Two Rockies pitchers — starter Ryan Feltner and reliever Julian Fernandez — made their big-league debuts Sunday afternoon at Coors Field.
The duo’s debut was, well, rocky.
The Atlanta Braves took full advantage, hitting four home runs and cruising to a 9-2 victory to earn a spit of the four-game series.
Charlie Morton, the Braves’ veteran right-hander, provided Colorado’s young duo with a template on how to pitch. Martin, 37, allowed just two runs on just two hits in seven innings as he improved to 13-5.
The very first pitch of Feltner’s career — a 91.6 mph cut fastball — ended up in the right-field seats, courtesy of a home run by Ozzie Albies. Feltner’s maiden voyage ended after just 2 2/3 innings. The product of Ohio State, who got called up from Double-A Hartford, gave up six runs on five hits, walked two, and hit a batter.
In Atlanta’s five-run third inning, Adam Duval launched a 440-foot, two-run homer to center off of the 25-year-old Feltner and Travis d’Arnaud immediately followed with a solo blast to right-center.
Fernandez, 25, called up from Triple-A Albuquerque, entered the game in the sixth and set the Braves down in order, displaying a 102.4 mph fastball against Dansby Swanson in an at-bat that ended with a strikeout.
Fernandez’s seventh inning didn’t go nearly as well. Jorge Soler rocketed a two-out double to right and scored on Freddie Freeman’s single. Austin Riley brought home Freeman with a two-run homer to left-center.
Colorado’s offense has been cranking out runs at Coors Field as summer heads toward fall, but it managed just two hits, both by Raimel Tapia. He hit a one-out single in the first and tripled to right field in the fourth, scoring on Brendan Rodgers’ groundout.
The Rockies open a three-game series vs. San Francisco on Monday at Coors Field. The Giants are battling the Dodgers for the National League West title.