Recap: Atlanta Braves offense explodes as they rout the Rockies 10-2

Jun 17, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson (28) celebrates with
Jun 17, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Matt Olson (28) celebrates with / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves sent Bryce Elder to the mound as they faced the Colorado Rockies in game three of their series. Atlanta's offense has come alive the last couple of games and that was on display yet again on Saturday with a 10-2 victory.

Things started off on the right foot as the Braves loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning. Matt Olson then deposited a 3-0 pitch into the left field seats with a 424 foot home run for a grand slam. Atlanta jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead and didn't look back from that point.

They added two more runs in the second inning with a sacrifice fly from Michael Harris and a solo home run by Ozzie Albies. Atlanta carried a 6-0 lead into the third inning and seemed to be on cruise control. All Bryce Elder needed to do was continue to pitch as well as he's pitched all year.

Elder looked good on Saturday and completed six innings of work allowing just one earned run on four hits with four strikeouts. The most important stat of this game for Elder was the fact that he did not issue a single walk. That had been an issue in his last two starts but he looked much better in this game.

Sean Murphy led off the third inning with a single but would leave the game after he pulled up a little bit running to first. Murphy apparently was experiencing hamstring tightness and would have to leave the game. His teammates continued the inning by adding three more runs with a two-run homer by Eddie Rosario which was followed by a solo homer by Orlando Arcia.

Arcia was 3-for-4 on Saturday and was just one hit shy of completing the cycle. He had a RBI single in the fifth inning to give Atlanta their tenth run of the game. Along with his three hits, the Braves totaled 13 of them on Saturday as they appeared to be fully locked in.

The Rockies scored on a solo homer by Mike Moustakas in the top of the fifth against Elder. Their second run came in the seventh on a RBI double by Harold Castro with Joe Jimenez on the mound for the Braves. Jimenez allowed just one run on two hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

The last two innings were covered by A.J. Minter and Nick Anderson and they didn't allow a single hit or run combined. They also combined to allow just one walk and three strikeouts. Everything was clicking for the offense and defense on Saturday and it was nice to see. Atlanta has scored 26 runs in the series so far.

Charlie Morton will take the ball Sunday on Father's Day and hope for a sweep against the Rockies. It's been a fun series so far and I don't expect that to change on Sunday. Something has unlocked within the Atlanta offense and it's fun to watch.