Rockies 6, Braves 4
DENVER (AP)—Show me the money, sure, but how about some love, too?
Fogg met with manager Clint Hurdle earlier in the week, concerned that he wouldn’t get his 30th start, which would trigger a $50,000 contract incentive.
Hurdle said he’d give him the ball if he was more aggressive, and he was.
“I think what I’ve done has warranted me being able to start the rest of the year,” Fogg said. “I’ve had some bad games, but this is my 10th win today. I don’t think I deserve to be taken out of the rotation.”
Although there was financial incentive to start again, Fogg (10-9) said he was more concerned about ending this season on a high note than in pocketing more money.
“That’s the other part of the game, but you want to go out there and win, that’s your main goal,” Fogg said. “You play this game to win, you don’t play this game to reach contractual incentives.”
Fogg called the meeting with his manager after reporters began speculating that his remaining starts would go to young pitchers the organization is evaluating after Fog went five straight starts without a win.
“I just felt it was my right to know whether he was doing it or not. I went in there and asked him,” Fogg said. “We had a good conversation. He said I needed to step it up and turn it around. There was no doubt that I had been struggling,
“I wanted to prove I was still capable of going out there and pitching and I think I did that tonight.”
Fogg gave up three earned runs, eight hits and two walks in 6 2-3 innings for his first win since Aug. 17.
“I thought he pitched a very professional game,” Hurdle said. “He had been on the downside of things and struggled. We had a nice conversation before he made this start, I just told him he needed to pitch more aggressive. He needed to use both sides of the plate, he needed to pitch to both sides of the plate and not just to guys at the bottom of the order. He needed to do that to everybody.”
He sure did, recording 10 groundball outs.
Todd Helton gave Colorado the lead for good on a wet and chilly night when he smacked a two-run double off the center-field wall in the fifth to put the Rockies ahead 4-3.
After Braves third baseman Willy Aybar made a nice, barehanded play to nail Kaz Matsui at the plate for the first out, Helton sent Tim Hudson’s next pitch off the fence in center field to erase Atlanta’s 3-2 lead.
Troy Tulowitzki followed with a run-scoring groundout.
Hudson (12-12) allowed six earned runs, nine hits and four walks in 5 1-3 innings.
Rockies rookie Jeff Baker hit his fourth homer this week, a two-run shot that traveled 421 feet into the rock pile beyond the center-field wall and gave Colorado a 2-1 lead in the first. Jeff Francoeur had singled home a run in the top half.
“The balls were flying tonight,” Braves manager Bobby Cox said. “Helton crushed his double. I didn’t think Baker’s ball was going out. Seemed like a long fly ball. That’s Coors Field.”
Brian McCann, who has 54 RBIs since the All-Star break, restored the Braves’ lead with a two-run double in a driving rain in the third inning, putting Atlanta ahead 3-2. He added an RBI double off Ray King with one out in the eighth that pulled Atlanta to 6-4 after Matsui’s run-scoring single off Hudson in the sixth.
Brian Fuentes pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 32 chances.
The Braves have to go 7-1 over their final eight games to keep Cox’s streak of 15 winning seasons alive. … Hudson is 99-17 in games in which his team has scored at least four runs.