Down to their final out—their final strike—after a brilliant performance from Mike Foltynewicz, the Colorado Rockies looked primed to drop the third game of this four-game set against the Atlanta Braves in sputtering fashion.

They had not scored a run and had only mounted one rally, but it turned out that they still had a few in them. Huge hits from Trevor Story, David Dahl, Ian Desmond, and Gerardo Parra tied the game out of nowhere. DJ LeMahieu, Carlos Gonzalez, and Nolan Arenado put it away in extras for one of the most impressive and unlikely wins of the season.

The Braves weren’t just an out—a strike on Desmond—away from securing the win, they were that close to securing a shutout in a game they ended up losing 5-3 to the purplers from Denver.

Colorado starter Antonio Senzatela worked well in his five innings, returning from a DL stint with shoulder soreness.

Senzatela’s only blemish came in the third and he nearly worked out of it. It began when Dansby Swanson, who has been a thorn in the Rockies side in every game these two teams have played this season, singled on a sharp grounder through the left side.

He was erased from the basepaths when Ian Desmond fielded a Foltynewicz sac bunt attempt and got the force out with a strong throw to second. Senzatela got ahead of Ronald Acuna Jr. in the next at-bat but the rookie was able to foul off some tough pitches and eventually draw a walk. He got the groundball he was looking for out of Ozzie Albies but it wasn’t hit hard enough to turn two, DJ LeMahieu settling for one out at first.

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Drew Creasman
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Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of   Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition.   Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for PurpleRow.com in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization.   A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts.   Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series.   The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.   One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close.   Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party.   The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.