3:45 p.m. MT — ROCKIES WIN!
Greg Holland closes the game out. After walking Jonathan Villar to begin the inning, Holland got Thames to line out. Ryan Braun grounded into a double play that went 5-4-3. A huge assist to Nolan with a great play.
3:29 p.m. MT — The Rockies botched a hit-and-run with Mark Reynolds on base and Tony Wolters at the plate, but pinch hitter Alexi Amarista rendered it moot with an RBI double to give the Rockies an insurance run.
Greg Holland is in to try and close this one out.
3:17 p.m. MT — Things looked extremely bleak when Adam Ottavino walked the first two batters of the eighth inning, but he eased our concerns by bouncing back to strike out each of the next three batters he faced. Otto left the field with a rebel yell in a moment that was undoubtedly huge for him.
2:38 p.m. MT — And the Rockies take the lead! The Brewers’ catcher tried to throw out Charlie Blackmon on a steal attempt, but the ball went into the outfield, gifting the Rockies the go-ahead run.
Score: Rockies 6, Brewers 5, Top 7th
2:36 p.m. MT — With the bases loaded and just one out recorded in the seventh, Charlie Blackmon sent a liner to short, but the Brewers bobbled the ball after recording the out at second, allowing a run to score.
Score: Rockies 5, Brewers 5, Top 7th
2:26 p.m. MT — The Rockies took a chance sending Gerardo Parra to home on Mark Reynolds’ hit to the left field corner, but the relay throw was too good, nailing Parra on the slide. Rockies still down by one.
2:22 p.m. MT — Carlos Estévez gave up a long flyball to dead center, but Charlie Blackmon made a leaping snow cone catch. The bottom of the 6th ended as it began, with the Brewers still in the lead.
2:00 p.m. MT — That went about as well as can be expected. After striking out Braun, Oberg allowed an RBI double by Travis Shaw to give the Brewers the lead.
Score: Rockies 4, Brewers 5, Bottom 5
1:50 p.m. MT — Well maybe that’s why. Jon Gray loads the bases and gives up back to back doubles to Jonathan Villar and Eric Thames to tie up the baseball game. And that’ll be it for Gray, who finishes with seven strikeouts and two walks in four plus innings. He’s responsible for the runner on second, and Scott Oberg will be responsible to get them out.
Score: Rockies 4, Brewers 4, Bottom 4
1:30 p.m. MT — Jon Gray is now striking out fools on change ups and I’m now wondering why the Brewers are even bothering to step to the plate. Another 1-2-3 inning for Gray.
87 mph changeup for strikeout No. 7 pic.twitter.com/rG0tAhjVCX— Jake Shapiro (@Shapalicious) April 3, 2017
Score: Rockies 4, Brewers 0, End of 4
1:25 p.m. MT — The Rockies are piling on in the fourth. Nolan bloops one over first baseman Eric Thames (pronounced not the way you think) then a Trevor Story doubled to left. And, you won’t believe this, Gerardo Parra (!) first pitch (!!) single to drive in Nolan to make it 3-0. Mark Reynolds then grounds into a fielders choice to push the lead to 4-0.
Score: Rockies 4, Brewers 0, Middle of 4
1:10 p.m. MT — Jon Gray got himself into a bit of a jam, runners on first and second with two outs and Ryan Braun at the plate. What does he do? Oh, just strikes out the perennial All-Star on a 92 mph back foot slider. You know, the usual.
That’s SIX strikeouts after three innings for Gray, for those keeping score at home.
Score: Rockies 2, Brewers 0, End of 3
12:55 p.m. MT — Remember when the Rockies signed Mark Reynolds and we thought we were going to get all kinds of easy homers and long bombs? We had to wait an extra year for these:
First plate appearance of the season?— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) April 3, 2017
Not bad Mr. Reyn lds! pic.twitter.com/SALqLGiY8d
12:50 p.m. MT — After hitting 98 and 99 mph during the at-bat, Gray finally gets Jett Bandy to swing and miss on a 91 mph slider to end the second inning. Brewers waste a leadoff double from Travis Shaw and Gray has four strikeouts through two innings.
This could be a fun day.
Score: Rockies 2, Brewers 0, End of 2
12:45 p.m. MT — Here’s the StatCast data on the Reynolds homer.
12:36 p.m. MT — Mark Reynolds makes Guerra pay for his offenses by reaching down to drive a low and away pitch over the fence in left-center to give the Rockies their first lead of the year.
Score: Rockies 2, Brewers 0
12:30 p.m. MT — Junior Guerra comes inside on Nolan Arenado to lead off the bottom of the second, knocks him off his feet, and the entirety of Rockies Nation is ready to form an angry mob. Don’t worry, it looks like it just hit his jersey.
12:24 p.m. MT — Jon Gray worked a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts. Let’s settle in now.
Score: Rockies 0, Brewers 0
12:11 p.m. MT — Charlie Blackmon begins the season by taking a ball low and away, but flies out to shallow left field a couple pitches later. WE’RE UNDERWAY!
12:04 p.m. MT — It’s almost time for Chuck to step into the batter’s box. Are you ready?
10:06 a.m. MT — The tailgate party is going strong. Brewers fans are known for taking this slice of football tradition and applying it to baseball. From the looks of it, they’re doing it right.
9:33 a.m. MT — Lineups are in! Here’s how the hometown nine will look in the opener:
Ah, Opening Day. I can almost smell the fresh-cut grass from here.
Happy baseballing, everyone. We hope you enjoy every minute of it.