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Saturday, May 5th
(All times Eastern)
Atlanta Braves (16-11) at Colorado Rockies (12-13), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Mike Minor (2-2, 4.68)
Colorado - Jamie Moyer (1-2, 3.14)
(Sports Network) - Ageless Jamie Moyer hopes for a little run support this
evening when the Colorado Rockies continue a three-game series with the
Atlanta Braves at Coors Field.
The 49-year-old Moyer has gotten a combined five runs from his teammates this
season and received none for the third time in a 6-5 home loss in 11 innings
to the New York Mets on Sunday. He wasn't that great either, as he allowed
four runs and 11 hits in five innings.
Moyer, the oldest player to ever win a big league game, is 1-2 with a 3.14
ERA. He's 6-10 lifetime against the Braves with a 5.08 ERA in 19 games (17
Run support wasn't a problem for anyone on Friday, as the Braves and Rockies
combined for 17 runs and 17 hits in Atlanta's 9-8, 11-inning win. Eric Hinske
racked up four of those hits for the Braves, including the go- ahead two-run
homer in the top of the 11th inning.
Hinske finished with three RBI, while Freddie Freeman added a two-run shot
among his four hits, Brian McCann contributed a two-run single and Chipper
Jones went 3-for-5 with a solo shot and three runs scored for the Braves, who
have won two of three.
"I got a nice pitch to hit there," Hinske said. "I got it up into the nice
Colorado air and got some backspin on it and it kept going."
Chad Durbin (2-0) tossed a scoreless 10th inning to pick up the win and Craig
Kimbrel gave up a run in the 11th, but nailed down his ninth save of the
Jonathan Herrera ripped a solo homer among his two hits, while Todd Helton
finished 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored. Dexter Fowler added a
two-run single for the Rockies, who have dropped two of their last three.
Edgmer Escalona (0-1) was saddled with the loss after giving up Hinske's
Atlanta will counter with righty Mike Minor, who was banged around by the
Pittsburgh Pirates in a loss on Monday. He gave up seven runs and eight hits
in 6 1/3 innings of that one and fell to 2-2 to go along with a 4.68 ERA.
"They showed if I don't make good pitches, what happens to me," Minor said
after the game. "I didn't really have command of any pitches. I had a lot of
strikeouts. But I don't really have an explanation of why. I was just really
This will be his first-ever start against the Rockies.
Atlanta was 6-2 against the Rockies last season. Since the start of the 2000
season, the Braves are 30-12 against the Rockies at home, but sport a losing
20-21 record at Coors Field.
05/05 10:56:10 ET