The eight-game winning streak is over for the Atlanta Braves after their loss at the hands of the Colorado Rockies. The Braves will have little time to focus on the loss with the Toronto Blue Jays next up.
In Colorado, Julio Teheran continued his excellent season by going six innings, giving up no runs and three hits. The only problem for Teheran and the Braves was the lack of run support from the Braves offense. The Rockies did a great job silencing the bats of the Braves for the majority of the game. It wasn’t until the 9th inning, when the Braves were already down 1-0, that the offense came to life. Newcomer, Francisco Cervalli, hits a triple to lead off the ninth inning before being driven home by another newcomer, Hechavarria, with a sacrifice fly. Unfortunately, for the Braves and Teheran, it was all for nothing when the Rockies walked off with a Ryan McMahon home run in the bottom of the 9th.
The eight-game winning streak is over with yesterday’s loss, and now the Braves are in Toronto for a quick two-game set with the Blue Jays. Toronto, 53-80, are the mirrored opposite of the Braves record, 80-53, coming into this series. After dealing with the pesky Mets and powerhouse Dodgers, this series will provide an opportunity for the Braves to beat up on a lesser opponent. With the Nationals only 5.5 games behind the Braves in the NL East, there will be no room for lackadaisical performances. The Braves will need to be pushing for both games, if possible.
Despite the loss that ended the eight-game winning streak, it wasn’t all bad news for the Braves in yesterday’s game. In his first game since the heel injury that has kept him sidelined, Dansby Swanson returned to the Braves lineup for yesterday’s game. His arrival back into the Braves lineup was uneventful, Swanson went 0-4, but having one of the best bats all season back in the lineup is always a good thing.
The Braves will send Mike Soroka out for the first game of the Blue Jays series. First pitch is at 7:07 tonight.