Walks were a problem for Jhoulys Chacin earlier in the season when he was pitching with an irritated nerve in his right pectoral muscle. He had 15 walks and 22 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings in his first five starts before going on the disabled list May 2. Since returning, Chacin's command has been very good with four walks and eight strikeouts in 18 innings while going 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA.
On Saturday, Chacin threw 53 of 74 pitches for strikes, and manager Jim Tracy said, "I've been here since 2009, and I have not seen fastball command from Jhoulys Chacin like I saw it last night."
The Rockies have had little success lately against the Braves at Turner Field, where they open a four-game series Monday. Beginning in 2003, the Rockies have lost 22 of their past 28 games there. The Rockies last won a series at Turner field in 2005 when they won two of three. In an earlier meeting this season, the Braves swept a three-game series from the Rockies at Coors Field on May 4-6.
The Rockies activated reliever Edgmer Escalona, who had been on the 15-day disabled list with right triceps tendon inflammation retroactive to Aug. 5. In two previous tours with the Rockies this season, Escalona is 0-1 with an 11.88 ERA in nine games.
First baseman Jordan Pacheco tied his career-high 11-game hitting streak with a two-run double in the third while batting fourth for the second time in three games. Pacheco has hit in seven of the nine spots in the lineup. He has not hit first or last.
Pacheco doesn't pay much attention to where he hits or make a point to check the lineup first thing when arriving at the clubhouse.
"There's already way too much going on in this game to be thinking where I'm going to be hitting in the lineup," he said.
Pacheco finished the game 2-for-4. He has gone 15-for-42 (.357) during his 11-game streak. He also hit in 11 straight games from May 15-26. The Rockies longest hitting streak is 12 straight games by Carlos Gonzalez from June 22-July 4.
Dexter Fowler's first career grand slam Saturday was the Rockies seventh of the season, one shy of their franchise record eight grand slams in 2007. Only the Yankees (nine) have more grand slams than the Rockies this season. The grand slam was Fowler's 13th homer of the season and first in 113 at-bats since July 18.