The Colorado Rockies dropped their first game of the 2017 season on Wednesday night, falling to the Milwaukee Brewers by a final score of 6-1 on a night their high-powered offense struggled to get anything going.
After a combination of good pitching and bad baserunning led to a scoreless first three innings, Eric Thames started off the scoring with a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth, his first in the major leagues since September 23, 2012. Two batters later, after a Ryan Braun infield single, Travis Shaw went deep with a 2-run homer of his own. Just like that, the Brewers led 3-0, which would prove to be all the offense they needed.
Brewers’ starter Wily Peralta stymied the Rockies across five scoreless frames, as he allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out five. The good news for the Rockies was it took him 90 pitches to complete those five innings, meaning a Milwaukee bullpen that had been tasked with throwing 102⁄3 innings in the first two games of the series would need to pick up four more to close this one out.
That proved to be no problem for the first two Brewers relievers into the game. Carlos Torres and Corey Knebel combined to throw three hitless innings (though they did walk four), before Taylor Jungmann took over in the ninth. Jungmann, on the other hand, struggled mightily in his 2⁄3 of an inning, allowing a run on two hits, a walk, and a hit batter before Brewers’ manager Craig Counsell was forced to go to closer Neftali Feliz in a 6-1 game with the bases loaded and Charlie Blackmon at the plate. Feliz did his job and slammed the door, striking out Blackmon and preserving the victory for Milwaukee.
On the pitching side, Tyler Chatwood had the third straight up and down start for the Rockies. He allowed four runs (all earned) on seven hits in six innings of work. On the bright side, he struck out five with just one walk, but he also allowed two home runs and his balk in the sixth inning led to Milwaukee tacking on an insurance run. Jordan Lyles also made his first appearance of the season and, unsurprisingly, struggled. The 26-year-old righty, who for some reason was tendered a contract in the offseason, allowed two runs on three hits, a 2-run blast from Jonathan Villar doing most of the damage, in two innings of work. He did manage to strike out a pair without surrendering a walk.
The loss for the Rockies drops them to 2-1 on the young season, while the Brewers naturally improve to 1-2. The Rockies will again go for the series victory tomorrow afternoon in the finale of the four-game set as Antonio Senzatela will make his Major League debut against Chase Anderson of the Brewers. First pitch is set for 11:40 am mountain time.