11:30p Hearing the phrase “The Brewers won on the road” isn’t very common, but hearing “The Brewers won at Coors Field” is even more uncommon.
The Brewers pulled out a great win today against the Rockies, 8-7. It was back-and-forth all game, but in the end, some clutch hitting and bullpen work gave the Crew the win.
The Rockies got on the board first in the second inning, but in a frustrating way. After Brewers starter Zack Greinke gave up a two-out triple to Ian Stewart, catcher Jonathan Lucroy dropped a third strike, then a wild throw to first allowed Stewart to score. Chris Iannetta drove in Dexter Fowler, who reached on the dropped strike, with an RBI double. Jhoulys Chacin would follow with a RBI single to make it 3-0, Rockies. None of these runs were charged to Greinke, however. Greinke would exit after six innings. He gave up three runs (none earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out eight. This was the first time this season that Greinke did not give up an earned run during a start.
The Brewers finally got to Chacin in the fifth. After Chacin walked Greinke on four pitches, Corey Hart hit a frozen rope line drive homer to cut the deficit to 3-2.
The Brewers also got to Chacin in the seventh, when he ran into some control issues. Josh Wilson and Lucroy hit back-to-back singles to start the inning, then Craig Counsell, pinch-hitting for Greinke, advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Chacin’s night ended after he hit Hart with a pitch to load the bases. Chacin went 6 1/3 innings while giving up five runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out five.
Matt Reynolds came in in relief of Chacin, but the Brewers got to him as well. Nyjer Morgan laid down a perfect drag bunt to score Wilson. Then, during the same play, first basemen Todd Helton attempted to throw the ball home with his glove, but the ball went over the catcher’s head, allowing the go-ahead run to score. Mark Kotsay followed up with a sac fly to give the Brewers a 5-3 lead.
LaTroy Hawkins came in relief of Greinke, but, after letting the first two batters reach and retiring only one batter, Ron Roenicke decided to go to his bullpen. And who does he call? Kameron Loe.
Loe let both of Hawkins’ runs score and was charged with one to himself, and blew yet another save. This gave the Rockies a 6-5 lead.
The Brewers countered in the eighth, when Yuniesky Betancourt scored on George Kottaras’ RBI groundout to tie the game at 6-6.
In the bottom of the eighth, the long awaited K-Rod debut finally happened. Francisco Rodriguez tossed a scoreless inning in his Brewers debut and worked around a Prince Fielder error. He would get the win, and you’re about to figure out why.
Huston Street was in for the Rockies to try and keep the game tied, but couldn’t do so. After walking Fielder, Rickie Weeks hammered a go-ahead homer to give the Brewers an 8-6 lead.
John Axford came in the bottom of the inning to record his 24th save of the year, despite giving up a run.
K-Rod makes Brewers debut
Rodriguez finally made his Brewers debut today, and did something that the rest of the Brewers’ bullpen has struggled to do- throw a somewhat clean inning. It wasn’t a perfect inning because the worst defensive first baseman in baseball (Fielder) made an error, but Rodriguez worked around it and was eventually rewarded the win.
Anyway, I could get used to seeing innings like this. I can tell just from that one inning today that Rodriguez is going to be our most consistent reliever for the rest of the year.
Street continues to struggle against Brewers
Street’s struggles against the Brewers against the Brewers continued today, as he gave up a go-ahead shot to Weeks in the ninth. Coming into today, Street’s career numbers against the Brewers were 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA.
Braun exits early with more injuries…
Ryan Braun exited the game early today with a calf strain AND a hamstring strain. He hasn’t been running very well all series, so I guess it was bound to happen. Hopefully this doesn’t set him back for too long.
Anyway… I might add more tomorrow. But I’m completely exhausted right now… The only reason I’m awake is because of sheer excitement from the Brewers win.