up a double to the next man. Bobby came in with Moylan, because, well, you have to use someone. He got the first man on a strikeout, but then allowed a single to score him, then another single, then a passed ball scored the runner from third to make it 4-3, but Moylan somehow got two groundouts to end the inning. O’Flaherty (in the setup role with Gonzalez back in Atlanta to see the doctors — you know it’s a real problem when he goes to Birmingham) gave up a sad little single, then got the next two, but ran into one of those python strike zones and issued a walk. Acosta came in, and gave up a grounder up the middle, but Conrad was there and picked it up for the forceout. Soriano went 0-2 on the first man in the ninth, only to give up another pathetic single, then said “to hell with it” and struck out the side on ten pitches. He’s pretty good.
Ryan Church was 0-4 but hit the ball hard, and just missed a Coors Field grand slam, and very successfully managed his main job of not being Jeff Francoeur. The Rockies walked Chipper twice, one intentionally, which frankly is a clear sign of disrespect and McCann made them pay enough, I guess.