Quote from the pre-game post, “If the pitching staff can keep the ball inside the park and the hitters can put out hits in double digits….”. Colorado did exactly what they were asked to do and came away with a 10-4 rout of the Brew Crew. Even though Milwaukee drew the first blood scoring a run in second on a Adam Lind double and RBI single by Hernan Perez with two outs, Colorado responded by getting the bats out starting in the third inning in front of over 41,000 fans on Father’s Day.
All Rocky hitters chipped in putting up three runs in the third and fourth inning each and four more in the sixth to put the game away. They totaled 15 hits (3 XBHs), 3 BBs, and 10 runs (7 ER) while striking out just five times (one by relief pitcher in mop up role). Starter Chris Rusin had a quality start giving up single runs in each of the 2nd, 4th, and 6th inning. Colorado also received a quality relief stint as a group from Boone Logan, Jim Miller, and Christian Friedrich. They gave up one run on four hits and a walk. Something is not right with Logan when he gives up a walk and a hit in LOOGY situations. Miller cleaned up after Logan and gave up back-to-back doubles in the eighth inning. Friedrich slammed the door with a four out work.
Colorado made one great play that only championship teams do. With the Nick Hundley on 2B and Rafael Ynoa on 1B, Rusin came up in a bunt situation with no outs. They saw that the Brewers’ infield was very aggressive on the bunt leaving 2B and 3B exposed. Both runners and Rusin got the signs for a double steal while showing bunt only. Hundley and Ynoa moved up without a throw from the catcher. Eventually they both scored.
The only bad news is that CarGo had to come out of the game with a sprained wrist banging into the wall chasing a Ryan Braun fly ball triple. He is on a day to day basis. The Rockies have their first off day tomorrow in quite some time. Rusin likely bought at least another start before Jon Gray comes up. Ynoa had a couple of plays that would probably have been made by any of the regular outfielders. Combined with CarGo’s minor injury, it will be a good time to call up either Kyle Parker or Drew Stubbs.
Colorado extends their win streak to two games and needs nine more victories to get back to .500 ball. They must sweep Arizona in a three-game set to regain their Coors Field mojo back. Good starting pitcher performances will be be very helpful in making a sweep possible.