In a week full of computer glitches, crashes, and hacking news, probably the most bizarre story occurred last night. First, United Airlines had to shut down all flights when their system crashed due to a faulty router. Minutes later, the New York Stock Exchange went dark during the middle of the trading day. 21 and a half million people had their personal info, including SSNs hacked from the OPM, and finally – most unbelievably – late Friday night, the Colorado Rockies AND Major League Baseball’s computer reported that the Atlanta Braves actually scored three runs while Shelby Miller was pitching.
Miller went six innings, and did give up the five Colorado runs, but he didn’t pitch too badly. He struck out 7 and walked only 1 – which is key in Coors Field. He did give up 11 hits, but several of them were Coors Field specials.
The Rockies started off the scoring in the first, when Nolan Arrenado doubled home D.J. LeMahieu. The main damage came in the 4th. Nick Hundley blooped a single that would have been caught in 29 other parks, but Nick Markakis, playing deep because Coors Field, couldn’t reach. Then Daniel Descalso broke out of an 0 for 20 slump when he tripled to the wall in right center. Neither Markakis nor Cameron Maybin could cut off the ball because Coors Field. Brandon Barnes then singled home the second run of the inning when his grounder eluded both a diving Miller and a diving Jace Peterson.
Things started to look like it would end there when Barnes stole second, but overslid the bag and was tagged out, followed by the pitcher striking out. But, Charlie Blackmon hit a flyball that Jonny Gomes couldn’t track down because Coors Field for a triple, and LeMahieu hit another flyball that Maybin couldn’t run down because Coors Field for a ground rule double. Carlos Gonzalez completed the scoring for the Rockies with a solo shot to dead center in the 5th that probably would’ve been gone in most parks, but with Coors Field….?
The computer glitch occurred in the top of the 6th. Maybin was shown to have singled, followed by Markakis reportedly hit by a pitch by Aaron Laffey. Kelly Johnson then allegedly homered because Coors Field taketh, and Coors Field giveth.
Manny Banuelos, Arodys Vizcaino, and The Other David Carpenter finished up the game without surrendering any runs. But, the Rockies pen was just as effective (of course, they were facing the Braves) for the final score.