The Milwaukee Brewers took the first game of a four-game set against the Rockies on Thursday night, defeating Colorado by the score of 5-2. Lorenzo Cain homered on the first pitch of the game from Germán Márquez and the Brewers never looked back, scoring once more in the third inning and thrice in the fifth. The Rockies are now 4-13 when their opponent scores first. Old friend Jhoulys Chacin earned the win for the Brewers after allowing two runs in 5 1⁄3 innings.
The first inning continues to trip up Germán Márquez. Cain’s home run was the 12th first inning run Márquez has allowed in eight starts this season. He struggled with his command for most of the game, often looking stiff as he spiked or overthrew or just missed the strike zone. At several points he seemed visibly frustrated with the clay on the mound. With five runs allowed Thursday night over 4 2⁄3 innings, his ERA now stands at an unsightly 5.35.
But he was also a bit snakebit. He allowed three straight hits in the top of the fifth to make it 4-1 before inducing a groundout and a strikeout. With one on and two out and the pitcher, Chacin, at the plate, Márquez seemed poised to avoid any further damage. Then Chacin hit a slow roller in the direction of Arenado, but by the time he barehanded the ball there was no play at first. The next batter, Cain, drove in the Brewers’ fifth run and Márquez was out of the game.
A golden opportunity squandered
It was 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth when Nolan Arenado drew a one-out walk from Chacin. After a pitching change, David Dahl then singled and Trevor Story, who homered in the second, walked, the bases were loaded for Gerardo Parra. Unfortunately, he did the one thing he needed to not do, grounding into a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning and the threat. The Rockies went down in order from there until the end of the game, with the exception of a 2-out walk from Nolan Arenado in the eighth.
Both Rockies runs were scored via home run: a traditional (mammoth) blast from Trevor Story in the second and a triple-turned-Little-League-home-run from Ian Desmond in the fifth (his first hit of the homestand to go with his eight strikeouts). In other words, the offense was a bit one-dimensional.
It’s not as though the team has been without opportunities to score runs. Five hits and four walks isn’t a ton of offense, but they were able to move several of those runners into scoring position. After going 0-for-5 tonight, the team is now 0-for-17 with runners in scoring position over last two games.
These two teams will face off again on Friday night at Coors Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 pm MT as Chad Bettis seeks to keep his hot start going. Brandon Woodruff will take the hill for the Brewers.