By Matt Berliner
Rockies 12 Braves 6
Baseball is a funny sport. Isn't it weird how when one team scores, another can usually match it the very next inning...not always pull ahead...but match it. A lot of times a team scores 2 and the other can score 1 or 2, but not 3, keeping the score tied. Does it have something to do with the competitiveness to tie it, but once its tied, you relax and that prevents you, or lowers your intensity to a point where you fail to score that one run that puts you ahead....at least for that inning?
Ok, back to the Braves...(yes we have to)
Chuck James really put them in a hole early with that 6 run 3rd inning. I'm happy the bats woke up a little, but I believe that after getting a commanding lead, the Rockies probly played a little too relaxed. Not to say they let us score, but like I said in the paragraph above...the competitive level wasn't the same as it would be in a tie game.
Mark Teixiera in my opinion needs to stand closer to the plate. He can't seem to reach anything down the middle, except to drive it into the ground. I'm confident that when the weather warms up, so will Teixiera.
I really think Escobar needs to lead off and have Kotsay or Johnson bat second. Escobar is doing a great job getting on base, but there is usually one out already. I think there will be a lot more chances for Chipper to drive him in that way....and then when Teixiera gets hot, he can drive Chipper in.
So Tim Hudson starts this afternoon. Hopefully we can salvage one game in this series. Colorado was due for a few wins coming in, but now the Braves are due.