The last time the Rockies opened a series in Milwaukee, they faced Zack Greinke and somehow managed to take a lead against him. Then, a solo home run tied the game to send it to extra innings, where the the Brewers won on a walk-off home run. Yeah...that exact same thing happened tonight.
Your edits: instead of the 14th inning, Prince Fielder and Felipe Paulino, the specs on the wal-off shot tonight were: 11th, Ryan Braun, Matt Lindstrom. Working in his second inning of relief after a 9-pitch 10th inning, Lindstrom locked in a 10-pitch battle with Braun, who swatted a 94mph sinker down and in over the center field wall for the winning run.
Before Braun's heroics could only be described as a pitcher's duel: two runs total in 10.5 innings. But it didn't feel much like a pitcher's duel. Zack Greinke battled extreme fastball control issues, throwing 33 pitches in the first inning and 100 through four innings. He reached an unbelievabale nine full counts, with two resulting in walks. He did strike out nine in his five innings of work, with the only run coming on doubles by Seth Smith and Wilin Rosario in the fourth inning.
Esmil Rogers teetered but didn't trip. The right-hander permitted eight men to reach base in six innings, but he sufficiently scattered all base runners, with a little help from his friends. A Price Fielder solo jack accounted for the run on Rogers.
The Rockies could have avoided extra innings, but Mark Ellis was out at the plate after reaching base in his first two plate appearances. On one, he was out on a contact play, when Troy Tulowitzki pulled a grounder to third with one out. The next time, he tried to score on a wild pitch that caromed out to the pitcher, who then threw home in time.
The loss officially eliminates the Rockies from postseason contention. Troy Tulowitzki left the game with a sore hip, the same injury that led Troy Renck to suggest tonight would be a longshot for Tulo to participate in. One has to think this setback will push Tulo to the bench for several days, if not the rest of the season.
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