It turns out the Rockies can score runs against the Brewers, and even win while doing so, as Colorado beat Milwaukee 11-4 on Wednesday night. The Rockies got an uneven performance from starter Antonio Senzatela, but the bullpen mostly held things down. In any case, the offense made it easy for the pitching staff.
Beating the bullpen
Chase Anderson was slated to start for the Brewers, but he was scratched with a finger laceration that he got during his bullpen session. This unexpected bullpen game didn’t start well for the Brewers, as Nolan Arenado hit a three-run home run in the first inning to give the Rockies an early lead. That was Arenado’s seventh home run of the season.
The Rockies added three more in the sixth, four more in the eighth. Trevor Story capped off the eighth inning scoring with a three-run home run of his own. Arenado hit his second homer of the game in the ninth to make it an 11-4 game. Arenado and Story are tied for the team lead with eight home runs apiece.
Antonio Senzatela didn’t have a great start, as he gave up four hits and walked three batters in just three innings, while striking out just two batters. Senzatela threw 86 pitches, 46 for strikes. It was the weakest of his four starts since rejoining the rotation, and hopefully this is just a blip and he still has that unexciting but useful magic that makes him a productive back of the rotation starter.
The Rockies and Brewers finish their four-game series tomorrow afternoon, with the first pitch scheduled for 11:10 Denver time. Jon Gray gets the start against Freddy Peralta.