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McHugh misses out on home start

ATLANTA — If everything had gone as Collin McHugh and Colorado had hoped, the Providence Christian graduate would be starting for the Rockies in the finale of their four-game series with the Braves on Thursday night at Turner Field.

But it didn’t and McHugh won’t.

Promoted from Class AAA to pitch against Milwaukee on Saturday night in Denver, the right-hander struggled from the start in his Colorado debut.

McHugh, 26, gave up nine hits and six runs in five innings. All of the runs and eight of the hits came in the first three innings.

“Tough start for him,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “He got some sliders up that they hit pretty well.”

So McHugh, obtained from the New York Mets in a June trade for outfielder Eric Young Jr., was sent back to Colorado Springs on Sunday. A Braves fan growing up, McHugh won’t get to realize his dream of pitching in Turner Field – at least for this year.

“It would have been nice for him,” said Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon, a North Gwinnett graduate who played at Georgia Tech. “It was a hard situation, coming up like that to pitch. But I’m sure he’ll bounce back well.”

McHugh, an 18th-round draft choice by the Mets out of Berry College in 2008, pitched seven scoreless innings with nine strikeouts in his New York debut against Colorado last August.

McHugh got a no-decision, though, as the Mets lost in extra-innings and hasn’t had any major league success since then. He has pitched in 12 games, including six starts, and is 0-6 with an 8.64 ERA.