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.