The Milwaukee Brewers teed off on first-time Colorado Rockies starter Collin McHugh, running-out to a 6-0 lead after three innings, and hanging-on for a 7-5 victory on a rainy Saturday night at Coors Field in Denver. The Colorado offense meanwhile looked like it intended to add Brewers’ starter Tom Gorzelanny to the litany pitchers who’ve turned-in career performances against them, until the erstwhile reliever faltered with one out in the 6th, which has been his policy.
Rickie Weeks got things started for Milwaukee with a lead-off double to left. Nori Aoki bunted him over. The Rockies brought the infield in and Segura made them pay with a ground single between Troy Tulowitzki and Arenado. Jonathan Lucroy followed with blast off the shin of McHugh and into right-field, driving Segura to 3rd. Segura scored on a sacrifice fly by Carlos Gomez, then Lucroy came home on another double, this one by Caleb Gindl. McHugh finally got Yuniesky Betancourt for the 3rd out after walking Juan Francisco. In the 2nd, McHugh got Gorzelanny and Nolen Arenado bailed him out on a Weeks grounder to deep 3rd, but Aoki dropped a textbook bunt between McHugh and DJ Le Mahieu. The Brewers then unleashed their league-leading running game. Aoki stole 2nd and moved to 3rd on a wild throw from Wilin Rosario, who was high and wide-right all night with Milwaukee swiping 5. Segura knocked him-in with a single up the middle. In the 3rd the Brewers used the long ball. Gomez singled leading off, stole his first of three, then trotted home as Francisco lofted one over Big Money Michael Cuddyer’s head and into the right-field pavilion.
A steady rain developed in the 5th, and Gorzelanny was cruising along with one out in the 6th when Le Mahieu doubled to right. Tulowitzki singled him home, then Gorzelanny walked Cuddyer as the rain ratcheted into a downpour. Rosario stepped-in and flailed wildly at the left-hander’s first delivery, which was about two feet outside and a foot over his head. Determined, the Colorado catcher regrouped and deposited a 1-1 slider just below the Revive sign in the left-field corner to bring the Rockies within 2 at 6-4.
But Colorado could not Revive. Lucroy made it 7-4 with a homer off of Adam Ottavino top of the 7th, and Brandon Kintzler handled the Rockies in the bottom of the inning. Tulowitzki made it 7-5 when he led-off the 8th with a shot into the right-field stands. Then with Edgmer Escalona setting the Brewers down in the 9th the rain escalated into a torrent that resulted in a 105 minute delay. Jim Henderson came-on for Milwaukee and dispatched Colorado 1-2-3.
The teams go back at it in about 5-1/2 hours. Jhoulys Chacin will go for the Rockies against the Brewers’ Donovan Hand.