Kyle Kendrick (1-0, 0.00) got his four plate appearances in, going 2 for 3, got into the 7th inning (he went 7), and the Colorado Rockies’ offense scored early and often in a perfectly scripted opening day victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, 10-0 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, elevation 634. Carlos Gonzalez was 2 for 4, Troy Tulowitzki was 3 for 5, and Nolan Arenado was 3 for 4 with 4 RBI as the Rockies’ big guns led the way with a full-frontal assault on Brewers’ ace Kyle Lohse (0-1, 21.60).
Charlie Blackmon flew-out to left-field to get 2015 started, then Gonzalez doubled and scored on an ensuing double by Tulowitzki. Justin Morneau popped to short, but Arenado followed with Colorado’s third double of the inning, and Corey Dickerson, who matched Arenado with 4 RBI, took Lohse deep to right for a 4-0 Rockies lead.
Kendrick retired Milwaukee in-order in the 1st, and worked-out of big trouble in the 2nd, getting Jean Segura to ground into a 5-4-3 double play with the bases loaded. Tulo led-off the 3rd with his second double of the night, and after Morneau, who was 0 for 5, lined to shortstop, Arenado drilled Lohse’ fourth pitch into the center-field bleachers to extend the Colorado lead to 6-0.
Kendrick doubled (the Rockies had 6 of them) leading-off the 4th, and came around on a single by Gonzalez. Tulowitzki moved Cargo to 2nd with his third hit of the night, and after another Morneau line-out, Arenado looped a wounded duck over the head of Scooter Gennett and in front of Carlos Gomez, scoring Gonzalez. With Tulowitzki at 3rd and Arenado at 2nd, Dickerson lifted a big balloon over the head and to the right of Gomez, bouncing it into the seats and driving-in both runners, inflating the Colorado run total to 10, which would hold-up as Kendrick, Rafael Betancourt, and Christian Friedrich held the Brewers to a big round goose egg.
Kendrick was workmanlike and competent, shutting Milwaukee down on 7 hits over 7 innings. He surrendered singles to Aramis Ramirez and Khris Davis in the 4th, but struck-out Gennett to avoid trouble there. Adam Lind and Jean Segura had singles in the 7th, but Kendrick got pinch hitter Luis Jimenez to pop to short, and headed to the showers. Betancourt dispatched the Brewers 1-2-3 in the 8th, and Friedrich worked around another Lind single (he had 3 of them) in the 9th to close things out.
The Rockies will log that one in the book and get set for another road triumph tomorrow, when they send Jordan Lyles out against Milwaukee’s Matt Garza. Game time is 6:10 at Miller Park.